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H G Wells wrote about what the forthcoming World War I could be like in one of his novels, more as a warning about the horrors of war. There were other writers around the same time trying to use fiction in any form to do exactly the same. So you might want to use this era as a contrast to the more modern science fiction.
The other thing to remember that World War I was far more devastating on human lives than World War II – you only need to read the reality in Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth to see how horrific it was. It might be interesting for your project to gauge the changes in writing in science fictional war over time since H G Wells novels Tono-Bungay and The War in the Air (He is quoted to have said of the latter that his epitaph should read ‘I told you so’.)
Hope this helps.
Oops! Goofed… misread the article. Not sure where flight tests will be. Sorry.13/01/2013 at 6:35 pm in reply to: 17 billion potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way galaxy? #8531
I didn’t watch the programme, but I did catch the news… my immediate response was to note that if it wasn’t for an asteroid impacting Earth, the dinosaurs could well have developed a civilisation far more advanced than we are now. If they could have, surely in all those 17 billion, there must be at least one Earth-like planet that managed to escape being hit by an asteroid with a dinosaur-equivalent civilisation… and they must surely have space-faring capabilities… so why haven’t we been contacted by now?
Let’s face it, there are other factors at play here, which has meant we haven’t been contacted. We need to identify it/them or accept we are truly alone in this universe.