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‘The Land Ironclads’ by HG Wells

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An odd one, this. I was initially put off by the introduction which quotes Wells to the effect that he was a genius for inventing tanks and could have won the First World War single-handedly, if only he had been given a chance. This made me fear for story that wedded a remarkably casual attitude to warfare to a dryly technical account of the imaginary invention. You get quite a bit of both – the final section is simply a detailed description of the land ironclad – but it is also strangely told fable that at times seems starkly Victorian and at times resembles the New Wave SF of the Sixties. Weird.

Quality: ***
Hardness: ****

Written by Martin

10 June 2010 at 14:24

Posted in sf, short stories

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