War & Peace

War has been a persistent theme of Science Fiction

Wars of the Near Future

Jules Verne‘s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer (1871) by George Tomkyns Chesney.

George Griffith‘s The Angel of the Revolution (1893) and it’s sequel Olga Romanoff (1895)

One of the largest numbers of references in Jeff Prucher‘s Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction is to exotic weaponry.

‘Atomic bomb’ was first coined by H. G. Wells in The World Set Free (1914).

Karel Čapek‘s play RUR (Rossum’s Universal Robots) (1920) and War with the Newts (1936)

Interplanetary War

H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds (1898). These are discussed in more depth in my essay on Alien Invasion.

Robert A. Heinlein‘s Starship Troopers (1960).

Anti-war stories

Harry Harrison‘s Bill the Galactic Hero (1965).

Joe Haldeman The Forever War (1975) and is partly a response to Starship Troopers (1960).

Many post-apocalyptic stories are implicitly anti-war in that they portray with the consequences. These are discussed in more depth under my page Apocalypse & After.


Pacifism is a recurrent theme of Feminist sf and is explored in the work of Joanna Russ and Suzett Haden Elgin.


Halo: Combat Evolved (2001), Halo 2 (2004), and Halo 3 (2007) are first-person shooters. The series has inspired a series of spin-off novels beginning with Halo: The Fall of Reach (2001) by Eric Nylund.


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