George Griffith’s The Angel of the Revolution (1893) tells the story of a group of revolutionaries who conquer the world using airship technology. They create a ‘Brotherhood of freedom’ establishing a ‘pax aeronuatica’ over the earth.
How did this novel influence H G Wells?
This melodramatic fantasy of air warfare and the socialist message influenced H G Wells and foreshadowed the air battles of World War I. In novels like The War in the Air (1908), H G Wells emphasised the importance of the aircraft, especially in war. In a postcard, dated 1 May 1918, shortly before the end of World War I, he stated that ‘the most important invention since 1850 is the aeroplane’.