H.G. Wells gave us many of our most beloved science fiction conceits — but did he also foresee how war would develop in the era of airplanes and advanced weaponry? And were his predictions more prescient than some of the Pentagon's attempts to forecast the changing nature of war have been?
That's the conclusion reached by Micah Zenko, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, in an article posted over at the Atlantic Monthly. Zenko runs down many of Wells' predictions for the future of war, including more intricate types of rifles, and bomber planes. Unfortunately, not all of Wells' predictions were on the money — he predicted that citizens would all serve in the military, and that civilian casualties would be low.