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Stuart
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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27142836

"...mechanised warfare - machine guns, zeppelins and planes - made WW1 the world's first science-fiction war."

It's hard to disagree that 100 years ago science fiction did indeed become terrible science fact...and then came tanks, aircraft carriers, A-bombs, ballistic missiles, stealth bombers...
 
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Wow, what a relief that WWI was "fiction". If it was real, I bet a lot more people would have died!

Previous technological advances that changed the face of warfare: the stirrup and the longbow.

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2001/20010924/stirrup.shtml

http://www.military-history.org/articles/medieval/the-longbo...
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gamesterinns wrote:




Failed Doctor Who Season 1 villains.

Left: Wah Shington Monumentmen
Right: Metalcotta Warriors of Huang 9
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Actually in a way it was. It was the first war (that I can think off) that was fought with technology that has first appeared in speculative fiction. It was also (again as far as I am ware) the first war in which writers had speculated (using fiction) had tried to predict the use of emergent technology before it's actual military use.
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gamesterinns wrote:
"...mechanised warfare - machine guns, zeppelins and planes - made WW1 the world's first science-fiction war."

They are forgetting war gas and tanks. Orchestrated artillery barrages were an art form onto themselves.

The dehumanisation and "scientification" of the war had a profound effect on artists who fought in it.

Otto Dix: Prager Stra├če (Prague Street)


George Grosz: "Daum" marries her pedantic automation "George" in May 1920, John Heartfield is very glad of it
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Koldfoot wrote:
Considering that Greek fire and Damascus steel are lost technologies...

I think Damascus steel is pretty well understood now http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/jom/9809/verhoeven-9809.htm...

I did an MSc in Archaeological Technology so the subject fascinates me.
There are some pretty good theories on Greek fire.

Edit spelling due to tiny sized phone!
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DavidDearlove wrote:
I think Damascus steel is pretty well understood now http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/jom/9809/verhoeven-9809.htm...


Thumbed for the link.
 
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galad2003 wrote:
It's Obama's fault.



Just trying to make this RSP worthy


Obviously WW I is old news, and I'll let others judge if it's as engaging as the debate on Obamacare, but seeing as this year is the 100th anniversary, I thought the sci-fi perspective was interesting. I'm not sure if even the best fiction writers foresaw the lasting effects it would have on Western society, though.
 
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Koldfoot wrote:
Considering that Greek fire and Damascus steel are lost technologies...


Modern blends and steelmaking techniques can produce steel with far superior properties to Damascus steel. Still, it was an incredible accomplishment for its day.
 
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