“The Land Ironclads,” H.G. Wells, 1903 – A war correspondent is there when the first “land ironclads” of a technologically-superior force defeat old-fashioned “country” warriors.
Comments: Seen through eyes of reporter. Anticipates the invention of tanks. Themes include inevitability and superiority of technological “progress,” along with its price. Clear distinction between two types of soldiers and their bodies (country: robust, healthy; city: slender, slight), one tech-encased, impersonal, another old-fashioned, individualized, valiant, perhaps foolish–and doomed to be “run over” by the terrifying new machine.
Author: Wikipedia: “Herbert George ‘H.G.’ Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English author.He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books and rules for war games. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’.”