'Presently the English Channel was bridged', 1908.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Illustrated plate from the novel 'The War in the Air', by H G Wells, published in 1908, which foresaw the importance of air forces in combat. This futuristic view shows a vehicle travelling on a monorail cable suspended between 'iron Eiffel Tower pillars', with ships sailing on the sea below and an airship flying in the sky above. English novelist and historian Herbert George Wells' (1866-1946) publications included 'The Time Machine' (1895) and 'The War of the Worlds' (1898). The Channel Tunnel was opened in 1994, 86 years after Wells' prediction of a transport link between Britain and France.