Timeline of science fiction

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This is a timeline of major events related to the evolution and development of science fiction as a literary tradition.

The Chessmen of Mars
The Chessmen of Mars
dust-jacket of The Chessmen of Mars
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs
Country United States
Language English
Series Barsoom
Genre Science fantasy novel
Publisher A. C. McClurg
Publication date
1922
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 375 pp
ISBN NA
Preceded by Thuvia, Maid of Mars
Followed by The Master Mind of Mars

1500s[edit]

Year Event Literary History Historical Events
1516

1600s[edit]

New Atlantis
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Title page of the 1628 edition of Bacon's New Atlantis
Author Francis Bacon
Country United Kingdom
Language Latin/English
Genre Utopian novel
Publisher H3Ewald
Publication date
1624/1626
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 46 pp
ISBN NA
Kircher's magnetic clock.
Year Event Literary History Historical Events
1619
1623
1627
1634
1638
1656
1666
1686

1700s[edit]

Year Event Literary history Historical events
1741
1752
1765
1771
1780
  • The Passage from the North to the South Pole is published anonymously in France.[4]

1800s[edit]

The Island of Doctor Moreau
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First edition cover
Author H. G. Wells
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Heinemann, Stone & Kimball
Publication date
1896
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 209 p.
ISBN NA
Preceded by The Wonderful Visit
Followed by The Wheels of Chance
The Steam Man of the Prairies
The steam man of the prairies (1868).jpg
Beadle's American Novel No. 45, August 1868, featuring "The Steam Man of the Prairies"
Author Edward S. Ellis
Series Frank Reade
Genre Science fiction
Published 1868
Year Event Literary history Historical events
1805
  • Napoleon becomes First Consul of France in 1800 and then Emperor of France in 1804.[5]
1818
  • Jane Austen dies in 1817.[5]
  • Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo in 1815. United States buys Florida from Spain in 1819.[5]
1826
1827
1835
1839
1848
1851
1859
1863
1864
1865
1868
1870
1871
1872
1886
1887
1888
1889
1890
1893
1895
1896
1897
1898

1900s[edit]

Year Event Literary history Historical events
1900
1901
1903
1905
1907
1909

1910s[edit]

Ralph 124C 41+
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Serialized in Modern Electrics
Author Hugo Gernsback
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publication date
1911
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
ISBN na
Preceded by none
Followed by none
Year Event Literary history Historical events
1910
1911
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919

1920s[edit]

The Master Mind of Mars
Amazing Stories Annual 1927.jpg
Cover of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories, featuring Master Mind of Mars
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs
Cover artist Frank R. Paul
Country United States
Language English
Subject Barsoom
Genre Science fiction
Preceded by The Chessmen of Mars
Followed by A Fighting Man of Mars
Year Event Literary history Historical events
1920
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929

1930s[edit]

Year Event Literary history Historical events
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
  • Germany strips is Jewish citizens of their citizenship.[18]
  • The Dust Bowl strikes the middle of North America.[18]
1936
1937
1938
1939

1940s[edit]

Year Event Literary history Historical events
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
  • ENIAC, the world's first electronic computer, is built.[22]
1947
1948
1949

1950s[edit]

Year Event Literary history Historical events
1950
1951
  • The Festival of Britain exhibition celebrates innovative British architecture, scientific discoveries, technology, and industrial design.[23]
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959

1960s[edit]

Year Event Literary history Historical events
1960
  • The first weather satellite is launched.[26]
  • The Concorde begins to take shape on the drawing boards.[26]
1961
1962
  • Telstar broadcasts the first live transatlantic pictures.[26]
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969

1970s[edit]

Year Event Literary history Historical events
1970
1971
  • Great Britain adopts the decimal system.[29]
  • The Soyuz spacecraft docks with the Salyut space station for the first time. The cosmonauts do not survive re-entry.[29]
1972
1973
  • The Vietnam War ends.[29]
  • Skylab's first crew arrives at the station.[29]
  • Political tensions in the Middle East cause oil prices to skyrocket 70%.[29]
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979

1980s[edit]

Year Event Literary History Historical Events
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

1990s[edit]

Year Event Literary History Historical Events
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

2000s[edit]

Year Event Literary History Historical Events
2000
2001
2002

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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