a timeline of british science fiction
Amerigo Vespucci publishes New World.
More and Erasmus collaborate on a translation into Latin of Lucian's Dialogues.
Amerigo Vespucci publishes Four Voyages.
Erasmus publishes In Praise of Folly.
Henry VIII ascends the throne.
More publishes a translation of The Life of John Picus Erle of Myrandula.
More enters Parliament and is appointed under-sheriff of London.
Erasmus publishes The Education of a Christian Prince.
More travels to Bruges on a diplomatic mission, meets Peter Giles in Antwerp.
Utopia published in Louvain.
More appointed to the King's Council.
Martin Luther nails 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenberg Castle.
A Defence of the Seven Sacraments by Henry VIII (assisted by More) wins the Papal title 'Defender of the Faith'.
More's Responsio ad Lutherum.
More's A Dialogue Concerning Heresies.
More appointed Lord Chancellor.
Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais.
Thomas More executed.
De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium by Nicholas Copernicus.
I Mondi by Anton Francesco Doni.
Accession of Elizabeth I.
Francis Bacon born in London.
Francis Godwin born in Hannington, Northamptonshire.
Battle of Lepanto begins slow decline of Ottoman Empire.
12-year-old Francis Bacon attends Trinity College, Cambridge.
A Right Excellent and Pleasaunt Dialogue, betwene Mercury and an English Souldier by Barnaby Rich.
William Bullein incorporates a utopia about 'Taerg Natrib' into his plague book A dialogue bothe pleasaunt and pietifull, wherein is a godlie regiment against the feuer pestilence with a consolation and comforte againste death.
Prognostication Everlasting by Thomas Digges.
A Pleasant dialogue betweene a lady called Listra, and a pilgrim, concerning the governmentand common weale of the great province of Crangalor by Thomas Nicholas.
Siquila, Too Good to Be True by Thomas Lupton.
'On Cannibals' by Michel de Montaigne.
The Second Part and Knitting Up of the Book Entitled, Too Good to Be True by Thomas Lupton.
Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney.
News of the disappearance of the colony at Roanoke, Virginia, reaches England.
Probable first performance of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.
Defeat of the Spanish Armada.
The principall Navigations, Voiages and Discoveries of the English nation by Richard Hakluyt.
The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spencer.
John Lyly’s play Endymion, the Man in the Moone is performed.
Michael Drayton’s poem ‘Endimion and Phoebe’ (later revised as ‘The Man in the Moone’, 1606).