A TIMELINE OF BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION
De Magnete Magneticisque Corporibus, et de Magno Magnete Tellure by William Gilbert.
Giordano Bruno burned at the stake for heresy.
East India Company established.
Accession of James I (James VI of Scotland) unites the thrones of England, Wales and Scotland.
Mundus alter et idem by Bishop Joseph Hall.
Bacon publishes The Advancement of Learning.
Gunpowder Plot alerts Britain to continued Catholic threat.
John Milton born in London.
The Man in the Moone, telling Strange Fortunes by anon.
First known drawing of the moon seen through a telescope, by Thomas Harriot.
British colonists shipwrecked on the Bermudas.
Galileo publishes Sidereus Nuncius, including the most detailed representation to date of the surface of the Moon.
First performance of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Purchas His Pilgrimage by Samuel Purchas.
John Wilkins born in Fawsley, Northamptonshire.
Vatican puts De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium on the index of banned books.
Francis Bacon appointed Lord Chancellor.
Ben Jonson's masque, Newes from the New World Discover'd in the Moone, is performed for the court of James I.
Cornelius Drebbel demonstrates an underwater boat in the Thames.
Francis Bacon is created Viscount St Albans, and two weeks later is charged with accepting bribes. He never again holds public office.
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton.
'Mayflower' lands at Plimoth, Massachussetts.
Civitas Solis by Thomas Campanella.
Francis Bacon dies.
New Atlantis by Francis Bacon published as an appendage to Sylva Sylvarum.
De motu cordis by William Harvey describes the circulation of the blood.
Nuncius Inanimatus by Francis Godwin.
Francis Godwin, Bishop of Hereford, dies.
Lucian’s True History received its first translation into English, by Francis Hicks.
Somnium by Johannes Kepler, published posthumously.
Discourse on Method by Rene Descartes.
The Man in the Moone by Francis Godwin.
The Discovery of a World in the Moone by John Wilkins.
The Antipodes by Richard Brome.
The Bishops Wars.
A Discoverie of Infinite Treasure by Gabriel Plattes.
Samuel Hartlib publishes a new edition of More's Utopia.
Charles I summons the Long Parliament.
A Description of the Famous Kingdom of Macaria by Gabriel Plattes.
The Wars of the Three Kingdoms begin with the Battle of Edghill.
Closure of theatres in England.
Evangelista Torricelli measures the pressure of the atmosphere.
Aulicus his Dream, of the King’s Sudden Comming to London by Francis Cheynell.
Cromwell reorganises Parliamentary forces as the New Model Army.
Royalists defeated at Naseby.
The New Planet No Planet by Alexander Ross.
Charles I surrenders.
The Putney debates.
Nova Solyma by Samuel Gott.
Mathematicall Magick. or, The Wonders That May be Performed by Mechanicall Geometry by John Wilkins.
Royalist uprising ends at Preston.
Pride's Purge reduces the Long Parliament to the Rump.
Charles I executed.
First public workhouse opens in London.
Gerard Winstanley sets up a community of 'Diggers' in Surrey.
John Wilkins appointed warden of Wadham College, Oxford and forms the Oxford Experimental Philosophy Club.
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes.
'An Humble Request' by Gerard Winstanley.
A New and More Exact Mappe by Mary Cary.
Clavis Apocalyptica by Samuel Hartlib predicts the world will end in 1655.
The Law of Freedom in a Platform by Gerrard Winstanley.
'The Inventory of Judgement's Commonwealth' by Margaret Cavendish.
The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington.
Histoire comique des Estats et Empires de la Lune by Cyrano de Bergerac.
John Wilkins becomes Cromwell's brother-in-law.
'Letters from Utopia' by Marchemont Nedham.
The Prerogative of Popular Government by James Harrington.
Brief Directions Showing How a Fit or Perfect Model of Popular Government May be Made, Found, or Understood by James Harrington.
Death of Oliver Cromwell.
The Christian Commonwealth by John Eliot.
A Holy Commonwealth by Richard Baxter.
The Art of Lawmaking in Three Books by James Harrington.
Government Described, or the Free-State of Ragouse by John Streater.
A coup overthrows Richard Cromwell; General Monck marches on London to restore the Long Parliament.
Charles II is restored to the throne.
Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth by John Milton.
Olbia by John Sadler predicts the Second Coming in 1666.
Nucleus of Royal Society formed.
New Atlantis. Begun by the Lord Verulam, Viscount St Albans: And Continued by R.H. Esquire
The Royal Society receives its Charter.
The Great Plague.
The Great Fire of London.
The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish.
Paradise Lost by John Milton.
Jonathan Swift born in Dublin.
The Isle of Pines by Henry Neville.
John Wilkins dies.
Death of John Milton.
Gerania by Joshua Barnes.
‘Pindaric Poem on Three Skips of a Louse’ by Samuel Wesley.
Charles II dies. James II succeeds to the throne.
Emperor of the Moon by Aphra Behn.
Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton.
James II ousted in the Glorious Revolution.
The World in the Moon by Elkanah Settle.
Robert Paltock born in London.