This chronology outlines British science fiction from 1478-1990, highlighting the important biographical and pubishing events in the fields of science fiction literature and fandom, as well as in other media. The chronology includes biographical information on more than 700 authors, listings of more than 2000 works, including anthologies, criticism and essays, publishing and fandom milestones, first publications, and awards. The works are fully cross-referenced and indexed, with introductory definitions of the field and descriptive headnotes for five periods: the descent of scientific romance, 1478-1894; the Wellsian synthesis, 1895-1936; British science fiction, 1937-1961; new wave s(peculative) f(iction), 1962-1978; and the British fantastic, 1979-1990. This book complements Ruddick's critical work, Ultimate island". Together the two works aim to define the scope and nature of British science fiction."