A timeline for the world of Charles Dickens’ Martian Notes
Charles Dickens’ life and work
Shamers claim to pre-date ‘Old Martians’.
5 million BC
Tau-martians claim to have visited Earth.
Old Martians claim to have engineered Tau, Mau and Pau Martians around this time.
Canals built by Pau-Martian labour under Tau overseers.
Mau-Martians learn ‘the deep desert’ secret – which enables them to earn status aside from Old Martian society.
1 million BC
Monorail(s) built, Dust rivers appear for first time.
Visit to Mars,
1843 – 1844
Serialisation of Martin Chuzzlewit – first ‘fantastical’ book with section set on mythical American continent – a thinly disguised Mars ‘on Earth’.
At this time American Archipelago is sparcely inhabited. Dickens imagines an entire continent, about the size of Asia located in roughly the same position as the archipelago.
1861 - 1865
Martian Civil War – North vs South, Old and Tau Martians vs Human and Pau, Mau- neutral.
Return visit to Mars feted in First-Human-Hive.
Collapse, life saved by Martian flatworm blood transfusion.
1873 - 74
The Life and Apotheosis of Jefferson Brick Esq. Deals with main character’s change of heart, and mode of life after a near fatal collapse, ends with reformed Jefferson facing the start of the Civil War. Reworking minor character from Martin Chuzzlewit.
(Considered beginning of 5 linked America novels).
Novel entirely set in the ‘ficticious’
Disasterous collapse of dark-matter ether, end of era of anti-gravity space travel.
Mau-martian fleet leaves Mars in advance of collapse. Presumed 2nd Civil War between Old Martians and tau-martians on one side and human colonists and Pau-Martians on the other. Outcome unknown to Earth.
War of the Worlds
Old Martian attack on Earth defeated.
Publication of Charles Dicken’s London Under The Martians, together with H. G. Well’s account the main literary response to the events of 1895.
Knighted by Queen-Empress Victoria. Sat on the Britannic Committee To Investigate The Proposal That An Expeditionary Force Be Sent To Mars.
Publication of 1913 edition of Martian Notes
Lights seen upon Mars, rocket launch towards Earth suspected.
Death of Sir Charles Dickens – age 101.
Start of Worlds War II?