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It wasn’t until forty years after his death that Edward Page Mitchell was identified as the author of The Clock That Went Backward, along with a multitude other short stories which unveil the work of a visionary who has been shrouded in obscurity for over a century.
With that story, fantasy gave way to sci-fi. Mitchell would go on to write what are almost certainly the first accounts of a computerized brain and cryogenic freezing (in 1879), personality change via surgery a year later, a time machine and an invisible man (in 1881 — seven and 16 years, respectively, before H.G. Wells did so), a friendly alien (1883) and a mutant child with mental powers (1885)Source
1874: "The Tachypomp", earliest known story utilizing a theory suitable for faster than light travel
1877: "The Man Without a Body,” which featured the first reference to a scientific teleportation
1879: The first fictional computerized brain (a neo-electronic thinking computer functioning in the head of a human)
1880: Personality change via surgery in "The Professor's Experiment"
1881: The first time machine story, "The Clock That Went Backward" (7 years befor H G Wells)
1881: The first ever invisible man, "The Crystal Man" (16 years before H G Wells)
1883: A friendly alien
1885: A mutant child with mental powers
And the list goes on.
From light-speed to cryonics, Edward Page Mitchell seems more a prophet than an author and if it is indeed true that such ideas originated with him, his elevation into the pantheon of science fiction genius is long overdue.
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: Bluntone22
Most scholars recognize Shelly as one of the first modern science fiction writers as we know it.
And I said top 3 first writers. Shelly was first then Verne then Mitchell. Not that She was in the top 3 best writers.