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Bad Air: Pollution, Sin, and Science Fiction in William Delisle Hay’s The Doom of the Great City (1880)

- September 30, 2015 in apocalypse, Books, early science fiction, end of the world, Literature, london fog, london smog, pollution, retrofuture, Science & Medicine, science fiction, smog

Set in the then far future of 1942, the Londoners of William Delisle Hay's 19th-century novella were not suffering on account of Luftwaffe bombing raids but instead choking to death in a deadly smog. Brett Beasley looks at what is possibly the first modern tale of urban apocalypse.