The Adventures of Mr Harley and Mr Davidson
is a science fiction novel by the English novelist Jane Austen
. Published in 1805, it was Austen's first published novel. Set in the near future, the book has been cited as the first English "road novel"
as well as an early example of the popular "zombie" genre. Austen has been credited with considerable foresight in anticipating the invention of the bicycle, although her "wheeled ponies" are not contraptions that we would recognise on our roads today. However, she is recognised as having had a considerable influence on other authors such as Robert M Pirsig
and Richard Ballantine