Having recently finished reading Bearing an Hour Glass by Piers Anthony, I was struck wondering when concepts were 1st put into print?
The story here follows Chronos in his role at the Incarnation of time. Towards the end of the book he finds himself in a world where time runs backwards. How influential was this on the Red Dwarf episode "Backwards"? It's all there, the backwards speach, the backwards eating & drinking, even the joke about having a poo!
The only stuff not there are the bit's that didn't make sence like the writing being backwards too.
On a less light note, there's another passage where people see their future fate if Satan wins control over Earth & one man sees himself aflicted with AIDS. I wonder if there was any mentioned of this in any other novel prior to this 1984 release?
He also did Pornucopia which was cobbled from when he wrote porn stories for Mags, he took a bit of porn he had lying and tagged it on to one he wrote to merge it into a kind of fantasy you can definitly see the join.
Seamus Cullen did it a lot better with one called Astra and Flondrix now that was very funny a seriouly good book.