Elite was a ground-breaking space trading computer game, created by David Braben and Ian Bell. It was first published in 1984 to almost universal praise. It has since become a classic and defining moment in videogame history and is seen as being a huge influence. Some versions of the game came with an enticing novella called The Dark Wheel, written by Robert Holdstock.
Two sequels followed in 1993 and 1995 - Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters which allowed players to land on planets and offered again (for the time) ground-breaking graphics and a vast play area.
Forward to the 21st Century and Elite has been reborn from a Kickstarter project, with David Braben once again at the helm and a vast, glorious Universe at the players fingertips. There are a number of official novelisations that feature original stories set within the Elite: Dangerous Universe.
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
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