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We Already Have the Wheel. Frankenstein 1 – Strange Conception

We know the myth of how Mary Shelley came to write the novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.  The myth is fairly factual but the underlying biases give a completely false understanding of who Mary Shelley was, why she wrote the first science fiction novel (at least in English), and what was happening in the novel. 102 more words

200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein - Part 2

200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Notes on July and August 1816 in Cologny, on the shores of Lake Geneva.

2. Celebration and secrets. 147 more words

Mary Shelley

Mary Mary - a mother and daughter who changed feminism and English literature

Two hundred years ago, on a dark and stormy night during the “Year Without Summer,” a young Mary Shelley, challenged by Byron, sets out to write the ultimate horror… … 419 more words

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein! A whole flood of things come to mind. It’s a title that transcends time and has become an entity in itself. It is synonymous with fear, fright and a towering, monsterous being that resembles nothing else. 538 more words

Stealing Other People's Homework: The Science That Fed Frankenstein

Nature takes a look at the often forgotten complexities of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the contemporary science that influenced it.

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Ficlet: 'Carry it On'

For a different subject from the last posts we had to write 300 word pieces based on different prompts. Another we wrote was a ‘Carry it On’ story based on one of two scenes from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. 482 more words


The end of the world

Mary Shelley’s The Last Man is, I suggested in my last piece, possibly the first disaster novel. I found myself wondering why it should appear at that particular moment, why she should come to consider the prospect of something more powerful than humankind bringing our species to its end. 541 more words

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