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The Mummy! & The Retrofuture

By Marri Lynn (W&M Regular Contributor) Jane C. Webb wrote the The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century when science fiction was still a toddler, very shortly after Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein helped to build the very nursery in which the genre would gain its legs. When compared to most well-known nineteenth-century science fiction,...
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a legendary creature that sprang from a literary legend. But is one as much of a fabrication as another? Astronomers actually traveled to the house that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in to see if her...

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The origin of science fiction stories is well-known to both critics and the public: by consensus, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) was the first SF novel. But the origins of "science fiction" as a concept are neither well-known no...

Transcribe Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein notebooks

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The notebooks in which Mary Shelley wrote the first draft of Frankenstein, complete with her husband Percy Shelley’s notes and edits, have been digitized and uploaded to The Shelley-Godwin Archive. This is the first step in a very e...

Real-Life Scientists Who Meddled With Life and Death [Secret History]

Genres / Sci Fi : io9

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a cautionary tale about the abuses of science — in particular, the potential pitfalls of screwing around with corpses and lightning. But people haven't always listened. Even before Shelley wrote her cl...

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein helped to launch the entire genre of science fiction, and shaped our dialogue about the ethics of science and artificial life. But it's also created a pop culture explosion that's lasted over a century, a...

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