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Frankenstein can be seen as an experiment—or almost a laboratory—that brings together science and literature”

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“Shelley had no truck with modesty and restraint, or doing what was expected of her. She let her imagination go as far as it could.”

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“Does it speak directly to transhumanism? I think so.”

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“What a lot of commentators have said, and I believe it’s on the right track, is that Frankenstein’s own fear of death is fueling his revulsion to the creature.”

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“We never give credit to the fact that women have started whole genres of fiction.”

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“Brian Aldiss has famously argued that science fiction starts with Mary Shelley’s novel, and many people have agreed with him.”

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“At the beginning of the novel, Doctor Frankenstein creates a monster who lives like a human being and has the heart of a human being too. But the monster is unloved and unlovable and he becomes what we would call nowadays a sociopath.”

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