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Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The classic tale of a man who dares to play God and pays the price.

Mini Review
The name Frankenstein conjurs images of demented, hunchbacked assistants, stone garrets and lightning-powered lab equipment. The novel has none of these.

Frankenstein may be the first SF novel. Like the best speculative fiction, it uses the fantastic as a backdrop for examining the human condition. At it's core, the novel isn't about the act of man creating life -- it's about the crime of creating life and failing to nurture it.