Science Fiction or Not?

Mar 19, 03:12 by IROSF
Thoughts on the article? On Frankenstein? Did you watch that video from 1910?

The article can be found here.
Mar 19, 13:01 by David Soyka
Of course, the book is different from the movie, not the least of which is that the Monster, unlike Boris, is quite articulate. While the book is, among other things, a retelling of Milton's Paradise Lost, the reason it is considered the mother of modern science fiction is because it is consistent with the classic defintion of SF -- if you take away the science, you don't have a story. In this case the "science," as Percy Bysshe Shelley's introduction to his wife's novel points out, is that the premise is based on experiements of scientific philosophy in which electricity was used to convulse corpses.
Mar 19, 19:22 by James Gunn
The question about FRANKENSTEIN is not whether it is in the evolutionary line that led to science fiction but, for me, whether it appeals to the science-fictional response to concept or whether it retains too much of the appeal of its gothic roots. Even the novel seems to get more frisson from horror than from idea, and Dr. Frankenstein's failures as a scientist (particularly his recoiling from the horrible appearance of his creation) are greater than his hubris in creating life. So--we can credit Mary Shelley's perception that the Galvanic reflex can restore life to dead tissue and the theoretical and moral implications of animating the dead while still awaiting the far different conceptualization of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. James Gunn
Mar 24, 12:22 by David Soyka
Putting aside the "science" of Frankenstein, it is also a critique of emerging technologies and social structures that prefigures post-Hiroshima SF (though it certainly didn't start there) focusing on the potential destructiveness of modern technologies which Asimov termed for good reason as the Frankenstein Complex. The horror, though consistent with gothic fiction, nonetheless is the horror of creating something which humankind cannot, or does not, control. A core trope of SF, way before Wells.

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