200 years ago…

This 21 year old’s book was first published…

And the rest is history.  Anybody have a guess???

Does the name Shelly ring a bell?

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is published. The book, by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is frequently called the world’s first science fiction novel.

Full article, HERE.

Photo: Peter Harrington

And then there was this signed copy found… HERE.

So for all those who say women aren’t being recognized in science fiction, I would say you need to read history!!!

I, for one, am thankful that she wrote it, and not only for the fact that it’s a good story! Without her starting the genre, would we have ever had the likes of Heinlein, Clark, Asimov, Doc Smith, and others?

Who knows…


200 years ago… — 17 Comments

  1. And if one actually READS it, there will be discovery that the Big Scene of the movies… *isn’t there* as such. It’s just, “Oh, this happened” and THEN the story really starts.

  2. 8:00 a.m. here in Texas (yeah,time change) and I just checked and The Grey Man, Twilight was up on Amazon. I’ll be reading it today and waiting for another Rimworld.


  3. Yea!!

    Money handed over.

    As soon as the vacuuming is done, I am on the couch with a good book. 🙂

  4. mt, thanks for the notice. Just found Twilight on Amazon and purchased. That’s the roll of dimes, and there’s enough pennies rolled for Rimworld.

    I have one bit of work for the flower beds today, then I can start enjoying.

    • Got the yard work done, and forced a stop about halfway, after the Marine Corps Ball chapter. Amazing just how many people look at the Grey Man and decide “don’t mess with him.” Great story lines so far. This will be interesting how Aaron’s and Matt’s relation change from punk kids, to partners, and to heirs. Some really good generation changes and shifts here. I’m keeping notes for my review.

      Trying not to get “brain freeze” equivalent by reading it too fast.

  5. There is a scene in ‘Beowulf’s Children’ about a formal debate as to the nature of the book. A crypto-feminist tract, I believe.

  6. Yeah, not many people who have watched the movie understand who the real monsters are. Even the best adaptations really don’t quite stand up to the book. It really deserves a nice mini-series done correctly.

    Problem with Shelley today is that the ‘powers-that-be’ would diss her heavily for not being feminist and inclusive enough and doesn’t fit the current ‘moral codes’ (whatever the hell those are.) No Hugo Award for her. She’d get a Dragon, easily, but no flying starship for her mantle.

  7. Yeah, and I was surprised that is was nothing like the movie. I actually liked the movie better. Not always the case, but so this time.

  8. All- Thanks, and looks like Amazon put them up early! They told me 48-72 hours… sigh… Thanks for the orders!!! And yes, the big scene never happened! Heath- Excellent point!

    Posted from my iPhone.

  9. She was the start of something big!
    Dammit, missed the grand opening of Twilight, but YeeHaw! I’m on my way over to get it now.

  10. One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race. As I spoke, a dark gloom spread over my listener’s countenance. At first I perceived that he tried to suppress his emotion; he placed his hands before his eyes, and my voice quivered and failed me as I beheld tears trickle fast from between his fingers; a groan burst from his heaving breast. I paused; at length he spoke, in broken accents: “Unhappy man! Do you share my madness? Have you drunk also of the intoxicating draught? Hear me; let me reveal my tale, and you will dash the cup from your lips!”

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