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This week, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelleyâ€™s Frankenstein, we are joined by two authors whose own recent works celebrate that classic work.Â
John Kesselâ€™s Pride and Prometheus will be published in February, combining characters from Shelleyâ€™s classic and Jane Austenâ€™s Pride and Prejudice, while Theodora Gossâ€™s The Strange Case of the Alchemistâ€™s Daughter, featuring a number of classic characters from 19th century fantastic fictionâ€”including Frankensteinâ€™s â€œdaughterâ€–will be joined by its sequel European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman in July; both are part of her series “The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club.â€
We touch upon Shelleyâ€™s work, the problems of writing narratives that exist within the spaces of earlier novels, whether or not Frankenstein was really the first science fiction novel, andâ€”brieflyâ€”on the debt we all own to Ursula K. Le Guin after her passing earlier in the week.
As always, our thanks to our guests, Dora and John. We hope you enjoy the episode. See you next week!