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The Science That Fed Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Mary Shelley, painted around 1840 by Richard Rothwell and housed in the National Portrait Gallery.

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In 1816, a teenager began to compose what many view as the first true work of science fiction—and unleashed one of the most subversive attacks on modern science ever written.

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