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Frankissstein

by Jeanette Winterson

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson X
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
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    Oct 2019, 352 pages

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Mary Shelley imagines Victor Frankenstein into being, while a doctor falls in love with a transhumanist in Winterson's queer, genre-bending fever dream.

Jeanette Winterson's futurist sci-fi/alternative history hybrid unfolds in two main timelines. In the first, it's 1816 and Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, Byron's doctor Polidori, and Mary's half-sister Claire are vacationing at Lake Geneva. It's raining, they're bored and Byron prods Mary into writing a horror story that will eventually become Frankenstein. In another timeline, we're transported to post-Brexit England, where a transgender doctor named Ry Shelley falls in love with Victor Stein, a transhumanist scientist determined to unfreeze his mentor's cryogenic head and bring him back to life in a new form. While investigating the potential impact of artificial intelligence on human health, Ry also meets Ron Lord, proprietor of a wildly successful line of sex robots, and Claire, a born-again Christian who finds herself aligned with Ron due to a confluence of unforeseen ...

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