Frankenstein's Body Politic

Yield Mary Shelley a kind eye.  The first science-fiction novelist had no precedent in avoiding engineering errors.  Such was never the point.  Shelley's motive was to probe the persona rather than postulate the possibilities. If Shelley's tale contains any glaring technical gaffe, it must be that young Victor Frankenstein possessed knowledge of sinew and collagen that even modern scientists lack.  His cadaverous creation might be infused with vigors and nostrums to imbue metabolism, but that would not be enough.  In reality, the pathetic being would have torn itself apart attempting to get off the table, leaving nothing on the slab but squirming rotted parts. Strangely, the bicentennial of the novel Frankenstein is witnessing a practical demonstration of Shelley's tale of promethean horror.  A mishmash assemblage, long on borrowed time, is ripping itself to shreds at the seams.  We will...(Read Full Article)

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