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ERIC Number: EJ896955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
"Frankenstein" as Science Fiction and Fact
van der Laan, J. M.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v30 n4 p298-304 Aug 2010
Often called the first of its kind, "Frankenstein" paved the way for science fiction writing. Its depiction of a then impossible scientific feat has in our time become possible and is essentially recognizable in what we now refer to as bioengineering, biomedicine, or biotechnology. The fiction of "Frankenstein" has as it were given way to scientific fact. Of more importance, however, is the challenge Mary Shelley's novel presents to the ostensibly high-minded and well-intentioned hopes and promises of the scientist/technologist. Finally, the fictional character, Victor Frankenstein, has come to serve as the poster child and whipping boy for all scientific and technological irresponsibility, so much so that thanks to him we are able to free ourselves and our scientists from any real responsibility, since none of us ever would or could be as monstrous as Frankenstein. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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