The 17-Year-Old Who Invented Science Fiction

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In this episode, the story of how a 17-year-old named Mary Godwin came to write Frankenstein and in doing so write the first great work of science fiction.


This episode is sponsored by:

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown


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This episode of Annotated was written by me, Jeff O’Neal, and directed by Jeremy Desmon

Sound editing and design by Kyle O’Neal. Our thanks to Mahvesh Murad for being our Mary Shelley, Bob Schinsky for being our Lord Byron, Amanda Nelson for being our Jane Clairmont and Kyle O’Neal for taking on the role of Percy Shelley.

Further reading recommendations:

Mary Shelley by Miranda Seymour

The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo

Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon

Mary Shelley by Muriel Spark

Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality by Emily W. Sunstein


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