A Bravura Update of a Gothic Classic: On Addie Tsai’s “Unwieldy Creatures”

"Unwieldy Creatures"

I’d have called this review “The Post-Modern Prometheus,” but The X-Files got there first.

There’s a strong case that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein — not to be confused with the Kenneth Branagh-directed film Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein — is the most influential work of fiction published since 1800. There are huge swaths of science fiction narratives in which humanity creates a new form of life only to see it rebel; it’s not hard to place Frankenstein at the heart of that.

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