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Read online Frankenstein - Phoenix Science Fiction Classics (with notes and critical essays).pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Frankenstein - Phoenix Science Fiction Classics (with notes and critical essays) The Phoenix Science Fiction Classics series has been designed for the convenience of students Special margins provide liberal space for students to take notes These distinctive trade paperbacks have also been priced to make them one of the most affordable critical series in the market today making them easily accessible to students of all economic means Each book includes notes critical essays chronologies bibliographies and more The timeless cautionary tale of man s overreach with tragic consequences for all Victor Frankenstein obsessed with scientific studies creates and brings to life a creature made from scavenged body parts However unable to deal with the hideous monster he has created Frankenstein flees setting in motion a series of events that ultimately destroys everything he holds dear This edition includes critical essays by acclaimed author and senior lecturer Arizona State University Paul Cook and by Alexei and Cory Panshin adapted from their Hugo winning work on science fiction The World Beyond the Hill by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Paul Cook, Alexei Panshin, Cory Panshin

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Frankenstein - Phoenix Science Fiction Classics (with notes and critical essays)
Title:Frankenstein - Phoenix Science Fiction Classics (with notes and critical essays)
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Number of Pages:176
Category:Fiction, Horror, Science fiction, Classics, Gothic, Fantasy
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Frankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text, Frankenstein / Dracula / Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (Signet Classics), Valperga: Or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca, Frankenstein: The 1818 Text, The Mortal Immortal, The Last Man, Classics of Horror: Dracula & Frankenstein, Mathilda, Transformation, The Mortal Immortal: The Complete Supernatural Short Fiction of Mary Shelley
JULY This is a memorable anniversary for me on it I complete my three hundred and twenty third year br br The Wandering Jew certainly not More than eighteen centuries have passed over his head In comparison with him I am a very young Immortal br Am I then immortal This is a question which I have asked myself by day and night for now three hundred and three years and yet cannot answer it br br I detected a gray hair amidst my brown locks this very day that surely signifies decay Yet it may have remained concealed there for three hundred years for some persons have become entirely white headed before twenty years of age br br I will tell my story and my reader shall judge for me I will tell my story and so contrive to pass some few hours of a long eternity become so wearisome to me For ever Can it be to live for ever, A scientist oversteps the bounds of conscience and brings to life a tortured creation A young adventurer succumbs to the night world of a diabolic count A man of medicine explores his darker side only to fall prey to it They are legendary tales that have held readers spellbound for more than a century The titles alone i Frankenstein Dracula i and i Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde i have become part of a universal language that serves to put a monster s face on the good and evil duality of our very human nature And the authors Mary Shelley Bram Stoker and Robert Louis Stevenson equally mythic are still possessed of as inventive and subversive power that can shake a reader to this day with something far more profound than fear They gave root to the modern horror novel and like the creatures they invented they ve achieved immortality, Valperga the novel Mary Shelley wrote after Frankenstein is based on the life of Castruccio Castracani Prince of Lucca A brilliant soldier and cruel tyrant he successfully commanded Ghibelline forces in Tuscany against the Guelphs Woven into the story of this factional conflict are the tragic destinies of two heroines fictional creations of the author Ethanasia Countess of Valperga finds herself increasingly torn between loyalty to her Guelph roots and her lifelong affection for Castruccio Beatrice whom the author s father William Godwin described as the jewel of the book is a heretical Paterin with whom Castruccio falls in love only to abandon This meticulously researched historical novel combines a narrative of suspense with a remarkable reconstruction of manners in the Middle Ages Set in the period of Dante s lifetime it is also suffused with a poetic spirit which evokes the beauties of Italy s physical environment and points to the melancholy inevitability of change This edition provides a clear account of the circumstances in which Valperga was composed and published, This vibrant collection contains all five of Mary Shelley s supernatural stories and sheds much needed light on an author often credited with writing the first science fiction novel Here you will find the secrets of eternal youth souls that exchange bodies and ancient Englishmen and Romans newly thawed out of ice In addition to several stories by Mary Shelley this volume also features a brand new story by renowned science fiction author Michael Bishop which serves as a narrative introduction for this collection br br Mary Shelley s considerable reputation rests squarely on the shoulders of her one great novel i Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus i published anonymously in and revised under her own byline in Her powerful tale of blasphemous creation is perhaps more familiar to modern readers through its many film adaptations as it is from the book itself br br From Boris Karloff s electrifying performance as Frankenstein to Kenneth Branaugh s latest directorial rendering the story has received numerous interpretations which have renewed interest in the book time and time again However Shelley s other works have not fared as well as i Frankenstein i She wrote just a handful of novels of which only i The Last Man i has remained sporadically in print A precursor to such disaster novels as George R Stewart s i Earth Abides i and Richard Jeffries i After London i i The Last Man i follows its protagonist Lionel Verney through a distant future world which has been depopulated by plague br br The shorter works of Mary Shelley have remained difficult to find During her lifetime she published just over two dozen stories only three of which were of interest to readers of science fiction and fantasy In addition to these three supernaturally themed stories two additional stories were published after Shelley s death Roger Dodsworth The Reanimated Englishman was printed in a volume of reminisces by a magazine editor who had commissioned the story thirty years earlier Valerius The Reanimated Roman a story in a similar vein to Roger Dodsworth remained unpublished until when both stories were discovered by Charles E Robinson a Shelley scholar and professor of English at the University of Delaware br br Contents br br The Unexpected Visit of a Reanimated Englishwoman Introduction by Michael Bishop br The Mortal Immortal A Tale br Transformation br Roger Dodsworth The Reanimated Englishman br The Dream br Valerius The Reanimated Roman br br