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A Year Without a Winter brings together science fiction, history, visual art, and exploration. Inspired by the literary dare that would give birth to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein amidst the aftermath of a massive volcanic eruption, and today, by the utopian architecture of Paolo Soleri and the Arizona desert, as well as expeditions to Antarctica and Indonesia, this collection reframes the relationship among climate, crisis, and creation.
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Edited by Megan Halpern, Joey Eschrich, and Jathan Sadowski
Two hundred years after its publication, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus continues to speak to modern concerns about science, technology, and society. The story of Victor Frankenstein and his creature has become a cultural touchstone through myriad theatrical renditions, movies, and other adaptations and allusions. But Shelley’s original tale is richer and more relevant to contemporary issues than the common interpretation of Frankenstein as a warning against scientific hubris.
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This edition of Frankenstein pairs the original 1818 version of the manuscript—meticulously line-edited and amended by Charles E. Robinson, one of the world’s preeminent authorities on the text—with annotations and essays by leading scholars exploring the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by this remarkable story. The result is a unique and accessible edition of one of the most thought-provoking and influential novels ever written.
- The Enduring Influence of a Dangerous Narrative: How Scientists Can Mitigate the Frankenstein Myth March 10, 2018 -
Peter Nagy, Ruth Wylie, Joey Eschrich and Ed Finn
- Why Frankenstein is a Stigma Among Scientists February 24, 2017 - Peter Nagy, Ruth Wylie, Joey Eschrich, Ed Finn Science and Engineering Ethics Download article
- Stitching Together Creativity and Responsibility: Interpreting Frankenstein Across Disciplines May 8, 2016 - By Megan K. Halpern, Jathan Sadowski, Joey Eschrich, Ed Finn, and David H. Guston Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Futurography combines the storytelling techniques of journalism and the instructive capacity of an online course in an effort to inform readers about the technologies that will define tomorrow. Presented by Future Tense, a partnership of ASU, Slate magazine, and New America, Futurography is a series of month-long editorial packages featuring articles by experts along with supplementary materials like quizzes, surveys, interactive elements, videos, and even the occasional science fiction story.
The January 2017 installment of Futurography, “The Spawn of Frankenstein,” explored the cultural and scientific legacy of Frankenstein. The package features articles on modern-day biohacking; the need for open, transparent science; echoes of Victor and the creature in recent film and popular culture, from Ex Machina to Westworld; what artificial intelligence researchers can learn from Victor’s mistakes; ethical debates around animal vivisection in the 19th century; connections between Frankenstein and the anti-vaccine movement; and the evolving linguistic dynamics of the prefix Franken-, which has taken on a life of its own.
“Frankenstein at 200″ examines the conditions of Mary Shelley’s world that led her to pen the original tale, along with similar scientific, technological, and social quandaries of our modern era. Is a social media hashtag a living organism? Should a painting made by a robot be considered a work of art? And what new monsters might we imagine in response to emerging technologies and new scientific discoveries?
“Frankenstein at 200” included contributions from collaborators across multiple disciplines at ASU and pieces created by members of the local community. ASU contributors represent ASU Libraries; Barrett, The Honors College; the Center for Science and the Imagination; the Department of English; Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts; the School of Earth and Space Exploration; and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
- It’s Aliiiiiive! Celebrating The 200th Anniversary Of ‘Frankenstein’ February 9, 2018 - Steve Goldstein, Sarah Ventre
- Frankenstein game teaches kids about science January 28, 2018 - Erin Blakemore
- Sci Fri Book Club: ‘Frankenstein’ January 5, 2018 - Science Friday
- ‘Frankenstein’ Has Become a True Monster December 29, 2017 - Ed Finn and David H. Guston The Wall Street Journal
- Out of Control December 21, 2017 - Richard Holmes
The New York Review of Books
- It’s Alive! Frankenstein’s Influence 200 Years Later September 9, 2016 - By Sarah Ventre, KJZZ 91.5 FM
- Researchers receive NSF grant to lead Frankenstein Bicentennial Workshop March 25, 2014 - This item was originally published by ASU News. Three Arizona State University researchers have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a workshop to build a global, multi-institutional network of collaborators to celebrate the bicentennial of the