Fantasy parenting Frankenstein Mad science


By Madeleine E. Robins
Apr 5, 2019 · 3,269 words · 12 minutes

Photo by Barrett Ward via Unsplash.

From the author: Mary Shelley--a young mother dragged all over Europe in the wake of her poet husband--created a monster: Victor Frankenstein, who creates life and abandons it. But what if he'd stayed? How do you raise a very unusual child? It turns out: one day at a time.

The night is stormy.Each time the sky lightens, the air in the lab is filled with static. The Doctor did not intend to work so late, with the sky acting out a melodrama over the parking lot. But everything has come together at this time, and he and his assistant stand together in the lab, staring at the thing on the table. Finally the Doctor signals and the assistant throws a switch; a charge passes through coils of wire, elaborate structures, at last through the thing on the table. It...

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