Blow Your Mind: Frankenstein's Monster

BY Robert Lamb / POSTED October 28, 2011

Victor Frankenstein’s tortured and brooding creation has become an avatar for scientific anxiety and horror. How far will we push and what are the existential ramifications?

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I explore the neurological, magical, alchemical and mechanical roots of Frankenstein’s monster. You’ll learn all about golems, homunculi, automatons and the future of science-gone-wrong.

“Frankenstein” is easily one of my favorite novels of all time, so it was a real treat to research, write and podcast about the tale — especially to take such a science-heavy slant on the topic. I also can’t help but have a lot of fictional fun with the monster. A year or so ago, I had a quasi-steampunk short story featured in the UK publication “Polluto” in which the monster survives to chum around with Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, forgive his creator, reclaim his bride and maybe — just maybe — battle a few rampaging European cavemen to the death. You know, good times.

“Frankenstein” is just one of those tales that is awesome when it’s cheesy, awesome when it’s tongue and cheek and awesome when it’s deadly serious.

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