Veering between satire, romantic reverence, and meditation on the nature of intelligence, Frankissstein explores how the ongoing quest for the future often comes at the expense of the present. Recommended By Keith M., Powells.com
Taking place at the time of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein while simultaneously set in the near future, Jeanette Winterson's Frankissstein is a delightfully bizarre philosophical story of what makes us human and how human beings confront the ubiquitous threat of death. Genre-bending and impossible to put or pin down, Frankissstein is a crash course in the intricacies and horrors of artificial intelligence. Recommended By Alex Y., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Since her astonishing debut at twenty-five with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
, Jeanette Winterson has achieved worldwide critical and commercial success as "one of the most daring and inventive writers of our time" (Elle
). Her new novel, Frankissstein
, is an audacious love story that weaves together disparate lives into an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and queer love.
Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead... but waiting to return to life.
What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.