Monthly Archives: March 2019

1833 – Mary Shelley’s The Mortal Immortal



In this episode, you can hear Mary Shelley’s short story, “The Mortal Immortal,” presented in its entirety.

This story was originally published in the 1833 issue of The Keepsake, a literary annual to which Mary Shelley contributed many stories and poems over the years. “The Mortal Immortal” is arguably her most famous short story.

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1832 – The Invention of Science (and Science Fiction)



Why do we call Mary Shelley the inventor of science fiction? And why does it matter? We’ll explore those questions and also talk about what they have to do with The Royal Society of London, The British Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Anatomy Act of 1832.

Sources:
James Gunn (ed.), The Road to Science Fiction: https://www.amazon.com/Road-Science-Fiction-Gilgamesh-Scarecrow/dp/0810844141
Francis Bacon, Novum Organumhttps://www.gutenberg.org/files/45988/45988-h/45988-h.htm
Francis Bacon, The New Atlantishttps://www.gutenberg.org/files/2434/2434-h/2434-h.htm
Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing Worldhttps://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/newcastle/blazing/blazing.html
David Cahan, From Natural Philosophy to the Sciences: Writing the History of Nineteenth-Century Sciencehttps://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/F/bo3644079.html

Music:
“The Boy Got Skills” by Max McFerren
“Dreaming in 432Hz” by Unicorn Heads
“Fiddles McGinty” by Kevin MacLeod
“The Theatrical Poster for Poltergeist III” by Chris Zabriskie

This episode features the voices of Steven Nelson and Mary Shelly.

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