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Frankissstein
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Frankissstein
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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. Ron Lord is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. In Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of dead bodies of men and women waiting to return to life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet?
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. Ron Lord is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. In Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of dead bodies of men and women waiting to return to life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet?
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    Starred review from August 12, 2019
    Winterson (The Gap of Time) reimagines literary classic Frankenstein—both the story and the genesis of it—in her magnificent latest. The book shuttles back and forth between 1816, when a challenge leads Mary Shelley to write her indelible character and the monster he creates, and the present day, when a transgender man named Ry Shelley delves deeper into the burgeoning world and industry surrounding robotics and AI. A medical doctor, Ry supplies body parts to the professor Victor Stein, a brilliant if elusive man whose vision of the future is one in which human intelligence can transcend the limitations of needing a physical body. Victor’s interest in Ry is multifold: there is what Ry can procure for him through hospitals, and there is attraction—both romantic and platonic interest in the physical manifestation of Ry’s gender identity, which Victor calls “future-early” and Ry calls “doubleness.” Winterson’s recreation of the story of Mary Shelley’s creative process and later life and work is splendid, but it’s the modern analogue of the famous Lake Geneva party that is truly inspired. There is the hilariously crass sexbot entrepreneur Ron Lord, the evangelical capitalist Claire, and the nosy nuisance of Vanity Fair reporter Polly D, who’s constantly convinced she’s on to something. This vividly imagined and gorgeously constructed novel will have readers laughing out loud—and then pondering their personhood and mortality on the next page. Agent: Caroline Michel; Peters, Fraser & Dunlop.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrators John Sackville and Perdita Weeks expertly deliver the two timeframes of this inventive novel. Winterson imagines what might happen when humans are supplanted by a variety of man-made replacements, the arrival of which is closer than many of us think. Weeks portrays nineteenth-century author Mary Shelley, a woman ahead of her time with her story of the tragically flawed doctor who cobbles together a human and animates him. Sackville conveys the quirky love-struck tones of contemporary characters who encounter today's Frankensteins, ranging from AIs to sex dolls. He clearly projects both wonderment and disdain for what may come with homo sapiens' potential demotion in the intellectual and social hierarchy of Planet Earth. Weeks's voice has a soft pitch and a longing tone, while Sackville offers an array of voices and accents. T.E.C. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
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