Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Schools : Science fiction Day : Mary Shelley & other resources





Mary Shelley
credits: Getty Images

Today, 2 January, we are celebration the Science Fiction Day. The genre was invented by a teenager girl, Mary Shelley, who began Frankenstein in 1816, when she was 20 years old. Wo! She was in advance for her time.

Some biographic notes:

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Godwin on 30 August 1797 in London, England was an English writer. Mary Shelley is best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818). She was married to Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1816).



Frankenstein/ The Modern Prometheus
edition 1818
Mary Shelley

Two years later, she published her most famous novel, Frankenstein, as a new novel from an anonymous author. 

She also was a short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer.  

She wrote several other books, including Valperga (1823), The Last Man (1826), the autobiographical Lodore (1835) and the posthumously published Mathilde.


Mary Shelley's works often argue that cooperation and sympathy, particularly as practised by women in the family, were the ways to reform civil society. This view was a direct challenge to the individualistic Romantic ethos promoted by Percy Shelley, her husband, and the Siècle des Lumières political theories articulated by her father, William Godwin, philosopher.

Shelley died of brain cancer on February 1, 1851, in London, England.

Mary Shelley employed the techniques of many different novelistic genres, most vividly the Godwinian novel, Walter Scott's new historical novel, and the Gothic novel


Things as they Are/ Adventures
Caleb Williams
1st edition, 1794

"In The Last Man, she uses the philosophical form of the Godwinian novel to demonstrate the ultimate meaninglessness of the world.[ While earlier Godwinian novels had shown how rational individuals could slowly improve society, The Last Man and Frankenstein demonstrate the individual's lack of control over history."



Frankenstein
credits: art by Pablo Marcos

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a Gothic novel that tells "the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment."

Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.

"As a child, I scribbled; and my favourite pastime, during the hours given me for recreation, was to 'write stories.'" 

Mary Shelley


Mathilda
Mary Shelley

It was a century after her passing that one of her novels, Mathilda, was finally released in the 1950s. 

Her lasting legacy, however, remains the classic gothic tale of Frankenstein. This struggle between a monster and its creator has been an enduring part of popular culture.



Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 
Kenneth Branagh, 1994

Films:

In 1994, Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in a film adaptation of Shelley's novel, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Her work has also inspired some spoofs, such as Young Frankenstein starring Gene Wilder. Shelley's monster lives on in such modern thrillers as I, Frankenstein (2014) as well.




credits: David Keen's illustration for Asimov's Liar

Education:

National Science Fiction Day is celebrated annually on January 2nd by millions of science fiction fans across the United States.

January 2 was chosen for National Science Fiction Day because it's the e celebrating the brirthday of science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.
American author and Boston University professor of biochemistry, Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920.  He was best known for his works of science fiction and his popular science books. 


I, Robot
Isaac Asimov
Fawcet 1970 rare cover
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I, Robot kicked off the book series, and while the movie starring Will Smith has a lot of awesome tech, the book explains so much more about how humans react to robots. 


I, Robot
Alex Proyas, 2004

Students love science fiction books and movies. I wrote some posts about science fiction, Twilight saga (teen sequel, books and films), Jules Verne, Star WarsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Noel Adams), Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón).
Some of the successful films and television shows that are recognized by science fiction fans include Star Trek-The Next GenerationThe X-Files, Battlestar GalacticaDoctor Who and The Twilight Zone.


The Big Book of Science Fiction
Ann and Jeff Vandermeer

"Quite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time - past, present, and future!"

Including different science fiction authors and themes.

In the classroom - languages and science curriculum - watch some classic science fiction t.v. show or movie and of course start reading a science fiction novel with students.
Through interactive resources,students will become immersed in science fiction as they will explore this awesome genre of literature. Beyond the books, films and t.v. series they will create interesting and successful interdisciplinary projects.
Invite students to write some thoughts on science fiction genre, book or movie/ t.v. series. Ask them to use #ScienceFictionDay to post on social media.
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