Today is publication day for two new SF Masterworks: Frankenstein and The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe.
Widely regarded as the first true work of science fiction, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s 1818 classic, Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus, is quite simply one of the most famous novels in literary history. Filmed countless times, featuring countless actors – from Boris Karloff to Robert De Niro – it is a classic warning tale of the dangers of science run amok. The SF Masterworks edition (eBook) contains a fascinating introduction and notes by acclaimed author and critic Adam Roberts.
The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe, as noted yesterday, is a modern classic of British SF and was filmed in 1980 as Death Watch, recently digitally remastered and re-released. First published in 1974, D.G. Compton’s The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe tells of a different kind of horror – the voyeuristic intrusion of reality television into modern culture; a phenomenon Compton foresaw decades before the likes of The Truman Show.
Two very different books but alike in at least one respect: they’re both perfect reading for a dark and wet October day . . .