« Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists » Tracy Canfield; Traci Castleberry; Claire Humphrey


In the field of mad science, women have for too long been ignored, their triumphs misattributed to mere men. Society has seen the laboratory as the province of men. Jacob's Ladder electric arcs, death rays, even test tubes have phallic connotations, subliminally reinforcing the patriarchy.

The mother of Mary Shelley, author of *Frankenstein* , advocated that women appear more masculine to earn respect. If Marie Curie had been allowed to develop her Atomic Gendarmerie for the *Institut du radium* , surely she would have been awarded her third Nobel Prize, for peace.

Thankfully, the women working to dangerous and/or questionable ends in the pages of *Daughters of Frankenstein* are unafraid of the patriarchy--indeed, as lesbian mad scientists, they prefer the company and comforts of their own gender. Androids? Pfeh, the gynoid is superior. Etheric dynamos have a more pleasing design, one that is vulvar, than Tesla coils.

Eighteen imaginative, if not insane, women; eighteen stories told by some of the finest writers working in queer speculative fiction: Traci Castleberry, Sean Eads, Gemma Files, Amy Griswold, and Melissa Scott.


Language English
Author Tracy Canfield; Traci Castleberry; Claire Humphrey
Year Lethe Press, 2020
First Published 2015
ISBN 9781590213605
Amazon ID 1590213602


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