I have come back to this now and it is still wonderful – although the move from the opening chapter on the shores of Lake Geneva witnessing the inception of Frankenstein to the the global Tec-X-Po on Robotics in Memphis was a little jarring. Both equally wonderful but for very different reasons. Currently, the practicalities of the sex bot are being discussed in detail!
From the opening section we have
Lake Geneva, 1816
Reality is water-soluble.
What we could see, the rocks, the shore, the trees, the boats on the lake, had lost their usual definition and blurred into the long grey of a week’s rain. Even the house, that we fancied was made of stone, wavered inside a heavy mist and through that mist, sometimes, a door or a window appeared like an image in a dream.
From Memphis we have the following conversation between Claire, the exposition point of contact and a young lady with a rather personal emergency
A young woman wearing tight leather trousers and an oversize buckskin fringed jacket rushed up to the desk, interrupting without even noticing she was interrupting.
She said, I’m looking for Intelligent Vibrators. Where are they?
Claire took a breath before she answered. Ma’am, are you an exhibitor, a demonstrator or a purchaser?
I have an emergency!
What kinda emergency?
The woman shuddered inside her leather and buckskin as she said, I have accidentally posted pictures of myself, mostly naked, except for two tassels, using the Intelligent Vibrator, on my Facebook page.
That wasn’t very intelligent, I said.
And from this conversation, Winterson coins the new and very important addition to the English lexis: “Teledildonics”. Teledildonics!
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From ‘one of the most gifted writers working today’ (New York Times) comes an audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire
In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI.
Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere.
Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryonics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead… but waiting to return to life.
But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. ‘Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.’
What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.Amazon