1816年夏天，瑪麗＆middot;雪萊（Mary Shelley, 1797＆ndash;1851）與丈夫柏西＆middot;雪萊（Percy Shelley, 1792＆ndash;1822），連同拜倫（Lord Byron, 1788＆ndash;1824）和其他友人一同前往日內瓦旅行。由於天候惡劣，大夥無法外出活動，便待在屋內消磨時間。他們閱讀恐怖小說，接著比賽寫恐怖小說。瑪麗想像一個科學家創造了一個生物，卻反被他所創造的「東西」所嚇到的故事，她的想像最後成為了《科學怪人》的故事。
Frankenstein is a novel about a young science student who creates a creature as a scientific experiment. It is a great horror story but also discusses ideas about philosophy and questions man＆rsquo;s right to ＆ldquo;play God＆rdquo;. It is a very early example of science fiction.
During the summer of 1816, Mary Shelley traveled to Geneva with her husband Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others. The weather was too bad for outdoor activities, so the friends spent time inside. They read ghost stories and then had a competition to write the best horror story. Mary dreamt about a scientist who created life but was horrified by the ＆ldquo;thing＆rdquo; he had made; her dream became the story of Frankenstein.
As well as being a warning about the dangers of obsession, the novel also talks about the problem of being lonely. The monster only becomes violent because he is rejected for his appearance, not because he is naturally evil. He shows himself to have a good character several times in his story.
When the book came out one critic said it was ＆ldquo;horrible and disgusting＆rdquo;. Others were shocked that a woman had written it. But Frankenstein was extremely popular. It became widely kno...