“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein. (via riverran)
#mary shelley #this quote though #it’s all kinds of wonderful #hey remember that time one asswipe was like you have 30 seconds to name something invented by a woman… #…and Mary was like SCIENCE FICTION MOTHERFUCKERS #that was awesome #thanks Mary Shelley (via snappily)
And the next time someone starts claiming that teenage girls have ruined the horror genre with romance or whatever you can be like, hey dicksmack, teenage girls and romance built your genre so sit the fuck down.
Actually, the first science fiction story was written by a different woman: Margaret Cavendish.
I mean, props to Mary Shelley, she’s probably been more influential, but you have to give credit where it’s due. Written in 1666, and republished in 1668 alongside her Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, (AKA science before people really used the word ‘science’),The Blazing World was inspired by a visit to the Royal Society (she was the very first woman to do so). She looked down a microscope and it blew her mind to the possibilities of different forms of life.
The Blazing World is about a woman who journey’s to a parallel world before we had a vocabulary for talking about parallel worlds, and before we had even imagined space travel. This ‘twin’ of the Earth was connected at the North Pole. Cavendish’s heroine’s ship is caught in a storm, driven off course, and washed up on this new world. There she encounters strange and wonderful people (before anyone else envisioned aliens) who elect this strange woman to be their Empress and present to her many scientific marvels (including a submarine). Cavendish uses this set up to satirise her own society and explore a world where a woman was allowed power far beyond what Cavendish herself could hope to attain (even as a Duchess with an unusually permissive husband and rare education).
So, like I say, props to Mary Shelley and all, but let’s not obscure the achievements of one woman with those of another. Margaret Cavendish invented science fiction, parallel worlds, travel to other (physical) worlds, aliens, the concept of submarines, and more. Let’s celebrate them both.
I get unreasonably annoyed by the “Mary Shelley invented sci-fi” post because yay Mary Shelley and all that but DON’T YOU DARE FORGET MY DARLING MAD MADGE MOTHERFUCKERS
But said the Empress, there is some likeness between Maggots and Cheese; for Cheese has no blood, nor Maggots neither; besides, they have almost the same taste which Cheese has. This proves nothing, answered they; for Maggots have a visible, local, progressive motion, which Cheese hath not. The Empress replied, That when all the Cheese was turned into Maggots, it might be said to have local, progressive motion. They answered, That when the Cheese by its own figurative motions was changed into Maggots, it was no more Cheese.