How is Frankenstein an example of science fiction?

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Science fiction is based on possible (whether plausible or not) advances in science or technology or the potential social or environmental changes that result (or that exist separately from the advancements). Mary Shelley's novel is based on potential scientific advances that likely did not seem too incredibly far-fetched to readers at the time, especially given recent advancements and the knowledge gained as a result of the Enlightenment focus on the scientific method.

Victor Frankenstein collects body parts from the deceased and manufactures a humanoid being, and it is implied that he might use electricity to animate this being. Because of the contemporary...

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