Joseph (Joe) Bodenland
Joseph (Joe) Bodenland, a liberal presidential adviser deposed by right-wing extremists. He is transported by a timeslip from the twenty-first to the early nineteenth century. He is a grandfather but becomes young again when the timeslip takes him back to 1816. He finds himself at Lake Geneva, near the Villa Diodati, where he meets Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Shelley’s mistress, Mary, who is in the process of writing the novel Frankenstein. Attracted to Mary, he has a brief affair with her. Having come from the future, Bodenland can foretell the ecological damage that will be wrought by technology run amok, by the conquest of nature symbolized by Frankenstein’s experiments. Consequently, he kills Frankenstein and destroys both Frankenstein’s monster and his mate.
Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist. Unlike the Frankenstein of Mary Shelley’s novel, who is an idealistic man of sensibility, this Frankenstein is a cynical, abrasive, and bitterly proud individual. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein destroys the monster’s mate on which he is working, lest he create a race of monsters, and then pursues the male monster after it murders his bride, Elizabeth. In this novel, unlike Shelley’s, Victor does not marry Elizabeth, nor is she killed. He completes the monster’s mate and brings her to life. When he then proposes creating a third monster to fight the first two, Bodenland kills him.
(The entire section is 628 words.)