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Are Females Human? Women in Science Fiction

May 5th, 2015

Episode 423 of 447 episodes

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” has inspired countless stories in the two centuries since it was published, most of them centered upon male mad scientists who create life without the help of a woman. But a new spate of movies and TV shows like “Orphan Black” and “Ex Machina” are investigating issues of cloning and artificial intelligence while making women central characters. On this week’s Out Loud, Jill Lepore–who wrote recently for the site about the scientific history behind “Orphan Black”–discusses the legacy of Shelley’s classic and what it can tell us about the role of women in today’s science-fiction.

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