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Frankenstein Bicentennial Dare Competition

Date: June 30, 2016

Summary: Two hundred years after Mary Shelley came up with the vision for the story that would become Frankenstein, Arizona State University (ASU), National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Chabot Space and Science Center and Creative Nonfiction magazine launched a series of writing 'dares' to inspire the public to imagine new stories about science, technology, and the impact of creations. Listen to our conversation with leaders of this project.


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Bob Beard —communications and public engagement strategist at ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination:

I think Frankenstein is still really compelling. As Grant said, Frankenstein was created at a time when there was this uptick in the public's engagement around science. And we're at this similar point now.

"I think the public is hungry for science that's told to them in a way that's entertaining and relatable. And in that way Frankenstein is this amazing reference. It's something that everyone instinctively understands, even little kids have an idea of what Frankenstein is. But then it's also this great tool to interrogate issues in science in tech on a deeper level."

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