Published in the January 2008 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, John Kessel’s Pride and Prometheus mashes the fictional universes of contemporaries Mary Shelley and Jane Austen.
The beautifully written tale has Austen’s Mary, the plain but studious Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice, crossing paths with the intense Victor Frankenstein sojourning in London while en route to the Orkney Islands. Dinner talk turns to tales of grave robbing, and there appears to be a giant roaming the nearby forest.
Pride and Prometheus has been nominated in the best novelette category for the prestigious, peer-voted Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Awards. The winners will be announced in Los Angeles on April 25th.
- Read Pride and Prometheus.
- Author John Kessel’s homepage.