This morning, we woke up to a curious Twitter storm started by an unsuspecting offender: the NYT Time Books section.
Turns out they had gone and decided that none other that H.G. Wells had invented the science fiction genre. Which would be fine… except he published The Time Machine a mere 77 years after Mary Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818.
It could also be argued, relatively easily, that Margaret Cavendish was the first science fiction writer, not Shelley. Her 1666 novel, The Blazing World, centers around science and travel to other worlds. And then there’s all these books.
Either way, it’s not Wells. But, do enjoy the memes and tweets about the whole thing.
With Jules Verne and the publisher Hugo Gernsback, H.G. Wells invented the genre of science fiction. https://t.co/x126fHhDYo
— New York Times Books (@nytimesbooks) November 20, 2021
1. Do not mess with book people.
2. We give this Tweet an F.
3. Sleep tight!
4. The parties were good… not that good.
5. Well, that‘s not weird at all.
6. While shaking that aforementioned heart, no less.
7. Come on, NYT! You can do it!
8. This is what happens when you use Bing.
9. :Gets more popcorn:
11. What were you saying, Byron?
12. Shelley, Frankenstein, and Frankenstein’s Monster would all like a word with you. BRB gonna go get our Ouija board.
Excuse you? pic.twitter.com/asWXMFbMny
— Claudia Lomelí🌸 (@TheClauLomeli) November 20, 2021
13. The moment she decided to write her novel.