The bulk of the novel Frankenstein is told in flashback, narrated by Dr. Frankenstein to the members of a polar expedition who unexpectedly found him out in the frozen wastes, hundreds of miles from civilization.

Thus, Mary Shelley didn't just invent science fiction. She also invented the "So, I bet you're wondering how I got into this situation..." opening, albeit without the customary record scratch and freeze frame, which were beyond the technology available to her.

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