Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.

Mary Shelly, author of Frankenstein, is credited by many as the creator of the Sci-fi genre. Shelley grew up and formed a life surrounded by literary influences, including her parents who were writers themselves and encouraged her to create her own stories and her husband who enthusiastically encouraged her writing. Despite being surrounded by death, illnesses, and constant financial struggles, her writing continued to flourish.