Frankenstein’s Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz: An Example of Synthesism in Science Fiction


  • Ali Mohamed Hamad, Luma Ibrahim Shakir Al-barzenji


Science fiction, technological developments, synthetic figures, and ethical issues.


As a literary genre, science fiction regularly presents extraordinary things. It offers innovative concepts, including rapid technological and scientific advancements. The genre frequently evaluates the implications of research, social, and technological developments. Alien invasion, alternate history, synthetic biology or synthesism, horror, etc., are all sub-genres of Sci-Fi. Contemporary writers have used the genre to address concerns about technological and socio-political developments. The paper sheds light on synthesism as a significant subgenre of science fiction; the way it affects humanity. It discusses if this creation has an ethical consequence for humankind. And the possibility of benefiting from them to serve humanity. The research draws clear lines on the ethical challenges of creating synthetic figures in one of Frankenstein’s modern adopted novels, Prodigal Son (2005), by the American novelist Dean Koontz. The author demonstrates in this novel that science fiction has ethical implications.