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An official guide to the crazy science of Orphan Black
Delve deeper into the scientific terms and theories at the core of the Peabody-winning, cult favourite show. With exclusive insights from the show’s co-creator Graeme Manson and science consultant Cosima Herter, The Science of Orphan Black takes you behind the closed doors of the Dyad Institute and inside Neolution. Authors Casey Griffin and Nina Nesseth decode the mysteries of Orphan Black from the history of cloning, epigenetics, synthetic biology, chimerism, the real diseases on which the clone disease is based, and the transhumanist philosophies of Neolution, to what exactly happens when a projectile pencil is shot through a person’s eye and into their brain.
Casey Griffin is a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in developmental and stem-cell biology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She’s been a fan of Orphan Black and avid member of the Clone Club since 2011. When she isn’t loudly fan-girling over the show and being an all-around sci-fi and comic book nerd, she can be found working in the lab. Also an avid Clone Club member, Nina Nesseth is a professional science communicator whose background is rooted in biomedical sciences and science communication, with special interest in human biology. She is a staff scientist at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario. Nina and Casey write for entertainment news site The Mary Sue, where they dissect the science of Orphan Black.
Table of Contents
Foreword by WWE Superstar Natalya Introduction Chapter 1 The Origins: From Amazons to Wrestlers Chapter 2 The Pioneers Cora Livingston Clara Mortensen Chapter 3 When Millie Met Billy: The Billy Wolfe Era Mildred Burke: The Queen of the Ring June Byers, G. Bill, and the Split between Wolfe and Burke Nell Stewart Cora Combs Mae Weston The African-Americans Babs Wingo Ethel Johnson Marva Scott Louise Greene Kathleen Wimbley Ramona Isbell Ida Mae Martinez Gladys Gillem Penny Banner Johnnie Mae Young Chapter 4 From Slave Girl to Women’s Champion: The Rise of Lillian Ellison The Complicated Legacy of the Fabulous Moolah The Moolah Girls Rita Cortez Ella Waldek and the Story of Billy Wolfe’s Ward Ann Casey Betty Jo Hawkins Judy Grable Princess Little Cloud Beverly Shade Susan Starr Vivian Vachon Donna Christantello Joyce Grable Bette Boucher Susan Tex” Green The Independent Women Evelyn Stevens Kay Noble Betty Nicoli Donna Lemke
Chapter 5 The Rock ’n’ Wrestling Connection and the 1980s: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Wendi Richter The Original WWF Screwjob Leilani Kai Judy Martin Velvet McIntyre Sherri Martel Rockin’ Robin Debbie Combs Misty Blue Simmes Candi Devine Madusa/Alundra Blayze WCW: Where the big girls play” GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Chapter 6 The Attitude Era: The Revival of WWF’s Women’s Division Sable Chyna Trish Stratus Lita Ivory Jacqueline Jazz Molly Holly Luna Vachon Torrie Wilson Stacy Keibler Victoria
Chapter 7 Total Nonstop Action: A New Frontier Gail Kim Awesome Kong The Beautiful People: Angelina Love and Velvet Sky ODB Daffney Mickie James Jade
Chapter 8 The Rise of the Divas The Bella Twins: Nikki and Brie Michelle McCool Melina Beth Phoenix Naomi A.J. Lee Natalya
Chapter 9 International Report Mildred Burke and the Introduction of Women’s Wrestling to Japan The Beauty Pair: Jackie Sato and Maki Ueda The Crush Gals: Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka Jaguar Yokota Devil Masami Dump Matsumoto The Jumping Bomb Angels: Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki Bull Nakano Akira Hokuto Manami Toyota Aja Kong Megumi Kudo Monster Ripper Reggie Bennett Ayako Hamada Mexico Irma Gonzalez Lola Gonzalez Lady Apache La Diabolica Sarah Stock Sexy Star United Kingdom Saraya Knight Australia Madison Eagles
Chapter 10 Dave Prazak’s Crazy Idea: SHIMMER The Women of the independents Allison Danger Mercedes Martinez Malia Hosaka Lexie Fyfe Cheerleader Melissa LuFisto MsChif The Canadian Ninjas: Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews Jessicka Havok Santana Garrett
Chapter 11 NXT, the Revolution, and the return of the women’s title The death of the Divas title Charlotte Sasha Banks Bayley Becky Lynch Paige Emma Asuka Sara Amato
Chapter 12 Stephanie McMahon: Holding the Future of Women’s Wrestling in Her Hands Ronda Rousey: The Biggest Prospect Who’s Not Even a Wrestler Yet What Does the Future Hold?