The Science of Orphan Black The Official Companion

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-06-13
  • Publisher: ECW Press

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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.

Author Biography

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
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
Trish Stratus
Molly Holly
Luna Vachon
Torrie Wilson
Stacy Keibler

Chapter 7 — Total Nonstop Action: A New Frontier
Gail Kim
Awesome Kong
The Beautiful People: Angelina Love and Velvet Sky
Mickie James

Chapter 8 — The Rise of the Divas
The Bella Twins: Nikki and Brie
Michelle McCool
Beth Phoenix
A.J. Lee

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
Irma Gonzalez
Lola Gonzalez
Lady Apache
La Diabolica
Sarah Stock
Sexy Star
United Kingdom
Saraya Knight
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
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
Sasha Banks
Becky Lynch
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?

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