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The Science of Orphan Black: The Official Companion

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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. Aut
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Paperback, 303 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by ECW Press
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Ben Babcock
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m not all that comfortable with our tendency these days to label or ask if a piece of media is “feminist”. I don’t think that’s the right way to be looking at or critiquing media. All media are ultimately creations of our society and therefore contain threads of the implicit biases within our society. Rather than trying to decide if something is or is not feminist, as a whole work, we should be critiquing it through a feminist lens.

But damn, if Orphan Black is not a feminist show, I don’t know
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Sara Oxton
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Science of Orphan Black a sublime five-star read. This is a companion novel and that’s something I haven’t really read before, but this one intrigued me as I loved Orphan Black and was raving about it when it first came out and kept telling people they had to watch it. The science behind it all has always fascinated me as I am a total science nerd, and I had some ideas about how it all worked and was always trying to figure stuff out before it was revealed, and this book blew my mind.
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Katrina
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for fans of Orphan Black left with the question "HOW?"
The science of the show is laid out in a readable, easy to follow format. The book may be scientific, but like the TV show, doesn't shy away from humour and interesting asides. Whether or not you want to read the entire book, or just want a quick-reference companion while watching (or re-watching) the show, the book is a necessity for fans to appreciate all the hidden details of OB. I enjoyed reading it FAR more than I did a
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Marjolein
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Full review to come!
Hadas Sloin
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommended to any "Orphan Black" fan who's interested in the science of the show.

As a neurobiologist, many of the basic scientific facts detailed in the book were known to me. However, I discovered many new things, and broaden by knowledge regarding many subjects touched in the book. Moreover, the original and detailed though the writers dedicated to many scientific subjects in "Orphan Black" was mesmerizing and made me think about aspects I didn't conside
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Yaiza
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Muy recomendable si te has visto la serie entera y quieres entender bien la parte científica. Explican de todo, desde la clonación humana (obviamente) hasta qué tipo de daños cerebrales produce ser apuñalada con un lapicero en el ojo. A veces las explicaciones son demasiado complicadas y técnicas, al menos para mí, pero también da muchos datos sobre el estado actual de la investigación y legislación sobre los temas que la serie presenta como sci-fi.
Vanessa
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading Challenge 2017: a book with multiple authors

Thanks to ECW Press for the ARC via Edelweiss!

Wonderful book! I love reading about our girls and understanding a bit more of all the science behind the story. The research for this project is pretty impressive. I'm gonna miss Orphan Black! ♥
Steve
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but I preferred Gregory E. Pence’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black.

I liked The Science of Orphan Black. It encompasses a broader scope than Gregory E. Pence’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black. The latter only discussed cloning, but did it extremely well. While not as much fun to read, The Science of Orphan Black did cover a broader range of topics and it clarifies some of the
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Mike Smith
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Orphan Black was a science fiction TV show that aired 50 episodes over 5 seasons from 2013 to 2017. It was about a group of human clones who had been raised apart and have only recently discovered each other and that they are part of an ongoing scientific experiment. The show dealt with themes of medical ethics, identity, autonomy, and similar issues. The hook for me was that all the female clones are played by one Canadian actress, Tatiana Maslany, and she was superb. Every character was differ ...more
Kristine
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Science of Orphan Black by Casey Griffin, Nina Nesseth, Cosima Herter, and Graeme Manson is free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-August.

Written on onion-style paper (apparent even in digital form) with the occasional blacked-out censored paragraph, lines of teleplay script, on-set and production photos and Clone Club Q&A segments, The Science of Orphan Black is like a peek into Cosima Herter's (whose first name inspired the most scientifically-minded clone) mind for the biology, biote
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Jessica
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Giuseppe D
I’d recommend this book only if you’re really really into the TV show and also into science. It was entertaining and it satisfied some of the curiosity I had left after watching the five seasons of the show. However, sometimes I found it a bit dry and also the interview at the end would be much better in a video format in my opinion.
Colleen Palladino
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Orphan Black just as a show, but learning about the real life science was awesome. I am a little dumb to my own biology, but since I read this book I actually got involved with 23andme. The results are not in yet, but I just love the information your DNA can tell.
Riann
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating exploration of the science found in Orphan Black! I learned so much from reading this book. The technical jargon was presented in a way that was easy to understand. I especially enjoyed the Clone Club Q&A section as well as the Case Studies section.
Carmen
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God, science is fricking awesome!
Lisa Elizabeth
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
An absolute must-read for clone clubbers interested in the nitty gritty of how Orphan Black's scientific world works.
Sophie
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's like someone read my mind and then wrote the book I most wanted to read in the world. Orphan Black is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Isabella
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This book is a great mix of the show and real facts. I can recommend it to everyone who wants to get more behind the scenes and reality.
Leigh
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Orphan Black is one of my favourite TV shows, and I'm bummed that it's over. I picked up The Science of Orphan Black at FanExpo this summer, and had the opportunity to talk a bit with one of the authors. So I was super excited to dive into this book - and I wasn't disappointed.

This book is really well thought out and researched, and super easy to read without a science background. It's packed full of fascinating nuggets about the show, and makes you realize just how brilliant this show really wa
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