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Life Without a Body – The World of Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon (the Japanese version) posits something not seen before: the complete division of the mind and the body – which seems to also be the secret to immortality. In Ghost in the Shell – except for a few individuals, like Major Motoko, with full cyborg bodies (shells) – most people in the world still … Continue reading Life Without a Body – The World of Altered Carbon

Plague Rat: An Outbreak Caused by a Stowaway

It all comes down to genetics – which determine blood proteins, aging and antibodies. It all comes down to the blood. The ongoing mutations of an already virulent virus – those are the real metaphorical 12 Monkeys, of the movie title. Ebola was originally spread by bat guano, in a cave and monkeys – different … Continue reading Plague Rat: An Outbreak Caused by a Stowaway

Virus World and Zombie Fictions

Viruses Zombies tend to operate using a rudimentary hive mind. The individual zombies aren't smart, but the virus's collective unconscious is – like a kudzu creeping vine or a mold colony – or the Mind Flayer, in Season 2, of Stranger Things. Misidentification of the zombies as simply expired or as having rabies, Ebola, Mad … Continue reading Virus World and Zombie Fictions

The Circle, Week 2: Real/Fake

Alex/Adam I’m still your cuddle toy. – Alex/Adam Sammie immediately reads that Alex/Adam's profile pic looks like it's straight out of an ad, or a commercial. You have two Adams, with the addition of Bill – so, there's definitely a fake, or a catfish. Real Adam vs. Catfish Adam. People are on to Alex. Something's … Continue reading The Circle, Week 2: Real/Fake