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

Lost’s “Solitary:” Karma Hole

Said would be very good in the Gulf Wars version of Apocalypse Now, (not Jarhead, although that's also a good movie). The Men Who Stare at Goats also comes to mind. Intel and comms. In Survivor: Borneo, and other seasons, the tribe-mates eat rat. They're not eating rabbits on the Lost Island. Speaking of rodents, … Continue reading Lost’s “Solitary:” Karma Hole