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The Hive Recap: Variable and Full of Perturbation

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#AskOB: Fan Q&A with Cosima Herter

If Cosima Herter met Cosima Niehaus, what would they talk about? – extremely-organized-chaos

They’d probably stay up all night commiserating about their complicated romantic relationships!

Were you pissed when you found out that Cosima might die?  hella-cosima

No! Cosima is an interesting and loveable character but I don’t necessarily feel any more attached to her than I do any of the others because I am her namesake. To be honest, my favourite character is, by far, Alison. For some reason, I feel deeply invested in the well being of that character, and I’d be far more upset if something were to happen to her than Cosima!

What are your favorite works of science fiction, and how have they influenced your outlook on science and technology? – Sunnydalescoobies

There are few works that I love, and have been reading and re-reading since I was quite young. I really love 19th century Victorian novels, and both Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau still top my sci-fi favourites list. I actually read each of these every year (yes, every year!) for pleasure when I can give myself a break from schoolwork. I think they are such wonderfully constructed narratives, which still viscerally affect me. But they’re also both important social and historical commentaries written by authors who were incredibly well informed of the biological sciences of their day. They raised poignant and provocative moral, social and political questions about the intentions and consequences of science, especially when unchecked by any kind of moral oversight, that are still relevant today. I also love Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake. I have a deep and longstanding reverence for Atwood (and that’s certainly not limited to her science fiction! I’m also a big fan of her short stories and poetry).

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