When our favourite television series come to an end on our screens, it doesn’t always mean goodbye. Firefly was revived with Serenity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer found a second life in a celebrated comic series (and yes, this happens for more than just Joss Whedon shows!). One of Breaking the Glass Slipper’s favourite shows – for obvious reasons – is Orphan Black. While the show might have left our screens in 2017, the clones’ stories don’t end there. Under the guiding hand of Malka Older, Orphan Black is continuing on the audio platform Serial Box, with Madeline Ashby as one of the series writers.

Megan and Lucy chatted to Madeline, author and futurist, about the pitfalls of adapting a television show into an audio format, how you cater to fans’ expectations, and the incredible exploration of themes of identity within Orphan Black. And yes, there is A LOT of fangirling in this one.

‘Science fiction is about, going back to Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly, is who and what gets to be a human being?’

Madeline Ashby

Texts mentioned in this episode include:

  • Orphan Black
  • Orphan Black: The Next Chapter (Serial Box)
  • Infomocracy by Malka Older
  • Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • A Cyborg Manifesto by Donna J. Haraway
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Minority Report
  • Agents of Shield
  • Blade Runner
  • Archive of Our Own
  • Breaking Bad
  • Mad Men
  • Mindhunter

Madeline Ashby

Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer, futurist, speaker, teacher, and immigrant living in Toronto. She is represented by Cooke McDermid, and UTA. If you’d like to ask about a speaking engagement, please contact Perfect Note Speakers. You can buy her books here.

Madeline Ashby has worked with Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, The Atlantic Council, the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination, Changeist, and others. She has spoken at SXSW, FutureEverything, MozFest, and other events. Her essays have appeared at BoingBoing, io9, WorldChanging, Creators Project, Arcfinity, MISC Magazine, and FutureNow. Her fiction has appeared in Slate, MIT Tech Review, Clarkesworld, and multiple anthologies. She is a member of the XPRIZE Science Fiction Advisory Council and the AI Policy Futures Group at ASU CSI. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty novels. Her novel Company Town was a Canada Reads finalist.