Patti Taylor is a Marion L. Brittain Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her PhD in English from the University of Connecticut in 2013. Her research focuses on the intersections of English Renaissance literature, reformation theology, book history, and authorship theory. She is also interested in Medieval literature, digital humanities, the Bible and literature, and adaptation and appropriation theory.
Her blogging pseudonym — Sapience — comes from her teenage obsession not with wisdom, but the science-fiction discussion about what defines personhood, regardless of whether one is human, alien, a computer, or even a collective intelligence. H. Beam Piper’s Fuzzy Sapiens was the first book to introduce her to the question of sapience, and she liked identifying as “sapience” online because while one assumed a human being behind the online voice, one couldn’t be completely sure the voice wasn’t created by a sapient alien or computer. These days, pseudonymity seems less important, and she freely admits to at least a passing facade of humanity.
In her spare time, Sapience enjoys cooking, playing ultimate frisbee, and watching and reading as much science fiction and fantasy as she can. Currently, she particularly enjoys the chance to discuss Game of Thrones, Miles Vorkosigan, and Doctor Who.