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Alana Maxwell
Date of Birth: April 13, 1988
Place of Birth: Philipsburg, Montana
Position: Chief Science Officer

Portrayed by: Michelle Agresti

Dr. Alana Sarah Maxwell was a computer scientist and A.I. specialist working for Goddard Futuristics, previously stationed on the Urania (and the Hephaestus) under Colonel Kepler.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Maxwell was a math prodigy and very interested in Artificial Intelligence. Before working for Goddard Futuristics, she worked at Nash Robotics Research Lab. It was the best known robotics lab in the country, but was ultimately holding Maxwell back from progressing the world of science as fast as she wanted to. Kepler attempted to recruit her for six months before she accepted the job request.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Maxwell was shown to be laid-back and fairly easy going, although very enthusiastic about her work and loyal to her team. Kepler has described her as "easily distracted", although it was much more likely that she simply liked to mess with Eiffel and the rest of the Hephaestus crew. She cared deeply about A.I.s, more so than anyone else on the mission, and was so devoted to this that over the events of "Limbo" and "Memoria", she coded for thirty-seven hours straight in order to keep Hera from being replaced with a dummy program.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Daniel Jacobi[edit | edit source]

  • Having spent several years working together, Maxwell and Jacobi were fairly close and constantly poked fun at each other in almost a sibling-like manner. They were some of the only few characters to refer to each other on a first-name basis. Lovelace notes that they have a "breezy, professional friendship", although interactions between them seem to show that it runs deeper than that. Maxwell states in "Boléro" that she considered "...[the Colonel and] Daniel" to be "family."

Hera[edit | edit source]

  • Due to Maxwell's specific purpose on the second phase of the Hephaestus mission, she and Hera instantly bonded and seemed to have a real connection. In "Boléro" , Maxwell admits she considered her and Hera to be friends, and in "Memoria", Maxwell was able to help Hera regain her self-confidence and figure out the glitch in her vocal patterns, effectively starting her on a path to recovery. However, in the end, her mission was to control Hera and take advantage of her functions, and Hera believes Maxwell betrayed her-- although she still mourns Maxwell at the funeral they hold for all three deceased crew members.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Her father was a church reverend.
  • She graduated from MIT at age 19.
  • The binary on the Maxwell merchandise design corresponds to the ASCII characters for a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet: "...the speech, I pray you, as I pronounce it to you..."
  • She has a restraining order on her family.
  • Her surname is most likely a reference to James Clerk Maxwell, a 19th-century mathematician and physicist known especially for his work on the theory of electromagnetism.

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