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Praise for the Battlestar Galactica television series:

"'GALACTICA'S BACK, BETTER THAN EVER . . . You don't have to love sci-fi to love Battlestar Galactica . . . a great TV series."
--USA Today

"Rapidly shaping up to be the most influential Science Fiction series since Babylon 5 and the original Star Trek."
--TV Zone magazine.

"Serious and sexy, Battlestar Galactica is the best sci fi on TV."
--CFQ (Cinefantastique)

"Even if you're not normally a fan of the genre, you may find that this Battlestar is smart enough and entertaining enough to win you over." --USA Today

"The new and darker Galactica is an intensely suspenseful journey of survival. Well worth staying home on Fridays to watch."
--Matt Roush, TV Guide

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A new novel based on the SCI FI Channel's biggest hit original series ever!

In 1978, Battlestar Galatica was born, inspired by the success of Star Trek and Star Wars. Now, re-imagined by the brilliant Star Trek writer/director Ronald A. Moore, Battlestar Galactica lives again, a hard-hitting, suspenseful sci-fi series unlike anything ever seen on television before. In late 2003, an original Sci-Fi Channel miniseries heralded its arrival. Starring Edward James Olmost and Mary McDonnell, it electrified viewers and critics alike, and has been hailed as a landmark in television drama.
Now, published for the first time, here is the novel based on that exciting miniseries.

"Even if you're not normally a fan of the genre, you may find that this Battlestar is smart enough and entertaining enough to win you over."
--USA Today

"The new and darker Galactica is an intensely suspenseful journey of survival. Well worth staying home on Fridays to watch."
--Matt Roush, TV Guide

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Product Details

  • Series: Battlestar Galactica (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765315416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765315410
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Midwesterner by birth and upbringing (I grew up in Huron, Ohio), I've lived in New England ever since attending college at Brown University, in Rhode Island. Now I live outside Boston with my wife and daughters, and also with a border collie mix named Captain Jack and a cat named Moonlight.

I've loved science fiction since I first began to read, and from the time I began writing, I always knew my first love was going to be SF. I'm not sure where you'd place me as a writer: I love astronomy and cosmology and hard SF concepts, and yet the characters are the most important thing to me in any story, whether it's a story I'm reading or a story I'm writing. It's the people, and the sense of wonder, that have always made science fiction--and science!--so awe-inspiring to me. Basically, I have always tried to write stories that I would want to read myself.

Some years ago, I developed and hosted on the air an educational TV series fo r middle-school classrooms, called Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy--teaching kids the basics of how to turn ideas into stories. That later turned into a computer-based course called, oddly enough, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. In 2005, I decided it was about time to put the information online as a public service, available for free to any aspiring writer. It's online now, and you can use it anytime you like, just by going to http://www.writesf.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Doddema on February 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I usually love adaptations because they go more into detail than the actual film. I think the only thing I got extra out of this was that #6's name was Narisa. If you love BSG and just want a recap, go rent the DVD. Save your pretty penny.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Newell on February 19, 2006
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The novelization of "Battlestar Galactica" by Jeffery Carver is a pretty good one. Mr. Carver does a very good job in his visualization of many of the battle scenes. While this novelization does not offer the reader many extra or deleted scenes, he does give the reader good insight to several characters. Overall this novelization very good.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. W. Allen on January 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
cwldm "cwldm" who wrote the review `Less than the original' (and who only gave this book 2 stars) would have you believe that the use of the word 'God' in this book is an oversight on the part of the author, due to the fact that the religion of the Colonials is polytheistic in nature and the word used should be 'gods'.

However, if the reviewer were a true fan of the show, he/she would realise that the opposing religious views of the Cylons and Colonials was not actually officially introduced until Season One. If you watch the Miniseries, you will see that the word 'God' is used several times (by Cylons and Colonials alike) and the word 'gods' does not appear at all.

In fact, the only slight reference to polytheism in the Miniseries is to the 'Lords of Kobol', and Ron D. Moore himself has admitted that at that point, the Lords of Kobol were only going to be historical figures in Colonial history (like the saints in Catholicism) and not any sort of deities.

There are other aspects of the Miniseries which were changed in actual series in order to make more sense (i.e. changing the Astral Queen from a freighter to a prison transport and changing the number of prisoners from 500 to 5,000), and is to be expected.

In short, it is the job of the author to write a book that is true to the specific subject material, in this case, the Miniseries. In this, I believe that Jeffrey Carver has done his job, and done it well (hence the five stars).

It is not however, the job of the author to attempt to fill in every plot-hole, contradiction and continuity error made by the show's creator's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eagle on August 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Battlestar Galactica or BSG as it likes to be called follows the TV series faithfully. It opens like the TV series with the diplomat at the diplomatic out post waiting fruitlessly for his Cylon counterpart. Little does he know that his life is about to end when he meets a beautiful women who turns out to be a Cylon. This book is the start of the series on how human life might be in about 200-300 years ahead of us but follows what we would call pagan worship. It is as if the ancient Greeks survived into our century. They believe in a planet that was the home of their species and from which sprung their interstellar civilization. The names of their planets appear to be from the Zodiac. They reached a level of civilization where robots took the place, jobs and tasks of people. As the book goes on to say, the robots called Cylons, rebelled and went to war with their human masters. They also believed in one god as opposed to the humans pantheon of gods. This was one reason for the war. Sound familiar? The books explore the relationships between humans and also between the Cylons as well as humans and Cylons, some of who look just like humans with human frailties. This could easily be book one in a series that could span many books as long as they are based on the TV series. In this first book of the hundreds of millions who are killed only about 50,000 humans escape and are lead by the Battlestar Galactica, a very old military starship that acts as a shepherd to take the survivors on a quest to find a mythical planet called Earth that is mentioned in their religious text. The writers use real not whimsical science. The guns shoot bullets. The fighter ships called, Vipers, shoot missiles and machine guns. They explore the stress of using nuclear weapons.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Garfield on July 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really like the author. The writing style is good and engaging.

I stopped reading the story, however, because it doesn't seem to add anything to the overall story. I'll be honest, I was hoping for more mini-stories, background, and revelations.

I will probably seek out other work from this author, but as far is this story goes: been there, done that.

I'd recommend it for people who haven't watched the series though.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Glennon on November 9, 2006
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I am a committed BG fan, but this book was a waste. I expected it to have expanded detail and sub plots not included in the movie. It didn't. I could have sat in front of my TV and written this in no time. I appreciate the author for trying to feed my BG need, but this book was not worth reading if you saw the movie. I never not finish a book, but with this one, I didn't even reach page 100.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy on March 26, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a well written book that is based on the SciFi miniseries of the same name. It is great for someone who likes to read instead of watching TV. It could also be good for someone who doesn't have regular access to TV like people in the military stationed overseas. It doesn't have that much more info than the series though.
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