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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826428487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826428486
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The collection engages and impresses with the acuity of its insights." —Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media

About the Author

Tiffany Potter, teaching in the Department of English, University of British Columbia, and holding a PhD in English Literature, focuses her research on cultural studies, with emphases on colonial and post-colonialism, feminism, the history of sexuality, and the historical literatures of anthropology and race. She has published extensively in many journals, including Early American Literature.
C.W. Marshall is an Associate Professor of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, with a PhD in Classics and a post-graduate diploma in Christian Studies, in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. Having published on the conventions of heroism from Greek tragedy to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he brings to this project an understanding of the foundations of Western mythic and narrative patterns

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Tama Leaver researches and writes about the relationship between people and technology in a variety of forms. He is particularly interested in the ways that the boundaries between people and technology are collapsing over time (if these boundaries really existed at all!). Tama is a lecturer in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia having gained his PhD in 2006 at The University of Western Australia. He writes about film, television, science fiction, social media, online issues and a range of other areas.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Stoker on January 13, 2008
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If you watch BSG actively, attentively, if you "work" at the show watching for where it's echoing our current political/religous/gender/? issues, concerns, then read this book of essays.

The essays are of varying density and depth, but I enjoyed them all. Something to be gained from each of them although many were definitely on the "scholarly" side of the street. Some of the essays intrigued me from the first sentence and I underlined extensively. Others, I read quickly, simply didn't resonate with the material.

The diversity of points of view, the diversity of aspects of BSG investigated and dissected by the the authors is what makes this book worth the money.

Cylons and humans...what's the difference?
Torture...is it ever justified?
Rape...can a machine be raped? (Is Boomer a machine? Does a machine have
feelings?)
Is Starbuck a serial killer? (How many times DID she kill Leoben??)
Is there racism among the the humans?
The Uncanny...the "double"
"The Farm" episode...pro life/pro choice...
Why is Hera so important? How important is a hybrid? What will synthesis mean to Human and Cylon???
...I could go on and on.

Again...if you actively watch BSG, like getting into philosophical/political/current events parallels, you will like this book. If you think about the show once you've seen an episode and then look out at the world we live in and relate the two...you'll like this book. If you're willing to put in some effort, you'll like this book. If you're already putting effort into BSG and enjoy doing that, you'll like this book.

I rated the book 4 stars...5 stars is perfect in my estimation and nothing is perfect...thank the gods for that!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan V. on April 26, 2010
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Great book. If you're interested in learning more about the socially relevant elements of Battlestar Galactica or how to approach creating a socially relevant eposodic sci-fi TV show. I was afraid it would be bogged down with references to Plato and and other long winded philosophers taught in philosophy 101 college classes (like a lot of these types "You've seen the film/TV show, now copare it to such and such philosopher" books) that aren't too exciting to read about. I was pleased to find that it is both an easy read, very educational, and very enjoyible. I serious recommend this book to anyone who feels wacthing Battlestar Galactica changed their lives for the better.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lance Ponder on April 2, 2008
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Overall this was an interesting piece. Because it is actually a collection of essays it is hard to be more specific about the overall content. Some of the essays were better than others. A few brought out points I was unaware of and to me these were most interesting. It isn't light reading for the casual fan, but for anyone who likes to unravel all the fine details and analyze, it is an excellent tool.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary D. Brown on March 15, 2014
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This book was horrible. I could not even finish it. The "essays" within made statements like "Roslin was 43rd in line of the Presidency; George W. Bush was the 43rd President.

And the left-wing nonsense went on and on.

I am sorry that I bought this book. I have since given away my copy to the Goodwill.

Although, if you are a leftist, buy it you'll love it. it reinforces all of your pre-conceived stereo-types.
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