The official guide to the science behind the Battlestar Galactica universe
"If you've ever wondered what the frak happened to the science in science fiction, then this book is for you. Clear, funny, and told from an insider's perspective, it'll make any Battlestar fan's spine glow red with joy. So say we all!" --Phil Plait, creator of Bad Astronomy and host of Bad Universe
"Finally, a guide to the science fictionand, even more importantly, the science factssurrounding the Battlestar Galactica saga. If you're wondering what the BSG buzz is all about, or if you're wondering about the real research into genetics, robotics, and faster-than-light travel, this is the book for you."Alan Boyle, author of MSNBC.com's Cosmic Log and The Case for Pluto
Noteworthy for its grittiness and steadfast avoidance of flashy futuristic toys (they use wired phones, for frak's sake!), Battlestar Galactica (BSG) has been called the best show on television and as real as science fiction gets. It has dealt with issues of religious freedom, patriotism, terrorism, genetic engineering, and the ultimate science fiction question: What does it mean to be human? But the reimagined Battlestar Galactica also has a lot to say about the use of science and technology today and in the not-so-distant future.
In The Science of Battlestar Galactica, Wired magazine contributing editor Patrick Di Justo and BSG's scientific advisor Kevin Grazier answer all the questions that have puzzled you ever since Admiral Adama issued his first command. They delve into questions about the nature of lifeboth flesh-and-blood and silicon-based; the effects of radiationor how the Cylons could reoccupy Caprica after a few days, but not Earth after two thousand years; black holes, planets, and colonization; the principles behind the weapons and propulsion systems of Galactica; and much more.
Best of all, the book features insights from some of the people closest to the production, including a foreword by BSG coexecutive producer Jane Espenson and an afterword by actor Richard Hatch.
Filled with surprising details and backgroundincluding never-before-published information from show creator Ron Moore's legendary BSG Series Biblethis fascinating book sheds new light on the universe of one of the most original and provocative science fiction series ever created.
PATRICK DI JUSTO is a contributing editor for Wired and has written for Popular Science, Scientific American, New York Magazine, and the New York Times Circuits. KEVIN R. GRAZIER is the scientific advisor to Battlestar Galactica. He currently works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn; teaches astronomy, planetary science, and cosmology at UCLA and Santa Monica College.
The book is slightly technical but a great read for any fan of Battlestar Galactica.
There's enough information in the book, that you'll be entertained, without feeling bogged down by overly technical scientific explanations.
There are a lot of science "facts" that are there to make you think "is that really true or possible".
Not bad for a science class...but it barely touches the galactica universe! So its kind of boring.Published 7 months ago by Gustav
What made listening to The Science of Battlestar Galactica the most enjoyable for me was the comparison of BSG to actual human life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Teresa
not fully as grabbing as i hoped, the print and build were ok. just not so much of the contentPublished 10 months ago by Dan Lear jr
If you are a BSG fan, this book is worth the time to read... cleared up a few things I had wondered about.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The word "science" comes before "Battlestar Galactica" in the title of this book, and I think that placement describes this book well. Read morePublished 12 months ago by NardiViews
Loved how the book explained why Battlestar Galactica choose bullets over lasers, as well as the thornier issues of the shows "unobtainium" known as tillium. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Darnell
Like reading a science book that you can understand. The letters after the authors names are impressive - they actually know what they are talking about.Published 14 months ago by Herbert E. Crawford
If you are even a more than a casual fan of Battlestar Galactica then this book is for you. Dijusto and Grasier really go into some detail as how this are and why. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. zuckerberg