Battlestar Galactica

(United States | Sci-Fi | 2003 - 2009)

Battlestar Galactica
Series Background

Like the original 1970s version of Battlestar Galactica, this re-imagined series told the tale of the last remnants of humanity, who were searching for the lost planet of Earth after the twelve colonies were destroyed in a surprise attack by the Cylons. And that, it does have to be said, is very much where the similarities between the two versions end.

Whereas the original series has rightly been criticised for being pretty awful on just about every level imaginable, the new version was very much a post-9/11, hard-edged drama that took the basic premise of the original and turned it into an epic struggle for survival against unbelievable odds. And to up the paranoia level, this time around the Cylons came in twelve different human forms — not all of which were revealed at first — meaning that the enemy could be lurking (or spying) around every corner...

As could be expected, familiar characters like Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos), Colonel Tigh (Michael Hogan), Apollo (Jamie Bamber), Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), Boomer (Grace Park) and Dr Baltar (James Callis) were all present although, as may be noted, Starbuck and Boomer changed sex in the process of re-balancing the cast for a modern audience. In the case of Boomer, the changes went a little further, as she was unexpectedly revealed to be a Cylon at the conclusion of the original mini-series...

Unlike the 1970s series, Dr Baltar was a highly respected member of the crew (even being elected Vice President), although unknown to anyone else he had been tricked into giving the Cylons the information needed to launch their original attack. One Cylon in particular, known as Number Six (Tricia Helfer), was involved in a relationship with Baltar before the attacks, and after being killed was still haunting him, by mean unknown. The other main addition to the cast was President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), a junior member of the previous President's staff who ascended to the top job after the Cylon attack, and who was determined to lead the survivors to Earth, despite being terminally ill with breast cancer.

Declining ratings, and also a desire on the part of the production team to go out on a high, resulted in Season 4 (split into Seasons 4 and 5 on transmission) being announced as the final one, although a second TV movie in the shape of The Plan was broadcast later in the year.

A short-lived prequel to Battlestar Galactica, titled Caprica was launched in 2010, but ratings were too low for a second season to be commissioned. A pilot for a further Battlestar Galactica prequel titled Blood & Chrome was produced in 2011, but despite excellent reviews on its eventual broadcast and release, it wasn't to go any further.

Despite leaving television with more of a whimper than a bang, most people, including the critics, consider the revived Battlestar Galactica to be a first-rate piece of television drama and one which seems destined to be remembered as the first truly brilliant TV science fiction series of the 21st century.
Blu-ray / DVD Releases

All episodes of Battlestar Galactica have been released on Blu-ray and DVD.

In the UK the Complete Series box set contains the original mini-series, all four seasons plus the Razor TV movie.

In the United States, the Complete Series box set contains the original mini-series, all four seasons plus both Razor and The Plan.
Battlestar Galactica

by
Jeffrey Carver
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, Tor (2006)
Country United States
Format Hardback
Publisher Tor
Publication Date January 2006
Original Price $25.95
ISBN 0765315645

Battlestar Galactica is a novelisation of the mini-series that launched the re-make.

Back Cover Blurb
A NEW NOVEL BASED ON
THE SCI FI CHANNEL'S
BIGGEST HIT ORIGINAL SERIES EVER!


In 1978, Battlestar Galactica was born, inspired by the success of Star Trek and Star Wars. Now, reimagined by the brilliant Star Trek writer Ronald D. 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 Olmos 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 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
Other Editions
Cover image: Batlestar Galactica, Tor (2006) Battlestar Galactica
United States | Trade Paperback | Tor | January 2006 | $14.95 | 0765315416
Cover image: Batlestar Galactica, Tor (2006) Battlestar Galactica
United States | Paperback | Tor | July 2006 | $6.99 | 0765355167
Cover image: Batlestar Galactica, Gollancz (2007) Battlestar Galactica
UK | Paperback | Gollancz | January 2007 | 6.99 | 978-0575079656

"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

Battlestar Galactica electrified viewers and critics alike and was hailed as a landmark in sci-fi television. Here, for the first time, is the novel based on that exciting miniseries.

For forty years, the Twelve Colonies of Man were at peace, united since the war against the man-made Cylons. The Cylons, mechanical beings created to perform the manual labor civilization required, were gone forever... or so humanity thought.

But in those years, the Cylons developed new Cylons that looked and acted like humans, with one goal in mind: to destroy all humanity. When they suddenly attacked the Twelve Colonies, humanity's extinction seemed inevitable..

Only a single warship survived the massive attack: Battlestar Galactica, the oldest ship in the fleet, ready to be decomissioned and turned into a museum. Commander William Adama, himself set to retire, had but one course: to marshal the meager forces available. Adama's ragtag crew of misfits and green recruits must somehow keep the Cylons from wiping out the last vestiges of the human race.
Television Episode
Sci Fi | 240 Minutes | Colour

08/12/03 Battlestar Galactica Ronald D Moore and Christopher Eric James
Notes
  • A novelisation of the four-hour mini-series that led into the full television series from the US Sci-Fi Channel. The basic plot is based on Saga of a Star World, the three-hour opening episode of the original series which was novelised in 1978 by Robert Thurston as Battlestar Galactica.
  • This was the only novelisation based on the re-make of Battlestar Galactica to be released — the final three books from Tor were all original novels.
Battlestar Galactica: The Cylons' Secret

by
Craig Shaw Gardner
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, The Cylons' Secret, Tor (2006)
Country United States
Format Hardback
Publisher Tor
Publication Date August 2006
Original Price $25.95
ISBN 0765315785

The Cylons' Secret is an original novel.

Other Editions
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, The Cylons' Secret, Tor (2006) Battlestar Galactica: The Cylons' Secret
United States | Trade Paperback | Tor | August 2006 | $14.95 | 0765315793

SOMETIMES NO NEWS IS BAD NEWS

It's been twenty years since the end of the Cylon war. The twelve human colonies have been rebuilding, and the Cylons... the Cylons have been just too quiet. They are nowhere to be found. The robotic race that tried to obliterate its creators has gone to parts unknown in deep space.

The aftermath of the war has created a new, illegal profession: scavenger. Tom Zarek is one, scouring the outer settlements for valuable Cylon technologies and artifacts and usually returning empty-handed. But now he and the crew of the cruiser Lightning have found the Omega Station, a scientific station shrouded in secrecy beyond the edge of charted space. This is it, the big score; except something is wrong... the base is still occupied, not by humans, but by Cylons!

The Battlestar Galactica, one of the oldest warships in the fleet, receives the Lightning's distress call, a cryptic one-word message: "Cylons". William Adama, newly-promoted to second-in-command, is worried. Most of his crew are green, new recruits not prepared for anything but the most routine missions. And as Adama soon discovers, this mission is anything but routine. Omega is, indeed, full of Cylons but also something much more disturbing...

"Rapidly shaping up to be the most influential science fiction series since Babylon 5 and the original Star Trek."
TV Zone magazine
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, The Cylons' Secret, Tor (2007) Battlestar Galactica: The Cylons' Secret
United States | Paperback | Tor | March 2007 | $6.99 | 0765355175
Battlestar Galactica: The Cylons' Secret
UK | Paperback | Gollancz | July 2007 | 6.99 | 978-0575079663
The Cylons' Secret was the only one of the three original novels to be released in th UK.

The Cylons' Secret was also included in the Battlestar Galactica Trilogy omnibus.
Battlestar Galactica: Sagittarius is Bleeding

by
Peter David
Cover image: Batleskatr Galactica, Sagittarius is Bleeding, Tor (2006)
Country United States
Format Hardback
Publisher Tor
Publication Date October 2006
Original Price $25.95
ISBN 0765316056

Sagittarius is Bleeding is an original novel.

Other Editions
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, Sagittarius is Bleeding, Tor (2006) Battlestar Galactica: Sagittarius is Bleeding
United States | Trade Paperback | Tor | October 2006 | $14.95 | 0765316072

DESTINY'S DREAMS?

President Laura Roslin bears a heavy burden

Since becoming the president of the twelve human colonies when the Cylonc brutally attacked and destroyed all but a small remnant of humanity's billions, she has been the voice of civil authority, counterbalancing the military leadership of Commanda Adama of the Battlestar Galactica. President Roslin has been a source of inspiration to the tens of thousands who survive on Galactica and the other colonial ships. They look to her for honesty, integrity and courage. For fairness and an evenhanded rule. And most important, for the prophecy she has shared with them: Earth, the fabled home of the lost colony, can be found. She has seen this in a vision that has the power of truth.

Recently, though, the dreams have been darker, of a galaxy overrun by Cylons... Is she having visions of an inevitable future? Or are these terrible dreams caused by the powerful medication she's been taking? More dangerous, the Midguardians, radicals who believe that the end of humanity is coming soon, have learned of Roslin's dreams and taken them as a sign. Now the Midguardians prepare to act.

President Roslin faces the most important decision of her life. Should she tell Commander Adama about the Midguardians and risk being imprisoned again as a traitor, or dare she keep her secret and possibly endanger the future of the entire fleet?

"You don't have to love sci-fi to love Battlestar Galactica... a great TV series."USA Today

Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, Sagittarius is Bleeding, Tor (2007) Battlestar Galactica: Sagittarius is Bleeding
United States | Paperback | Tor | July 2007 | $6.99 | 0765355183

Sagittarius is Bleeding was also included in the Battlestar Galactica Trilogy omnibus.
Battlestar Galactica: Unity

by
Steven Harper
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, Unity, Tor (2007)
Country United States
Format Hardback
Publisher Tor
Publication Date April 2007
Original Price 0765316064
ISBN $25.95

Unity is an original novel.

Other Editions
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, Unity, Tor (2007) Battlestar Galactica: Unity
United States | Trade Paperback | Tor | April 2007 | $14.95 | 0765316080
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, Unity, Tor (2007) Battlestar Galactica: Unity
United States | Paperback | Tor | October 2007 | $7.99 | 0765355191

Unity was also included in the Battlestar Galactica Trilogy omnibus.
Battlestar Galactica: Trilogy

by
Peter David,
Craig Shaw Garner
and
Steven Harper
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, Trilogy, Tor (2009)
Country United States
Format Hardback
Publisher Tor
Publication Date January 2009
Original Price $27.95
ISBN 9780765323286

Trilogy is an omnibus of The Cylons' Secret, Sagitarrius is Bleeding and Unity.

Other Editions
Cover image: Battlestar Galactica, Trilogy, Tor (2009) Battlestar Galactica: Trilogy
United States | Trade Paperback | Tor | January 2009 | $14.95 | 978-0765323293
SECRET OUTPOSTS,
PROPHETIC DREAMS,
AND A BATTLW TO STOP
A DEADLY CYLON VIRUS
Battlestar Galactica, recognized as one of the most provocative and socially relevant series of the new millennium, earned its status as a classic American drama series after its very first, Peabody Award-winning season. Here, for the first time in one volume, are all three original Battlestar Galactica novels — based on the highly lauded TV series that took the country by storm.

Each of these three novels has the intense pace and intertwining, multiplot style of the popular SCI FI Channel TV series.

In The Cylons' Secret by Craig Shaw Gardner, a ship, scavenging the outer settlements for valuable Cylon technologies after the first human-Cylon war, stumbles on a supersecret scientific outpost beyond charted space. Mere hours later, Battlestar Galactica receives a one-word distress call from the scavenging ship: "Cylons," causing the young Colonel William Adama to investigate.

Sagittarius Is Bleeding by Peter David concerns President Laura Roslin, whose prophetic dreams have infused her people with hope that they will find Earth, humanity's cradle. But her new dreams of a galaxy overrun by the Cylons disturb her even as they energize an extremist political group. The threat of violent revolt puts Roslin at personal risk and endangers the fleet.

In Unity by Steven Harper, Peter Attis, a rock star adored by all the fleet, including Starbuck, has recently been rescued from a Cylon prison ship. But after his first postreturn concert, crewmembers are stricken by a strange malady that threatens to lay the fleet open to Cylon attack.