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Summary

The official guide to the science behind the Battlestar Galactica universe.

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?

While the re-imagined BSG may not be packed with cool techie tools (the bad guys don't even have laser guns for frak's sake!), this book explains that the science in the series has a lot to say about the use of science and technology in our lives today.

What are the principles behind artificial gravity and sublight propulsion? Are Cylons men or machines? How are humanoid Cylons able to interface with computers? By tackling these and other intriguing questions, The Science of Battlestar Galactica takes us billions of miles away from Earth so that we can turn around and see ourselves from a different perspective.

The book tackles fans' most pressing BSG questions, from how an FTL drive might work to how the 12 colonies of Kobol could co-exist, to the principles behind Gaius Baltar's Cylon-detector. Featured are behind-the-scenes anecdotes and quotes from the BSG Series Bible. Included is a foreword by BSG co-executive producer, Jane Espenson, and an afterword by actor Richard Hatch, who played Tom Zarek in the reimagined series and Captain Apollo in the classic series.

Co-written by BSG's scientific advisor and a Wired contributing editor.

Packed with must-know details and scientific background, this thought-provoking book will help you see Battlestar Galactica as never before.

©2011 Universal City Studios Productions LLLP (P)2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • Wes
  • 21-09-12

All the dirt on the how and why of BSG

The Science of Battlestar Galactica gives the science savvy BSG fan an insiders look into the research and development that went into the making of the re-imagined series as well as a plethora of comparisons to our life, planet and star system. Excellent listen.

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  • Geoffery L. Williams
  • 03-12-15

awesome info on an a awesome show

Smart writing is key for great television.

This book gives everything you could possibly want to know about the"nuts and bolts" of writing BSG and the reason behind the science of doing it the way it was done. It was a long shot from where the show came from in the first place.
If you are a fan of of this series then you will want this book.

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  • bailey
  • 07-06-15

Great book to fall asleep to

Too monotoned I think u could have taken any tv show or movie, especially sci fi and had the same book

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  • Teresa
  • 04-07-14

Excellent Physics Lesson 4.0 Based on BSG!

What made the experience of listening to The Science of Battlestar Galactica the most enjoyable?

What made listening to The Science of Battlestar Galactica the most enjoyable for me was the comparison of BSG to actual human life. ARE we we creating our own Cylons like Frankenstein? Sentient is another word for consciousness or the ability to be aware of oneself. This audiobook was full of greatness!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite characters are the ones who created the Cylons.

What about Tom Dheere’s performance did you like?

What I like about Tom Dheere’s performance is that he keeps a steady pace while speaking that I can keep up with. He has great flow.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book however I did really enjoy all the BSG information.

Any additional comments?

"It's just a show I should really just relax." I really enjoyed this book.I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Kelly
  • 24-02-12

Step 1: Insult Your Audience

What was most disappointing about Patrick Di Justo and Kevin Grazier ’s story?

I was really looking forward to this book but in the first few minutes the authors go on and on about how secondary science was on BSG and how they were fine with that *and* how annoying it was when they had to

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