You say you want to know more about Battlestar Galactica? By your command.
If you grew up in the 1970s, you can probably recite the narration that greeted viewers each week as they tuned in to Glen A. Larson’s Battlestar Galactica: “There are those who believe that life here began out there…” The series lasted for only a single season, yet it earned its place among the most beloved science-fiction shows of all time. Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the Galactica crew led a ragtag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest—a shining planet known as Earth—and viewers eagerly awaited each new chapter. Sadly, bad studio decisions led to too many changes for the second season, Galactica 1980, and the show was unceremoniously canceled, fading into obscurity.
In 2003, Ronald Moore revived Galactica as a miniseries that spawned a new TV show spanning four seasons, several films and webisodes, and a short-lived spinoff, Caprica. The series proved hugely popular, breathing new life into the once-niche franchise. Moore’s BSG successfully accomplished something few reboots of classic TV shows have managed to do: surpass the original in scope and longevity. Like the Cylons, Galactica evolved.
The mythos is larger than what happened on screen, however. Numerous publishers have continued the Colonials’ adventures. Marvel Comics, Grandreams, Maximum Press, Realm Press, Dynamite, and Tokyopop have all produced comic books, while Britain’s Look-In and France’s Télé-Junior magazines published weekly comic strips. Ace / Berkley, Pocket, and Tor, meanwhile, offered up novelizations and original novels. If the filmed stories were all you knew, there’s a lot more out there waiting to be discovered. (Click here for a complete index of titles.)
Somewhere Beyond the Heavens: Exploring Battlestar Galactica examines the entire
mythos, both televised and published, from a wide range of viewpoints. This anthology
features insightful, analytical essays about the franchise’s long history, penned by
popular comic historians, novelists, bloggers, and subject-matter experts. You say you
want to know more about Battlestar Galactica? So say we all.
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