Bat­tlestar Galac­tica Vault

For­get Star Wars – TV’s Bat­tlestar Galac­tica has al­ways been the best epic sci-fi fran­chise, as this book ex­plains

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Au­thor Paul Ru­di­tis at­tlestar Galac­tica tells of the strug­gle be­tween hu­mans and evil robots known as the Cy­lons. The story was vi­su­alised as a popular TV se­ries in 1978, and was re­booted in 2003 as an in­no­va­tive, almost doc­u­men­tary-style ex­pe­ri­ence. The Bat­tlestar Galac­tica Vault takes a look at the tale of the two se­ries.

Ev­ery bit as im­por­tant as Star Wars in bring­ing sci­ence-fic­tion to a main­stream au­di­ence, the orig­i­nal se­ries was nonethe­less de­rided by

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Avail­able Now crit­ics who com­pared it to George Lu­cas’ block­buster at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. Star Wars and Bat­tlestar Galac­tica shared con­cept artist Ralph McQuar­rie and ef­fects guru John Dykstra, and it has to be said there are sim­i­lar­i­ties in the space­ship de­signs.

The majority of the book, though, is ded­i­cated to the well-re­ceived re­boot, and its 2010 spin-off Caprica. Bat­tlestar Galac­tica was por­trayed as a grit­tier and more re­al­is­tic tale, us­ing hand­held cam­era work and a cast of largely un­known character ac­tors to bring the uni­verse to life. And this ap­proach to film­ing was suc­cess­fully re­flected in the de­sign work.

The Vault is a let­ter of love from au­thor Paul Ru­di­tis to Bat­tlestar Galac­tica, and it’s pep­pered with fas­ci­nat­ing be­hind-the-scenes shots and con­cept art that bring the story of the se­ries to life. It’s a per­fect com­pan­ion to a rein­ves­ti­ga­tion of both the charm­ingly retro orig­i­nal se­ries and its ground-break­ing re­vi­sion.

One of a se­ries of con­cepts for the reimag­ined Bat­tlestar Galac­tica.

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