Bat­tlestar Galac­tica Vault

Com­pre­hen­sive Colo­nial com­pen­dium

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Books - Ian Berriman

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174 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: Paul Ru­di­tis Pub­lisher: Aurum Press

Cov­er­ing both the 1978 se­ries and the gritty 21st cen­tury reimag­in­ing ( as well as the var­i­ous spin- offs), this worth­while over­view charts the his­tory of that rag- tag fleet’s search for Earth, from pro­ducer Glen A Lar­son’s con­cept for a show called Adam’s Ark right up to the can­cel­la­tion of Caprica.

At­trac­tively il­lus­trated, it draws heav­ily on con­cept art – in­clud­ing plenty of ’ 70s sketches by Ralph McQuar­rie. There are some real treats here, like the Cen­tu­rion de­signs which re­veal a reptilian head hid­den un­der that shiny hel­met. Ten neat re­mov­able re­pro­duc­tions can be found tucked away in wallets on the inside cov­ers.

Fans of the orig­i­nal may feel a lit­tle short- changed, given that au­thor Paul Ru­di­tis dashes through the story of its pro­duc­tion in just 36 pages – though he does re­turn to the era later on, in a rather heavy- go­ing survey of the mythol­ogy of the Twelve Colonies. The use of dou­ble- spaced text through­out is also a lit­tle pe­cu­liar, and a few snaps of vin­tage mer­chan­dise might have added a fun fac­tor.

Still, this is a book with its fair share of trea­sures, and the text makes good use of fresh – and of­ten frank – in­ter­views with lat­ter- day pro­duc­ers Ron­ald D Moore and David Eick.

“Adama” is He­brew for Earth, while “Kobol” is an ana­gram of Kolob, “the star clos­est to God” in the Mor­mon re­li­gion.

A clas­sic Ralph McQuar­rie Viper. A chimp called Evie was inside ro­botic dog Muf­fit.

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