The Science of Battlestar Galactica

The official guide to the science behind the Battlestar Galactica universeBattlestar 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 mThe official guide to the science behind the Battlestar Galactica universeBattlestar 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 shows 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.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 detectorFeatures behind the scenes anecdotes, quotes from the BSG Series Bible, and over 60 photosIncludes 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 seriesCo written by BSG s scientific advisor and a Wired contributing editorPacked with must know details and scientific background, this thought provoking book will help you see Battlestar Galactica as never before.
The Science of Battlestar Galactica The official guide to the science behind the Battlestar Galactica universeBattlestar Galactica BSG has been called the best show on television and as real as science fiction gets It has dealt with is

  • Title: The Science of Battlestar Galactica
  • Author: Patrick Di Justo Kevin R. Grazier
  • ISBN: 9780470399095
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Science of Battlestar Galactica”

    1. As "Science Of" books go, this one was better than most. Given that entire books could be made out of each chapter and still not exhaust the topics, the authors did an admirable job of boiling down the concepts to their essence and giving some firm scientific backing and theoretical speculation on the science side of this particular science-fiction showG did a lot in the way of research in an attempt to make the science at least plausible, without making the story the slave to the science. As is [...]

    2. It feels really strange to be giving this book 5 stars. After all, tie-in products usually come across as "shovelware" - a product with the logo just meant to separate the fan from his money.That's exactly what I was expecting when I opened up the pages of this one. What I got instead is Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything with Battlestar references. The authors explore anthropology, chemistry, medicine, physics, astronomy, military theory first, and tie it into Battlestar second. [...]

    3. Ever wondered how things work in the BSG universe? Well this book has all the answers from the official science adviser for the show. Every fan should pick this up and delve down deeper into the inner workings. Do not read this if you have not watched all of the show, as nearly every spoiler is covered.

    4. I'm marking this book as "read" even though I haven't finished it, because it's more of a reference book than a book that you read straight through. For my "official" review of it, check out the write-up I did over at Tor:tor/blogs/2011/01/revi

    5. This book talked about the science in Battlestar Galactica not only how it worked on the show but how it would work (or wouldn't work) in the real world. Very fascinating book and even though I am not a science or math whiz I could understand it. If you are a BSG fan I would recommend this book.

    6. A highly educational book, peppered with pictures of the cast of BSG. A lot of TIL moments, in fields from astronomy to physics to genetics to computing.___Like all good science fiction, Battlestar Galactica takes us millions of miles away from Earth for the sole purpose of letting us turn around to see ourselves from a different perspective.Chimpanzees, and all the great apes, are almost certainly sentient. They will realise that the ape in the mirror is actually itself, unlike dogs and cats. M [...]

    7. I think 2.5 stars would be a better rating. It's slightly geared more towards a science "newb," but still offered new information. It's written in a glib style that mostly flows well, but it's two main problems are as follows:1) "Moore's Law/The Laws of BSG" : The book helpfully points out that Ron Moore made a conscious choice *not* to explain how things worked in the BSG universe as he didn't want the techno babble to impinge on the drama. I'm dumb enough not to have picked up on this having w [...]

    8. "Excellent Physics Lesson 4.0 Based on BSG!"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 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! My favorite characters are the ones who created the Cylons. What I like about Tom Dheere’s performance is that he keeps a steady pace while speaking th [...]

    9. I normally don't venture into nonfiction that's not related to my area of study, but I figured, it's BSG, so why not. Overall, I enjoyed the book and found the author's sense of humor and dry wit a welcome addition to potentially boring subject matter. I found that I learned a lot about astronomy and many other scientific topics that I would never read about in any other circumstance, but the explanations, equations, and terminology still fell considerably beyond my knowledge and interest. Parts [...]

    10. The Science of Battlestar Galactica offers clear explanation and discussion of some of the technology and scientific concepts from the show - everything from starship propulsion and navigation to Cylon physiology. The book includes many photos, both publicity shots of the cast and stills from the show but in most cases these are only peripherally related, if at all, to the topic being discussed making the book feel 'padded' at times.

    11. Did you know that Chaucer was reputedly the first author to include the words "Milky Way" in literature? And that the 12 Colonies invented a line of antibiotics based of mucus? You'll learn all these in- and out-of-universe facts in this super fun, super informative book that takes a look at all aspects of the science of the show Battlestar Galactica. The series will always have a special place in my heart, and this book brought back a lost of the memories.

    12. You must like science but you'll still enjoy this book even if you don't like Battlestar Galactica. The science behind the sci-fi in this book is really dense, I loved it. I also like Battlestar, but found really cool insights into all the sci-fi I love on TV and movies.My only disappointment is the scientific inaccuracies revealed from Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall. It's like finding out about Santa all over again.

    13. An excellent, clever, and informative supplement to what is, in my opinion, the greatest show on television.

    14. Faszinierend, wieviel Gedanken sich die Autoren von BSG gemacht haben. Auch wenn es weitgehened nach Moore’s Law (It’s only a show. Enjoy it) ging, stand vieles auf soliden wissenschaftlichen Füßen.

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