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Finding "Battlestar Galactica": an Unauthorized Guide Paperback – 16 Oct 2008


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Writing is the way I experience the world. I was one of those kids who enjoyed English class and wrote poems during recess. I wrote plays in which my younger brother and I provided all the voices. (He grew up to be a writer, too.) As a master's and doctoral student, I turned to technical communication as my writing outlet, but, after writing several books and even more training guides, I returned to my first love: popular culture. In the past decade, I've written about television series (LOST, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes) and films (especially The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). In my time away from being a humanities and communications professor, I am a contributing editor for online popular culture magazine PopMatters, where I write a monthly film/television column, Deep Focus. My most recent book takes me in yet another direction within popular culture: celebrity studies. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching or listening to Benedict Cumberbatch's work in film, theatre, radio, and television. I hope you'll like my analysis of his work (Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition: An Unauthorised Performance Biography) as much as I enjoyed studying this talented actor's career.

Writing also has been the catalyst for trips around the world, sometimes for book signings, more often for research, and always for pleasure. In the past year I've had the good fortune to talk, however briefly, with directors (Peter Jackson, Danny Boyle) at events surrounding the premiere of their latest films and to chat with actors, some who agreed to be interviewed for Deep Focus. I traced Bilbo Baggins' cinematic steps in New Zealand and visited 221B Baker Street in London. I saw as many plays and films as I could cram into my schedule. I worked in film or theatre archives and libraries. Every day I write about what I see or learn, and much of it becomes a chapter, column, or blog entry.

I revel in the acts of research and writing, and I hope that the words I've written somewhere, at some time, may have given you something to think about or enjoy.

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Lynnette Porter is an associate professor in humanities in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She lives in Daytona, Florida. David Lavery is the author of nine books, including studies of Twin Peaks, The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Hillary Robson is an independent scholar and author.

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BSG Fans Will Love This 22 July 2010
By Christopher Mayo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Given that I'm a fan of BSG in its various incarnations (the original, Galactica 1980, Ron Moore's Galactica, comic book adaptations, etc.), the only way I would not have enjoyed Finding Battlestar Galactica: An Unauthorized Guide is if it had been written invisible ink.

Still, I think even less enthusiastic fans will be pleased with the content. The book works so well, because the authors really know their stuff, and are passionately (obsessively?) interested in BSG. You can be sure that somewhere in the more than 250 pages, with the authors' knowledgeable insights, the interviews, and the behind-the-scenes glimpses into BSG, you'll get your money's worth out of the book.

My only complaint is that they wrote the book before the series ended. How sad that they couldn't comment on the entire production. It is very unsatisfying in places (sort of like analyzing Romeo and Juliet without knowing how that story ends), and I do hope the authors consider writing a more definitive guide some time in the future.
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A few essays tend toward the tedious, but there's some frakkin' interesting material here - ... 17 Aug 2014
By technicat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A few essays tend toward the tedious, but there's some frakkin' interesting material here - history of the old and new BSG's, study of the writing and camera work in this "naturalistic" sci-fi, a few interviews, James Olmos' face, and a listing of the various ending production logos in which creators Eick and Moore take turns maiming each other. Whedon fans will appreciate the copious references to Buffy, Angel and Firefly, not to mention the essay dedicated to Buffy writer Jane Espenson, now full time on BSG.
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