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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (15 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470399090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470399095
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The official guide to the science behind the Battlestar Galactica universe "If you′ve ever wondered what the frak happened to the science in science fiction, then this book is for you. Clear, funny, and told from an insider′s perspective, it′ll make any Battlestar fan′s spine glow red with joy. So say we all!" ––Phil Plait, creator of Bad Astronomy and host of Bad Universe "Finally, a guide to the science fiction—and, even more importantly, the science facts—surrounding the Battlestar Galactica saga. If you′re wondering what the BSG buzz is all about, or if you′re wondering about the real research into genetics, robotics, and faster–than–light travel, this is the book for you."—Alan Boyle, author of MSNBC.com′s Cosmic Log and The Case for Pluto Noteworthy for its grittiness and steadfast avoidance of flashy futuristic toys (they use wired phones, for frak′s sake!), Battlestar 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? But the reimagined Battlestar Galactica also has a lot to say about the use of science and technology today and in the not–so–distant future. In The Science of Battlestar Galactica, Wired magazine contributing editor Patrick Di Justo and BSG′s scientific advisor Kevin Grazier answer all the questions that have puzzled you ever since Admiral Adama issued his first command. They delve into questions about the nature of life—both flesh–and–blood and silicon–based; the effects of radiation—or how the Cylons could reoccupy Caprica after a few days, but not Earth after two thousand years; black holes, planets, and colonization; the principles behind the weapons and propulsion systems of Galactica; and much more. Best of all, the book features insights from some of the people closest to the production, including a foreword by BSG coexecutive producer Jane Espenson and an afterword by actor Richard Hatch. Filled with surprising details and background—including never–before–published information from show creator Ron Moore′s legendary BSG Series Bible—this fascinating book sheds new light on the universe of one of the most original and provocative science fiction series ever created.

About the Author

PATRICK DI JUSTO is a contributing editor for Wired and has written for Popular Science, Scientific American, New York Magazine, and the New York Times Circuits. KEVIN R. GRAZIER is the scientific advisor to Battlestar Galactica. He currently works at NASA′s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn; teaches astronomy, planetary science, and cosmology at UCLA and Santa Monica College.

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A must have for all fans of Battlestar Galactica and Science. Great book - although it is padded out with irrelevant photos of the cast from the show - if that weren't the case, then it would have 5 stars!
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By awatcheruk on 28 Aug 2011
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The book is good and a useful bokk to back up my Roleplaying campain.
with pleanty of discribtions on how things work with in the series.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lumley on 13 Jan 2012
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Realy enjoyed reading this book, its well written and easy to understand. It gives you insights into what would have worked in real life and what is pure science fiction. It explains things about the shows plot but its mostly about about the science of the show. Even a none fan of the show would learn a lot from this book. A realy good read highly recomended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hawkfiend on 29 Mar 2011
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If you are a fan of BSG and you have lingering unanswered questions then this is the book for you, incredibly well written and able to explain away any kind of scientific argument or doubt you may have with the series plot. I Feared that it may be difficult to read but it's written in a very witty and humerous manner so much so that its very difficult to put down. In summary it's frakkin excellent and you'll be desperatly looking for somebody to share your new found scientifc knowledge with!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By munchkinsraves on 8 Dec 2013
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As souveniers go... this book is great. However, there is a lot of physics, as in real science physics in it for my taste. I would have wanted to learn more of the show and a little less of the science...
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