Battlestar Galactica, by Glen A. Larson and Robert Thurston ISBN 0425074722
Four out of five stars
The appearance of the original television show “Battlestar Galactica” was one of great interest among the followers of science fiction. The opening episode had the humans undergoing a massive defeat at the hands of the Cylon machines, with only a few ships fleeing the wreckage. It was an exciting start to what turned out to be a disappointing run.
It is common practice for novelizations of such video events to be printed and I always enjoy them, for they are an opportunity to experience a fleshed out version of the story. You learn background material that simply could not appear in the video, sometimes due to time constraints but other times as a consequence of censorship restrictions.
For those reasons, this book is a joyful and in-depth journey into the background of the Colonies, the political machinations regarding the peace conference as well as the history of the Cylons. It solidifies and clarifies some of the points that were only nebulous in the movie. If you have an interest in the original “Battlestar Galactica,” then you will find this book well worth reading.