25 January 2011
Battlestar Galactica Series Bible for download
There is a line about the mix of technological levels onboard the old battlestar, which was an defense against the Cylons hacking skills, and Moore says that it "forced" human beings to more involved in their technology, and not relay on the machines to do the work. Which reminds this Sci-fi geek of the society of the Dune books with the Butlerian Jihad, Mentats, and the Spacing Guild.
Moore wanted Galactica to be more akin to a Nimitz class than a Galaxy class, with all the grim dirty reality of living on a space-going combat aircraft carrier that could also be a semi-battleship...but he states that the fighters are the "real punch." With the tie between Galactica and the Nimitz is strengthen by Moore wanting the launching and recovery of Vipers not to be common place or easy, that there were many steps and manpower burning calories to drag a Viper starside.
I guess, Math classes are more serious in the 12 colonies!
In the history section, he mentions, that it might be a recurrent theme for the abandon of technology to "reboot" the civilization. Which, of course, happens. I have always wondered when Mr. Moore got the idea for the ending...
Then this brings us to the real change that BSG made over the vast majority of sci-fi series, showing real people with real problems. Unlike Star Trek were people had overcome greed, money, and drank synthehol, Moore wanted Galactica to show the reality of real people, and then he mined post-September 11th-America for ideas..."Our show is, first and foremost, a drama. It is about people."
This is a great read about the best science-fiction ever made...enjoy.