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By Your Command: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Battlestar Galactica
By Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore
Volume II: 2003-2013
Telos Publishing 2015
RRP £15.99

Released 6 February 2015

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‘Grab your gun and bring in the cat... boom, boom, boom!’

Battlestar Galactica was one of the most successful telefantasy revivals of the early 2000s, gaining the approval of high-profile critics and a host of devoted fans, and continuing to inspire discussion and debate long after its final episode had aired.

 In this book, Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore use behind-the-scenes production material and in-depth analyses of screened episodes and draft scripts to trace the history of the reimagined series, from the never-made pilot for Bryan Singer’s proposed revival, to ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome’. They explore how reimagined Battlestar Galactica updated concepts introduced in the 1978 original series, producing a television programme which interweaves political and religious themes into the traditional space-opera format in a way which is relevant to the twenty-first century viewer.

Like the original series, reimagined Battlestar Galactica poses difficult questions about the legitimacy of war, the value of love, the perils of leadership and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

 With a foreword by Matthew Bennett, who played ‘Aaron Doral’, Cylon Number Five, in the reimagined series.

Critical Acclaim:

"The nice thing about the book is that the authors are patently fans, but not slavishly attached to hero worship the show. They do not expect the reader to agree with all their conclusions, but are able to construct a reasoned rational for their beliefs. I really liked the first volume and if anything Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore have constructed an even better version for the reimagined show. 10/10"

-Charles Packer,

"The quality of the writing here is well above average and, by the standards of unofficial fan literature, this book easily earns its place in the top drawer.... That the quality of the re-imagined ‘Battlestar Galactica’ varied from season to season is by no means matched by any variation in the quality of either volume of the ‘By Your Command’ books, which are thoughtful and well researched from start to finish. Highly recommended."


Interviews with the Authors:

Starburst Bookworm Podcast interviews Fiona Moore


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