By Glen A. Larson and Robert Thurston
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing, paperback edition,
published January 1987)
Apollo, Sheba, and Croft are trapped on the
planet Yevra, forced to fight in a decades-old war whose origins
are lost in time.
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Notes from the BSG chronology
The details in this novel tell us that the story takes place
some time after
On page 6, Croft, who harbors a romantic
interest in Sheba, muses on the fact that he had heard that she
and Apollo had been an item for a brief time. This and other
moments in the novel suggest that they are no longer
romantically linked, with Apollo still mourning Serina. Sheba,
however, maintains her interest in him.
Pages 6-7 remind us that Croft is now the
commander of the prison barge, a reward from Commander Adama (as
we first learned in
Chameleon!) for his heroism during the events of
"The Gun on Ice
Planet Zero" 2-parter.
Page 7 states that it has been a long while
since the fleet has been able to refuel and restock supplies.
This suggests it has been some time since the events of
The Nightmare Machine,
since the fleet was able to restock at the planet Vaile at that
Page 8 states that Apollo is the flight
coordinator for Galactica.
Pages 9 and 21 describe the look
of the alien called, simply, Sarge.
He is a bipedal lizard-like
being with a slash of a mouth
and only four fingers on each
hand. However, the cover
painting of the book depicts him
with a fairly normal-looking
mouth and five fingers.
Page 32 reveals that there is already a
legend within the fleet that Commander Cain will return in a
magical iridescent ship and lead them all to the fabled planet
It is not explained in the novel how the
different aliens unwillingly conscripted into the Army of the
Rightful Destiny are able
to understand each other. Possibly the belts they wear contain
some kind of universal translation device, though later in the
novel Apollo has his removed, yet is still able to understand
everyone around him.
Page 57 reveals that Apollo likes to refer
to the Council of Twelve as the dozen deadbeats. This would
suggest that his father, Adama, as president of the Council, is not
counted as one of
the twelve council members as well.
Croft explains to Xiomara on page 57 that
Capricans (like Apollo) are logical and calm, but have a fierce
temper if you can bring it out of them. Scorpians (like Croft
himself) are devious, cynical, crafty, and difficult to get
Page 63 reveals that a so-called prophecy
has spread through the fleet via printed pamphlets that most of
the people currently in the fleet would not reach Earth, but
only their later generations.
On page 71, Barra tells the assembled
conscripts, "You're in the army now." This may be a reference by
the author to the 1940 song "You're in the
Army Now" by Abe Lyman and his Californians.
Page 77 suggests that it is sometimes said
on the Galactica, in reference to Starbuck's
phenomenal luck, that he could find a daggit hair in a pile of
In order to keep the planet's troops inspired to keep
thinking about things beyond the war they've been conditioned to
fight, Apollo tells a made-up story on pages 96-100. The story
seems to have some similarities to the events of
"Ape and Essence" and
"Forbidden Fruit", i.e. the
fleet stops at what seems to be an uninhabited planet to search
for food; some very nutritious fruit is found and picked; and a
tribe of gigantic, humanoid cave-dwellers gives them trouble,
kidnapping members of the ground party.
On page 101, Croft asks Apollo if he
remembers when they "climbed that mountain to get at that Cylon
gun." This is a reference to the events of
"The Gun on Ice
Planet Zero" Part 2.
Hera, the Vailean cadet who was introduced
returns in this novel.
Page 107 reveals that Cassiopeia is the one
who broke off the relationship with Starbuck. It also states
that the two had come close to going through the sealing
Page 125 reveals that it is said among the
crew of the Galactica that Commander Adama's voice could please
a demon or agitate an angel.
While recording his log on page 125, Adama
comments that the planet discovered by Starbuck from which the
fleet is currently gathering needed raw materials, has become
known as "Starbuck's planet". This may be a subtle reference to
Galactica 1980 episode
"The Return of Starbuck" in
which Starbuck names the desert planet on which he's stranded
Adama also remarks in the same log entry
that dissenters within the fleet have made their usual demands
to end the search for Earth and settle on this latest planet
instead. This supports events in issues of the Realm Press BSG
comic book series (though unintentionally since this novel was
decade before the Realm Press comics).
On page 140, Giles accuses Jolly and
Greenbean of always agreeing with each other. This goes in hand
with the statement in
The Nightmare Machine
that they are buddies (and wingmates).
On page 142, Hera proposes that they let
down the observation seat in Starbuck's Viper so she can
accompany him on his search for Apollo. Is there really room in
a standard Viper for an extra seat?
On page 159, Commander Adama states, "Nobody
Adama and Starbuck seal their deal on how to
conduct and end the search for Apollo with a Kobolian handshake
on page 159, described as "a fairly complicated ritual which
began when the elder offered both his hands thumbs up and
On page 160, communications between Vipers
is referred to as the interViper commline.
Chapter 25 features BSG70's only appearance
of Commander Adama piloting a Viper and reliving his youthful days as a
fighter pilot (though he does so once again in the apocryphal
Galactica 1980 comic book mini-series published by
Dynamite Entertainment in 2009).
On page 181, Apollo reminds Croft of the
time the former criminal saved Boxey on Tairac. This is a
reference to The Cylon Death Machine, the novelization
"The Gun on Ice
Planet Zero" 2-parter. The moment discussed here is not
depicted in the televised episodes.
On page 188, Apollo remembers the time he
seemed to die. This is presumably a reference to the episode
"War of the Gods" Part 2.
On page 196, Xiomara tells Apollo she's
learned her husband's last assignment from the records of the
Army of the Rightful Destiny and plans to go look for him. If she found those records,
wouldn't they also state his last known status
(dead/missing/captured, etc.) and date of last contact with his
superiors? She had previously been told that he had already been
killed in action.
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