By Richard Hatch and Brad Linaweaver
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing, paperback edition,
published June 2004)
Discovering that many of the hastily rebuilt
ships will be incapable of making the continued deep space voyage
after their stay on Paradis, the fleet is forced to leave them
behind, along with 800 human members.
Notes from the BSG chronology
References in the book place it immediately after the events of
The back cover of the book suggests that the
fleet stayed at Paradis for 2 yahrens in
Paradis. But that novel
itself makes it sound like a number of months, but still less
than a yahren.
The back cover of the book also describes
Starbuck's and Cassiopeia's love as "unrequited", but that means
"not returned" and this does not exactly describe their
relationship. They do love each other and have demonstrated this
together many times over the yahrens. They have just not been
built for a permanent relationship thus far.
The back cover and copyright page of the
book give conflicting information on the cover designer. The
back cover says the cover designer was Raul Carvajal, but the
copyright page says Jay Vita.
The concept of the Cylons being inside
Baltar's head, almost driving him mad, may have been later
borrowed by Ron Moore for the Baltar character in BSG2000.
Page 7 reveals that Apollo's son, Koren
(adopted between the events of
Paradis), is now a teenager.
Presumably he turned 13 during the time the fleet was resting at
Paradis because he seemed to presented younger in that previous
On page 11, the exodus from the Twelve
Colonies is actually referred as "the Exodus".
On page 16, Athena reflects that it seemed
as if the children of the Colonies had been the primary targets
of the Cylons in the sneak attack in
"Annihilation", because children represent the future of the
Throughout the novel,
the amount of time the fleet as been fleeing the Colonies goes
back-and-forth from 25 to 30 yahrens. And this is yet
different from the
figure as stated in the earliest couple of Hatch novels, about 18.5
yahrens (maybe 20 yahrens now if the figure of 2 years on
Paradis is accepted). Personally, I think the shorter time
periods in all cases make more sense.
Page 27 suggests that Bojay is known as the
Magician in his work as a Viper repair engineer.
On page 29, Starbuck compares the Council
meeting with eating some "tasty mucoid mugjapes."
mugjapes as being similar to maggots and "mucoid" means "slimy"
or "sticky" in the glossary of the Hatch novels, so Starbuck is
obviously being sarcastic in using the adjective "tasty".
On page 30, Boomer reflects on having known
Starbuck for 30 yahrens.
Page 35 mentions the Council meeting being
carried throughout the fleet via musiclinks and TransVids.
According to the Hatch glossary, these are similar to radio and
Coming to the realization that some people
will have to be left behind since about 1/3 of the ships will
not be able to make the three light-year journey to the next
planet on the map, the choices of which members must stay behind
comes to be known as the Great Selection.
Cain's second daughter, Rhaya (introduced in
Paradis), returns for this novel.
Page 53 reveals that Starbuck doesn't care
about finding Earth so much as defeating the Cylons.
Page 53 also mentions Starbuck's "near-death
experience" at Kobol and his encounter with the Light Ships (in
Resurrection). I'm not
"near-death experience" is the correct term to use considering
he actually did die (and was later brought back to life by
the Beings of Light)!
Page 66 reveals that Tigh is also aware of
Apollo's secret chamber in the Commander's quarters.
Page 69 implies that Sire Rigginbok of the
Council of Twelve secretly worships the slime god of Nerglahd.
Nerglahd has not been mentioned in BSG before or since.
The back cover of the book states that 1/3
of the fleet must be left behind. On page 77, Apollo announces
that 15 ships have been determined to be unfit for a deep-space
voyage. If 15 ships is supposed to be 1/3 of the fleet, then the
fleet was only at 45 ships (now 30)! This does not tally with
descriptions of the fleet in the previous novels implying a
higher number, even with an
unknown number of ships having been lost in recent battles. On
the following page, Apollo states the abandonment of these
vessels will involve leaving 800
On page 78, Apollo mentions the use of new
telematic sensors. Presumably these were invented during the
fleet's stay at Paradis. "Telematic" is simply a term for the
use of technology to transmit information over long distances.
On page 80, Apollo declares martial law on
the fleet when the Council tries to exempt itself from
consideration in being among the fleet members left behind.
Once again, the continuity between the
novels (and even the TV series) takes a beating! During Baltar's
"dream" discussion with the Imperious Leader on pages 83-90,
Count Iblis and his followers are described as having been
exiled to Kobol instead from it. There, they discovered
primitive reptilian natives upon whom Iblis began to perform
genetic engineering to breed them into the finest warriors in
the universe, combined with human DNA to make them somewhat more
Resurrection, Iblis was
described as having been exiled to Cylon, where he found the
reptilians, which certainly makes more sense.
Page 85 reveals that during their exile,
Count Iblis developed his followers into his own religion with
himself as almost a god.
On page 85, Imperious Leader reminds Baltar
of the time the human fleet was nearly out of fuel and the
Cylons were close to destroying them with Baltar's help, until
the Pegasus under Commander Cain came to the rescue. This is a
reference to the events of the 2-part episode
"The Living Legend".
Page 86 reveals that the pure, reptilian
Cylons seek to eliminate not only humans, but also all traces of
human DNA from the Cylon species itself.
Page 87 reveals that the pure, reptilian
Cylons have developed their own 3-brained leader, analogous to
the Imperious Leader. They call theirs the Alpha Leader and some
have even taken to derogatively referring to the Imperious
Leader as Omega Leader (as in the last of his kind).
On page 88, Imperious Leader tells Baltar
the Cylons now have an immensely powerful ray weapon which can
be directed through a space-time warp to other parts of the
galaxy to destroy entire worlds. He claims this is what they
have done to cause Paradis to destroy itself.
On page 89, Baltar begins to believe he has
spent so much time trapped in his nightmarish dream state that
he could no longer tell a mugjape from an ogliv. As mentioned
earlier in the study, a mugjape is a maggot-like insect. An
ogliv is a sweet, prickly-skinned fruit according to the Hatch
On page 91, Apollo tells Athena and Tigh,
"Let the word go forth to every man, woman, and child that their
vote counts for something..." The beginning of the sentence is
the same as that used by Adama at the end of
"Annihilation" in declaring that they will gather
survivors of the Twelve Colonies and flee elsewhere to escape
the Cylons: "Let the word go forth to every man, woman
and child who survived this holocaust. Tell them to set sail at
once in every assorted vehicle that will carry them."
On page 93, Ryis lights up a fumarello and
enjoys the nicotine flooding his system. In
"Maytoria" it's implied that "ticophine"
is the Colonial word for nicotine.
On page 96, Gar'Tokk is playing a game in
the rec room with another Noman named H'Mal. H'Mal also appeared
On page 97, Gar'Tokk explains to Koren that
the gambling game he'd been playing was invented by H'Mal and
was called veyguhs. Obviously, this is a play on "Vegas", as in
the U.S. city and gambling mecca known as Las Vegas.
Page 102 describes word of the latest
council meeting travelling at nearly 186,000 miles per second.
This is a reference to the speed of light, which is, rounded
186,000 miles per second (actual figure closer to 186,282 miles
Starting in Chapter 11 and throughout the
rest of the book, Sire Rigginbok is referred to as Sire Riggbok.
On page 104, Sire Uri refers to the civilian
patriots who always side with Commander Apollo as "nova-bums".
Page 105 reveals that Cassiopeia's baby has
Page 105 also refers to Cassie's baby boy as
her only child. This is obviously not true, as Dalton is the
daughter of her and Starbuck.
Page 108 has Apollo leaving his quarters to
go to his father's secret sanctuary. But the sanctuary has
always been described as located within the Commander's
Page 109 reveals that Adama left a series of
hologram recordings in the computer in the sanctuary, programmed
to play for Apollo during critical junctures of the fleet's
journey, even though Adama should have had no way of knowing
when those would occur. Yet, the advice and knowledge imparted
on those occasions is uncannily appropriate for the situation.
On page 112, one of the fleet's civilians
seems to have two names instead of just one, Da'veed Lindsay.
On page 113, Lindsay quotes the great
council member Sire DeChancie back on the home worlds as saying,
"Life becomes a drawn out struggle to defend a Castle perilous."
The Sire's name and his reference to "a Castle perilous" is likely a
nod by Linaweaver to the author of the Castle Perilous
series of fantasy books by John DeChancie. Given this, it is
possible the character Da'veed Lindsay is a reference to
Scottish author David Lindsay (1876-1945), best known for his
1920 philosophical science-fiction novel, A Voyage to
Arcturus. Another character in the same scene called
Etoohey may be a reference to yet another author, but I'm not
sure who (non-fiction authors David E. Toohey or Richard E.
Toohey are possibilities).
In the party-like atmosphere of people
choosing to celebrate life before the results of the lottery
come in on page 120, Sire Uri observes, in horror, some young
people using cubits to light fumarellos. On the TV series,
cubits were always presented as gold-colored coins, but it is
logical to assume that something like paper money also exists
within the fleet.
This book seems to refer to the celestial
chamber (first introduced in "The
Hand of God") as the star chamber. But, it's described as
rather large, not small as in the episode, and is said to be
located near the bridge and command center, not near the engines
as in the earlier episode.
Later, in "Journey's End" Part 1,
Commander Apollo records in his journal that the original
celestial chamber of the Galactica was
destroyed during a battle with the Cylons "7 yahrens ago" (about
4 or 5 yahrens before this story); he had it rebuilt and the
chamber as presented in
"Journey's End" Part 1 is quite a bit larger than the one
seen in originally in the aforementioned episode; possibly
Apollo simply ordered a larger version of the original
constructed, possibly to allow more visitors inside at once.
Page 196 infers that the star chamber is the
same room as the Commander's sanctuary (which is supposed to be built into
Adama's quarters, as revealed way back in
When Baltar finally awakens from his
coma-like sleep, he tells Apollo that he believes that
Imperious Leader is allowing the human fleet to survive and
continue its quest in order to track them to the location of the
Thirteenth Tribe, part of the original race of humanity that
exiled Count Iblis. Iblis wanted revenge against them and
therefore the Cylons do, too.
After fighting down both civilians and
renegade Council security forces with their bare knuckles on
page 168, Starbuck and Boomer are referred to as the "dynamic
duo". This may be a reference to the DC Comics characters Batman
and Robin, who themselves are frequently referred to
colloquially as the Dynamic Duo.
In a letter to her mother, Rhaya reveals her
name has been drawn in the lottery as one of the people to be left behind. She urges her mother to
remain in the fleet with her sister, Elke, only 6 yahrens old.
Is Elke also a daughter of Commander Cain? Or does she have a
different father? Also, though the sentence in the letter is
vague, Rhaya may have a lesbian lover named Retime.
Page 174 reveals that, though Imperious
Leader has tortured Baltar with the Cylon mind link, Baltar's
mind has also infected the Leader's.
Page 176 reveals that Imperious Leader has a
graveyard of enemy spaceships (human and otherwise) orbiting the
sun of a lifeless system. He looks at images of the ships and
the frozen carcasses of crew aboard to give himself a little pep-up now and then.
On page 181, Sire Opis puts in "his two
cubits worth". This is obviously a reference to the English
colloquialism, "two cents worth".
On page 184, Baltar laments his increasing
hallucinations of another Baltar visiting him and of other
worlds appearing around him, thinking, Every day, in every
way, it was getting worse. This phrase is a twist on the
Coué method expression, "Every day, in every way, I'm
getting better and better," from the work of French psychologist
Émile Coué (1857-1926).
Page 192 reveals that Commander Cain had a
rare blood type and his daughters, Sheba and Rhaya, have it as
The holographic recordings of Adama that
present themselves to Apollo in the sanctuary and answer his
questions are similar to those of Jor-El which answer his son
Superman's questions in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie.
This book several times mentions the
Warriors using the Warriors' handshake, but doesn't describe how
it differs from a normal handshake.
This novel seems to ignore the relationship
that had been developing between Sheba and Bojay in the previous
couple of novels.
Page 212 reveals that Baltar's personal ship
from the Colonies, a freighter called the Rising Sun,
just happened to be one of the ships of the fleet and it's the
ship he commandeers, with the former Council of Twelve on board,
for his destructive rendezvous with the Cylons. (Ironically, the
Rising Sun has almost the same meaning as the
luxury cruiser of the fleet, the
As Baltar sacrifices himself (and the former
Council) to destroy the Cylon fleet, Apollo thinks of the Great
Traitor as a Great Patriot.
Is there a duplicate Baltar brain,
created by the Cylons, out there
somewhere as he feared?
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