Despite being published almost a year after the airing of the
two-part "Lost Planet of the Gods" story, the title page
novelization as being adapted from the episode
"Tombs of Kobol"; there is no episode by that name.
This was numbered as novel #3 in the Battlestar Galactica
series, even though
"Lost Planet of the Gods" Part 1 was the second episode aired,
after the 3-hour "Saga of a Star World" pilot. Number 2 in the
novel series was The Cylon Death Machine, even though
the 2-part "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero" from which it was
adapted was actually the 4th and 5th episodes aired.
The BSG series of novels seems to have its own continuity, not
quite parallel to the TV series. In this novelization, as in the
"Saga of a Star World" novelization, the Cylons are still part reptile, with only the IL-series Cylons
like Lucifer being wholly robotic. Also in this novel, Lucifer
is the one who makes the decision to spare Baltar's life in
pursuit of the human fleet, rather than the Imperious Leader.
And Boxey is still depicted as an orphan "adopted" by Serina,
not her actual son.
On page 2, the Cylon executioner exerts pressure at a point in
Baltar's neck to render him paralyzed before the death-stroke is
delivered. This is similar to the Vulcan nerve pinch from the
Star Trek franchise, the second similarity to that
other licensed universe (the first being the seven-year mating
cycle of the Otori sect of Gemoni, similar to the Pon Farr of
Vulcans, as mentioned in "Exodus").
Page 4 reveals that Lucifer considers his name to be
timid-sounding, not the way that believers of Christian
religions think of it. He also reveals that his name is actually
an acronym, but he refuses to provide the full name to a lowly
human such as Baltar. He also has a secret name, which all
Cylons do (although, Lucifer explains, he is not a true Cylon
since he is entirely robotic).
Page 8 describes Baltar's enforced physical training at the
hands of Lucifer, to get him into shape to be a leader. One of
Baltar's exercises is to run against a simulation of Adama, his
hated rival since the Academy. It is revealed that Baltar had eventually
been forced to
leave the Academy by Core Faculty and the Cadet Council for
tampering with the test computer.
Page 8 also reveals that Adama and Baltar were in the Academy
Page 9 reveals that Adama consistently achieved the highest
grades at the Academy.
Page 9 also reveals that Baltar was a member of the Council of
12, though his Colony world is not named.
Throughout the book, Apollo listens to a series of audio
recordings made by Serina before her death.
On page 17, Serina describes in one of her recordings that the
dinner prepared by her and Athena before Apollo's proposal, was
largely made up of a bluish meat sent up by the Ovions when they
were at Carillon.
Page 20 reveals that Athena is the chief aide of Colonel Tigh.
Page 27 reveals that Lucifer has developed a separate,
internalized consciousness which he can use to countermand the
orders of his Cylon superiors or Baltar when he feels it
necessary. He also considers himself to have a soul, housed in a
compartment in his right shoulder.
Page 49 suggests that there are foundry ships in the fleet
manufacturing vipers to replace the ones lost in battle. Boomer
seems to think his still "original" viper is better than the
"glued-together wrecks" the foundry ships are producing.
Pages 72-74 feature an additional scene not in the TV episode in
which Cassiopeia and Starbuck spend an evening together. It
reveals that the Fleet Council has banished her former practice
of "socialation". In this
scene, Starbuck repeatedly calls her Cassie, even though in the
novelization of "Saga of a Star World" she tells him she doesn't
want to be called that.
Pages 75-76 also feature an added scene, in which a cadet named
Gemi seeks to attract the attention of Starbuck during the
training of the female pilots.
Page 79 contains an amusing line as Starbuck is described as
assisting the female cadets with properly adjusting their
uniforms, saying he is glad to lend a hand, while Dietra mutters
he seems even gladder to lend two hands.
Page 99 reveals that another name for the Book of the Word is
On page 99, Tigh suggests that Kobol's sun died millennia ago,
triggering the human migration from the planet.
On page 106, Serina describes her viper's firing button being
the middle one on the joystick, but on the TV series it is
located on the left.