By Richard Hatch and Christopher Golden
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing, hardcover edition,
published September 1998)
After nearly two decades, the fleet reunites
with the lost battlestar Pegasus.
Notes from the BSG chronology
Page 11 of the novel mentions that this story takes place about
half-a-yahren after the encounter with the Cylons in
This book is dedicated by Richard Hatch to Lorne Greene, Lloyd
Bridges, and John Denver. Of course, Lorne Greene
(1915-1987) played Commander Adama in the TV series and Lloyd Bridges
(1913-1998) played Commander Cain. John Denver (1943-1997) was a
The dust jacket of the hardcover edition
speaks of the exiles led by Commander Cain. But they are not
exactly exiles; they were just cut off from the Colonies by
space and the Cylons about 20 yahrens ago and then from the
rag-tag fleet at the end of
"The Living Legend" Part 2.
The Sky character of Valor appeared
previously in Armageddon.
Page 10 reveals a ship of the fleet called
the Ligeia, frequently used for presenting theatrical
productions and musical performances. In
Galactica, theater troupes are said to tour the fleet,
performing on various ships.
It is stated on page 10 that all triad
tournaments are held on the Rising Star. But in
"War of the
Gods" Part 1, a triad game is taking place on what is implied to
be the Galactica. Possibly all the triad games were
moved to the Rising Star at some point during the 18
yahrens since that episode.
Page 11 describes just the barest hint of
white beginning to show in Starbuck's hair.
On page 12, Troy mentions that there are
only 9 Nomen left in the fleet. In
Armageddon, there were 13,
though a few may have been killed during the prison riot on the
Icarus in that novel.
Page 12 reveals that, while on Caprica, the
Nomen were not under Colonial rule. Apparently, they were
allowed to govern themselves, possibly similar to Native
American reservations in the United States today.
Page 13 reveals that the Nomen have fangs.
Previously in the BSG universe, the Twelve
Colonies and Kobol were said to be in the Cyrannus galaxy.
Starting with this novel, it is instead stated to be the
nebula, implying that the entire saga does take place within our
own Milky Way galaxy. Given that the Colonials have different
words (or differing meanings) from our anglocentric English
ones, it's possible to interpret earlier references to "galaxy"
in BSG to mean "nebula".
Near the end of chapter one, the Noman
Gar'Tokk vows to be Apollo's bodyguard for life. He's sort of
the Chewbacca of Battlestar Galactica!
Page 25 reveals there is a ship in the fleet
called the Tantalus, a ship of restaurants for the
eating pleasure of the fleet's inhabitants. In our own Greek
mythology, Tantalus was a half-god son of Zeus who was sentenced
to eternal punishment in Tartarus, part of the underworld, to be
always just out of reach of fruit and water to quench his hunger
Councilmember Siress Kiera indicates
throughout the book that she believes the lies told by Baltar claiming he
was making a genuine bid for peace between the Colonies and the
"Annihilation"), but the Cylons betrayed him and wiped out the human
worlds. Is Kiera ignoring then, the evidence that came to light
in "Murder on the Rising
Star", that he had worked with
his personal pilot and electronics expert, Karybdis, on disabling
Caprica's defense computers?
Page 28 reveals that a tracebomb, described
as a tracking and termination system, has been implanted in
Baltar's chest by the Colonials to prevent his flight or
betrayal in his new position as advisor aboard the Galactica on all things Cylon.
Page 30 reveals that President Tigh had a
wife and sons that were killed in the Cylon ambush of the
Colonies in "Annihilation".
Page 30 mentions a spicy and exotic Aquarian
dish called a bova-ranfara hot salad. Past references to "bova"
suggest it is a cow-like animal (bovine). "Ranfara" is an
unknown term, probably a vegetable, to complete the salad.
Page 32 reveals a fleet ship called the
Academia, where cadets are trained. In the real world,
"academia" is a Greek word meaning the accumulation of
On page 35, Jolly is referred to as still
being a lieutenant, but in
Armageddon he was
a captain. Since he was a lieutenant in the TV series, one would
think he is at least a captain by now. But page 189 confirms
that he is, indeed, still a lieutenant after all this time,
interested only in being a pilot and Warrior, content to follow
trusted leaders and not become one himself unless a situation
It is implied that Jolly is married to a
woman named Guinn. Boomer has been married to a woman named Phaedra (with whom
he is now expecting a child) for two months, after dating for a
little over a yahren. In the Maximum Press comic books, Boomer
is married to Dietra instead; since the Maximum Press comics
take place only a couple yahrens later and Boomer the Dietra are
depicted with a Warrior-age daughter, it might be argued that
Phaedra should be considered Dietra in this novels with this "second"
pregnancy having resulted in a miscarriage. The Phaedra
pregnancy subplot seems to get dropped in the novels that follow
this one anyway!
Captain Hecate, leader of Red Squadron,
appears in this novel even though she was killed in
Armageddon when her
Viper collided with a Raider! No explanation of her survival is given. She dies
again on page 250 of this novel!
On the planet Cylon, the chair of stone and
metal, sitting upon a dais sixteen steps above the floor, used by
the Imperious Leader, is referred to as the High Seat. On the
Leader's basestar, his throne is referred to as the High Seat of
Page 39 reveals that Troy had recently dated
a Sagittarian actress. Might this actress be Peri, the girl he
befriended and became part of Dwybolt's acting troupe with when
they were both still children in
Page 43 reveals that the off-duty officers'
club has a bar made of rare katsugari wood.
Page 43 also reveals that Starbuck has quit
smoking fumarellos several times.
Page 44 reveals that Starbuck and Cassiopeia
had a renewed dalliance after the events of
Armageddon, but it had
ended badly and he had returned to Athena.
Also on page 44, Cassie tells the
fumarello-smoking Starbuck at Dalton's novayahren (birthday)
party to "take that disgusting weed out of your mouth." This is
a callback to her remark way back in
"Exodus", when she asks him, "Do you ever take that
smoldering weed out of your mouth?"
Page 46 describes the Warriors' uniforms as
dark brown, with a jacket of bova leather. In
Armageddon, the uniforms
were described as crimson and black, instead of the khaki and
brown uniforms seen in other BSG stories.
On page 47, Troy gives Dalton a bracelet
with green gems that had belonged to his mother, Serina.
On page 49, the alien ships remind Sheba of
the kraken, "large, many-tendriled beasts found in the oceans of
Sagittarius." This is similar to Earth's own Norse myth of a sea
creature also called the kraken.
On page 53, the word "kilon" seems to
represent a unit of distance (a kilometer?). Possibly this is a Sky term and
not a Colonial one, since the scene described is about the Sky
character called Valor. In
"The Law of Volahd" Part
2, a kilon is a Colonial unit of velocity through space.
Page 56 introduces the Virgon Star,
a ship of the fleet on which the scientist Plutarch conducts his
On page 60, Rigel appears for the first time
in the Hatch novels. But the formerly female Rigel is now
referred to as "he" throughout the book! Is this a different
Rigel? Did she have a sex-change operation? (Rigel appears
again, briefly, in Paradis without gender
identification and, later, in
"The Enemy Within" Part 1 as her usual self.)
Page 64 reveals that the fleet is making
additional QSE generators after having reversed-engineered the one
stolen from the Cylons in
Armageddon. They now have
five Vipers with QSE technology installed, with more on the way.
Page 66 reveals that Cain is now not only
the Commander of the Pegasus, but also the President of
the colony on Xerik-5, which has been named Poseidon by its
human colonists. The world is mostly ocean, with but a single
continent. In Greek mythology, Poseidon is the god of the sea.
Page 68 reveals that Commander Cain's
current second-in-command on the Pegasus is Colonel
Tacitus. Former executive officer, as last seen in
"The Living Legend" Part 2,
Tolen, is still around in another capacity as well, as seen on
Pages 68-69 mention Baltar's previous
imprisonment on the prison barge. Tigh tells Cain that the
traitor of all humanity was held in solitary confinement, but he
managed to coerce one of his wardens into freeing him and
granting access to a Viper. This is quite different from the
escape seen in
"Prison of Souls" Part 3.
Page 74 suggests that the teenaged Troy had
had trouble communicating with his step-father, Apollo, but
Sheba had been there to help the two of them through the
On page 86, Apollo pays a solitary visit to
the celestial chamber, first (and last) seen in
"The Hand of God". In that
episode, he explains to Sheba, Starbuck, and Cassie, that a
celestial chamber was used on a battlestar hundreds of yahrens
ago for taking navigational readings of the stars. Here, the
chamber's function seems to be called into question, suggesting
it may have been used for navigation or for divination when such
a thing was believed in.
On page 87, Cain is referred to as both a
living legend (from the title of his previous appearance, the
2-part "The Living Legend")
and as a warhawk (from the title of this novel).
This novel uses the term "cogitator" in
place of "IL-series" in describing Cylons of Lucifer's ilk.
Cogitators are also described as being rare in Cylon society.
Page 93 mentions that even though Lucifer
appears to glide across the floor, he does, in fact, move on
legs underneath his cloak.
Baltar's reasoning as to how he does not see
himself as a traitor to humanity is given on page 98. It reveals
that he had tried for yahrens to be chosen as President of the
Quorum back in the Colonies, only to be passed over repeatedly
and he thought he was obviously the best suited to lead the
Colonies. He had then conspired with the Cylons to end the
interminable war by allowing the Colonies to be conquered in an
agreement with the Imperious Leader where he, Baltar, would be
named regent to rule the surviving humans, allowing the race to
continue. But the Imperious Leader had betrayed him.
On page 108, Dalton is wearing a vesper
dress, a sheer Gemon fabric.
On page 111, Cain mentions the foundry ship
of Apollo's fleet, the Hephaestus. At this point, he
doesn't know the ship was sacrificed to destroy a basestar in
On pages 115-117, Cain reveals that about a
yahren after the Battle of Gamoray, where the Pegasus
destroyed two basestars before disappearing in
"The Living Legend" Part 2,
they discovered a small fleet of 32 ships that had escaped the
Twelve Colonies shortly before the Galactica had arrived on the
scene of devastation across the system in "Annihilation".
The Pegasus then became their protector and Cain their leader.
Then, about 10 yahrens ago, they came across the planet Xerik-5 and
chose to settle there, renaming it Poseidon, and building a
small colony and factories to produce a small fleet of warships,
including two additional battlestars, to take the fight back to
the Cylon Empire. The new battlestars are called the
Daedelus and the New Bellephon (the New Bellephon
is destroyed in battle with the Chitain near the end of the
The name for the
may have been derived from a listing of battlestars that
are said to have been constructed by the Twelve Colonies in the 1988
publication Colonial Warriors Technical Manual, which
lists one of them as the
On page 131, Apollo discovers stone
paintings in the ruins of
Xerik-5 that show that the former inhabitants had
encountered the Ships of Light.
On page 138, Cassie says that Adama once
told her, "Study the past, or be destined to repeat it." This is
a paraphrasing of our own world's George Santayana
(1863-1952) who wrote,
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
On page 140, Cain compares the Chitain to
crawlons. Crawlons are similar to Earth spiders and were
previously mentioned in "Into the
Void". Presumably the creature whose face is featured on the
cover of the book is a Chitain, but it's depicted with three
eyes, whereas page 156 describes them as having four.
On page 141, Apollo compares Cain's choice
to settle his people within the Chitain's system to making camp
in a lupus den. A lupus is a wolf-like predator, as witnessed on
the planet Equellus in "The Lost
Page 149 names one of the small battle
cruisers of Cain's fleet as the Starlight.
On gage 235, the Hyapatia is named as another and is
destroyed by Chitain fighters.
Page 163 informs us that, besides Athena,
Starbuck and Boomer are aware of Apollo's telepathic abilities.
This novel introduces a new Viper model
designed by Cain's engineers. Called a Viper Duet, it is sort of
a meld of two Vipers, allowing two pilots to work in tandem to
pilot and use weapons in battle. Although the exterior design is
decidedly different, the new fighter craft seems very similar to
the SuperViper developed by engineers in the Galactica's
fleet in Surrender the
Page 167 introduces a flight officer on the
Pegasus named Major Belarius. Possibly this is a play on the
name of the production company Belisarius Productions owned by
Donald Bellisario, co-producer of the original TV series.
Page 172 reveals that Boomer attended the
Academy at the same time as Apollo and Starbuck and the three
were friends even then.
Page 173 reveals there are no female Nomen
in the fleet, so their race is doomed to extinction.
During the discussion on pages 176-179, Cain
and Baltar reveal to us that the mostly-mechanical Cylon
centurions seen during the TV series were drones that had only
been used starting a few decades before the destruction of the
Colonies, due to the inability of the Cylon breeding program to
keep up with the number of biological Cylons needed. The drones
had only a portion of a cloned Cylon brain and the rest of the
body was robotic. Since the destruction of the human Colonies,
the Cylons have been able to get their biological numbers up
again and Baltar doubts that the drones are even being made any
During the above conversation, Baltar
reveals that according to the cogitators (IL-series) with whom
he had spoken, Count Iblis, the alleged founder of the Cylon
Empire thousands of yahrens ago, was widely considered to be a myth.
According to Baltar, all Imperious Leader
and cogitator type Cylons are manufactured on the planet Cylon
On page 193, Lucifer witnesses Imperious
Leader conversing with a swirling black mass hovering in the air
of the Leader's chamber. We are led to believe the black mass is
a manifestation of Count Iblis, however the last page of the
novel has the black mass referring to the Imperious Leader
himself as Iblis.
Boomer keeps saying he and Phaedra haven't
told anyone except their closest friends about her pregnancy
yet, but on page 212, Phaedra is thinking about how many of the
Warriors' husbands and wives have been asking her if they've
picked a name yet!
Page 213 seems to indicate that another term
used among the survivors for the annihilation of the Colonies at
the hands of the Cylons is the "Great Betrayal".
On page 219, Starbuck remarks that sand is a
good sound conductor. This is true of many types and conditions
On page 221, the Adena is described
as manufacturing additional QSE generators for installation on
all fleet ships. The Adena had previously been a
socialator ship, but was converted into a new forge ship in
Armageddon after the loss
of the Hephaestus.
On page 227, the text describes Dalton
answering her own question, when it's obviously supposed to be
Page 228 describes the force field created
over the face of a Viper pilot's helmet as also being capable of
spontaneously adjusting itself to provide protection against the
glare of explosions in battle. Yet in
"Chess-Players of Space",
the Cylons use a strategy of trailing an actinic mine behind
their Raiders, blowing it to cause temporary blindness in the
human pilots they battle, and the tactic works, at least
initially, suggesting the helmets at that time did not have such
On page 191, Hecate and Jolly had taken only
three Academy cadets for temporary active duty in the upcoming
battle against the Chitain forces: Cadets Marcellus, Cato, and Freyja. Another cadet, Byron, remarks that they're all ready
when needed before the two Warriors and three cadets leave. But
later, on page 237, Byron is described as having been lost in
the battle. Apollo's thoughts on page 285 confirm that only
three cadets were brought in for the battle, so it doesn't seem
that the Galactica was forced to bring in more cadets
during the fight. Perhaps there was simply a full-fledged pilot
also named Byron who was killed?
On page 249, Jolly comes up with the
nickname "silverwings" for the Sky in their space battle armor.
On page 258, Starbuck takes a brief refuge
behind the landing gear of a Black Raider. Presumably a Black
Raider is a term meant to describe one of the new QSE-equipped
Raiders being produced by the Cylons.
Pages 258-259 suggest that even the true
Cylons have had most of their organic perspective bred out of
them, having a machine's view of mathematically derived curves
On page 279, Sheba says "years" instead of
On page 280, Sheba uses the phrase "bova-headedly
stubborn" to describe her father, the way we would use
"pig-headedly stubborn". The glossary of the novel describes a
bova as "a large livestock animal kept in herds", the word
probably inspired by the Latin bovine, referring to
such animals as cattle, buffalo, and bison.
At the end of the novel, Apollo has directed
the fleet to the next planet on the ancient holo-map, a planet
called Kirasolia. Is there any relation between the planet's
name and the name of kirasolis candy, a treat mentioned both
here and in
Page 296 reveals that the fleet lost 37
ships during the battle against the Chitain, including the
Scorpius Ascendent, the Valkyrior, and Agro-2.
Scorpius Ascendent previously appeared in
Armageddon. By adding the
ships of Cain's fleet, the newly-combined fleet is said to be
down only 19 ships from where it was before the battle. This
brings the fleet to 159 ships from the previous count of 178 in
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