Tag Archives: BSG

A “state-of-the-projects” update

It is now one year since I wrote the first draft of the first piece in what became “The Racetrack Chronicle” and the continuity in which it exists. As that project has sprawled and expanded across multiple works and time-periods, it has become difficult to explain, so this post will attempt to concisely introduce: “what […]

Additional appendices for “Carillon.”

This afternoon, I posted one of my “long grass historical background on the Colonies” pieces, this one tackling Virgon. Unusually, this one has a lengthy textual appendix. It also has two graphical appendices that necessitate a post here, charting 1,891 years of royal history: In genealogical form and tabular form. Buried deep in the early […]

Surprising things we learn writing fiction #298

Turns out that north of 75% of Earth’s oxygen is produced by water-based algae rather than land-based plants, and humans could, in theory, acclimate to anything down to about 11% oxygen. Which means that Aquaria could be a viable (i.e. human-sustaining) biosphere despite lacking significant landmass.

Maggie’s theme / Racetrack cue

I have a new-ish piece to present. (It was actually published in late October and I forgot to say anything here.) I have spent a lot of time this year in the company of Maggie “Racetrack” Edmondson, as posts passim explain. Racetrack is a pivotal character, and I have lamented that Bear McCreary never wrote […]

Populus Coloniarum Duodecim vs. Gaius Baltar

As @BSGMuseum’s #bsgglobalrewatch2016 gets ready to head into the last stretch of season three, “the trial of Gaius Baltar,” Laura observes that “for all his crimes, he’s one of us,” and the question is put: Upon first watch, would you have found him guilty/innocent before his trial? That’s not straightforward to answer. The easier answer […]

No Hero of mine

No one throws a perfect game. Even the best shows have iffy episodes, and it’s fitting that the worst episodes of particularly-great shows are particularly-bad. For Battlestar Galactica, that’s “Hero,” a disastrous hot-mess from the third season, penned by David Eick. BSG had cranked out mediocre episodes before, especially in season two’s midseason swell. But […]

A quick “state of the projects” update

Coming out of the summer hiatus, I have project-indices on six fiction projects at the moment: BSG1, “The Turning Point,” went out on private preview over the summer; I got some good feedback, I did one additional draft in August and will start another pass on or about October 1. It covers “Escape Velocity” through to “Daybreak,” addressing the mutiny  BSG2, […]

Deep in the long-grass: The timeline of the Fall

This will likely be the nerdiest insidest-baseball post that I will ever write. (Can one use “inside” in the superlative? American English for the win! Any word in any role!) One of the first-principles that undergirds the Racetrack Chronicles materials (as the background notes explain in more detail) is that I take the physics of the […]

Background notes on my Racetrack / BSG story-cycle

Eons ago, man lived in harmony with the gods in the paradise of Kobol. Eventually, the twelve tribes of man left Kobol, and founded the twelve colonies: Caprica, Gemenon, Picon, and Virgon;  Leonis and Tauron; Scorpia, Sagittaron, and Libran; Aerilon, Canceron, and Aquaria.  For millennia, the children of Kobol bickered and fought amongst themselves. But […]