Damn, dirty Cylons

So we’ve pretty much failed in our attempt to actually talk about the progress of the book.  All of the good science, I suppose, goes to the paying customers. Still, in case you’re curious, things are going great.  I’m in the midst of a first draft on the last chapter: “What don’t we know?”  It’s a rundown of what we expect to know in the next twenty years.  Also, we’ve been getting a ton of good feedback from our editor.  It’ll really improve the final product.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today.  No, I’m far more concerned about Battlestar Galactica.  I’d pretty much lost interest up until the last episode.  I was only watching to keep Emily Joy company.  Then, bang!  everything fell into place.  At the risk of giving spoilers, let me just say that I had tried to figure out every conceivable way in which the final five could have been brought into way in a self-consistent way, and damned if the writers didn’t put all of the pieces into place.

My only question is: How many independent times have the centurions been invented?  Did the humans on the 12 colonies invent them again, or did they bring them with them from Kobol?  And were the skinjobs on earth designed there, descended from centurions, or did all of this go down on Kobol?  I may have just missed it, but looking for updated Battlestar timelines online has proved fruitless.

Yeah, I know.  I’m engaging in super-advanced geekiness.  I can live with that. The only thing that justifies talking about it here is the fact that they totally got special relativistic time-dilation correct (see Chapter 1 in our upcoming book!).  I was very impressed.

– Dave

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