Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Science of Battlestar Galactica by Patrick Di Justo

iconiconI've been reading a lot lately, but I haven't dedicated very much time to blogging about what I've been reading.  Part of the reason is this book, The Science of Battlestar Galactica — I've been struggling with what to say about it.

I checked the book out from my library on a whim when I saw it among the new arrivals in our ebook catalog.  I am a big fan of Battlestar Galactica, and was interested in learning about the science behind the fiction.

Initially I was very disappointed with the book, as the first few chapters especially were largely conjecture.  However, I do have to say that as the book got into discussions about physics, space, and related subjects, it got much better.  It started talking about the size of the universe, what a planet would likely have to be like in order to support life (and what sort of star it would have to orbit), and I found that kind of thing quite interesting — enough so to redeem the book somewhat in my eyes.

I'd recommend it to other geeky BSG fans, but with the advice: Don't be afraid to skim and skip around.  I didn't find the entire book interesting, so I think I enjoyed it much more once I started skimming, and just slowed down to read more carefully when I came across something that interested me.

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