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ISBN 0-8126-9643-3
ISBN-13 978-0-8126-9643-1


441 pages

(Spring 08)

Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy

Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up?

Edited by Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin
Vol. 33 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Amid the suffocating fog of conformity that descended over America following 9/11, only one voice was able to reach the masses with honest commentary about the war on terror and the profound moral dilemmas involved in invasion, occupation, and resistance. This was the reborn TV science-fiction series, Battlestar Galactica.

Who counts as human? Is killing an intelligent non-human murder or garbage disposal? Can we really know who we are until we know what we are? Battlestar Galactica confronts the reality of the twenty-first-century world system, where any one of us may discover, at any moment, that we are not what we thought we were, that our identity has been fragmented, corrupted, lost, stolen, or deleted.

Battlestar Galactica has been hailed by Time magazine and other critics as the smartest and most thought-provoking show on television. As well as thoughtful analysis of every aspect of the saga, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy provides abundant background information and looks at every report from the Battlestar Galactica universe: all three TV series, the movie Razor, webisodes, novels, comics, videogames, and fanfic.

"The writers of Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy show us that they truly love this program and its capacity to do what television does so well: tell us stories that make us think, make us feel, and bring us together, no matter what universe we live in!"

—Sharon Ross, author of Beyond the Box: Television and the Internet

"Launch the alert Vipers! Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy lets fly a universe of knowledge! Fans of the show who have ached to know why Lt. Thrace is so complex will finally, at long last, understand everything. An awesome collection of thoughts and analysis of the kind we sci-fi lovers enjoy most."

—Del Harvey, publisher of

" Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy should be required reading for fans of science fiction, philosophy, popular culture, and anyone interested in explorations of key issues in Western societies."

— Kate Boulay, Professor of Cultural Studies, Dublin Institute of Technology

"Philosophy—Gilles Deleuze claimed—can be read as a science fiction story. This highly entertaining and thought-provoking book not only proves Deleuze right, but goes one better, showing us how a particular science fiction story can and should be read as philosophy."

— David J. Gunkel, author of Hacking Cyberspace

Josef Steiff is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Independent Filmmaking (2005) and Associate Chair of the Department of Film and Video at Columbia College in Chicago. Tristan D. Tamplin has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is currently the principal designer at Verso Design Corporation.

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