Battlestar Galactica Map of the 12 Colonies is a Quantum Mechanix product depicting the The Twelve Colonies of Kobol as seen in the Re-imagined Series and its spin-off Caprica. According to Quantum Mechanix, the map's status is official. However, according to Jane Espenson, quoted in an interview with io9, the status of information on the map is "quasi-canon" (used only in production and subject to future revision).
The map was made over the course of one year with the help of writer Jane Espenson and scientific advisor Kevin Grazier while graphic designer Geoffrey Mandel "created the map from scratch". In an interview with io9, the map drew inspiration from Bob Harris's book Beyond Caprica: A Visitor's Pocket Guide to the Twelve Colonies as well as Kevin Grazier's "Astronomy of the Twelve Colonies", which he wrote based on the "series bible" and the first two scripts of "33" and "Water".
- Kevin Grazier explained the necessity of making the map:
- Later, when I was working on the chapter about planets for the book Science of Battlestar Galactica, I revisited that document – expanding upon it for the book. While I was writing that chapter I had a conversation with Jane and we agreed that it might serve the dramatic needs of Caprica if we laid out the Colonies explicitly before they got too deep into writing.
Early versions of the map included an error in Picon's description, inaccurately stating that Queenstown is Caprica's capital instead of Picon's. This was later corrected.
- Battlestar Galactica Map of the 12 Colonies (backup available on Archive.org) . Retrieved on 29 January 2011.
- Anders, Charlie Jane (24 January 2010). Detailed Map Of Battlestar Galactica's Twelve Colonies (backup available on Archive.org) . Retrieved on 29 January 2011.