The Young Warriors

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The Young Warriors
The Young Warriors
A book of the Berkley Books line
Book No. 4
Author(s) Robert Thurston
Adaptation of The Young Lords
No. of Pages 185 (1st edition)
192 (reprint)
Published August 1980
ISBN 0425046559
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The Young Warriors is a novelization of the Original Series episode, "The Young Lords".

The book was reprinted on November 23, 2003 by iBooks, Inc.

Back-cover description

Marooned! Starbuck didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Sure, he was sick of war...but he also didn't want to spend the rest of his life stranded on this hunk of rock where he had crashed. It was too much for an adventure-loving skypilot to stand!

Then he met Miri, riding like the wind on her thinking unicorn, and agreed to lead her band of guerilla kids in their war against the Cylon killer robots...[1]


  • This is Robert Thurston's favorite of all Galactica novelizations he has written.
  • Apollo is mistakenly placed in the cover instead of Starbuck.
  • Starbuck's foster parents were disabled veterans. Their names were Gawr and Doreen. His whole life was consumed by war. Most kids only saw their parents once in a while because most of them were involved in the war with the Cylons.
  • Starbuck knew that his real father had achieved notoriety as a gambler and has heard rumors that he has roamed several worlds getting into numerous scrapes. Starbuck doubts his father is alive, however.
  • Before he gets shot down, Starbuck feels discontented, so he ventures to a therapy room in a seldom-traveled area of Galactica. The therapy machine talks to him about his problems. Starbuck says he can't connect with people, that he uses Cassiopea and Athena like mechanical toys, constantly playing them against each other.
  • Adama has Sagitarian flu. Apollo is still mourning the loss of Serina.
  • Both Cassiopea and Athena give Starbuck the cold shoulder before he goes off on patrol.
  • Right before the Cylons attack, Starbuck swears to Boomer he is going to give up gambling and socializing.
  • Many of Spectre's Cylons are collapsing due to Attila's hostile climate. His chief aide is named Hilltop, presumably because Spectre was looking at a hilltop when he built him. Other Cylon names are Mudhole and Treebark.
  • Lucifer does not like it when Baltar refers to him as a machine. He deeply regrets saving Baltar's life and could care less if they ever find the humans again.
  • Miri hears the sound of Starbuck's viper crashing. She watches him climb out of the wreckage from a distance.
  • Starbuck manages to find a dead Cylon and is surprised to discover it is a complete machine. (The Cylons in the novelizations have thus far been organic beings under their armor). He collapses and has a dream about Cassiopea and Athena. He wakes up and sees Miri and Kyle before him. They are quickly surrounded by Cylons, but then the rest of the hidden children attack and the Cylons are defeated.
  • Some of the names of the children are Laughing Jake, Chubby Marta, Ratzi, Herbert the Singer, Melysa, Jergin, and the Genie. There are 27 children in all.
  • Miri has a unicorn named Rogue. She can communicate with it telepathically. Kyle has a unicorn named Demon.
  • Many of the children get around by swinging on vines from tree to tree.
  • Miri's mother, Megan, is held captive by the Cylons (as opposed to the father in the actual episode). She is an artist who was able to use her telepathic abilities to influence the oils used in painting to create magnificent art.
  • The unicorns are not owned by the children. They aid the children by their own choice.
  • The people who settled on Attila were from the planet Scorpia. They were exiled for protesting against the militaristic attitudes of the Scorpian government. It was a very warlike society and its elections had become little more than ceremonies because all political opposition was squelched.
  • Magician is a unicorn that had never allowed anyone to ride him until Starbuck arrived. The two form a bond.
  • Miri sneaks into the Cylon castle through a secret passage and carefully runs across the courtyard when no Cylons are looking in order to see Megan. There are a number of other prisoners besides her.
  • Kyle doesn't like the Colonial military. Magician tries to help Starbuck when Kyle pulls a gun on him, but the unicorn is forced to run away.
  • Lucifer believes he has created a system that will allow him to defeat Starbuck at the card game called pyramid should they ever have a chance to play again. Lucifer once suggested to Baltar that they play a hand, but Baltar merely scoffed at him.
  • Starbuck actually gets captured by the Cylons during the trade-off. Magician is able to rescue him. Starbuck jumps off a moving wagon and onto the unicorn's back.
  • Starbuck and Magician are attacked by a lion in the forest. The lion is wounded and scurries away, but Magician slumps down and dies. Starbuck howls in grief.
  • Miri argues with Starbuck about his plan to defeat the Cylons. She continually has doubts about it. Starbuck says he'll surrender to the Cylons if the plan doesn't work.
  • Starbuck rides a unicorn to the castle wall, and waves to the Cylons. A garrison is sent after him, and he leads them towards a swamp. When the Cylons walk up to the swamp, the children come from behind and push them in.
  • Spectre tells Baltar that Starbuck is the pilot who "died". This only endears him to Baltar even more. Lucifer is deeply disappointed; he was hoping to meet Starbuck again one day.
  • When Spectre decides to leave, Hilltop refuses. Spectre then deactivates Hilltop so there is no chance that anyone will learn of the devious tactics Spectre used while running the outpost. Once Spectre leaves, Hilltop is able to turn himself back on because he had made an adjustment in his circuits earlier. He then commands the garrison to surrender to the humans.
  • After Starbuck leaves, Miri realizes that he was not for her. But she didn't want him to forget her, and so she sneaked a painting of a woman on a unicorn inside his shuttle after he refused to take it.




  • This is Robert Thurston's favorite novelization.[2]

Alternate covers


  1. The UK Sci-Fi TV Book Guide: Battlestar Galactica (1970s)/Galactica 1980 (backup available on . Retrieved on 24 February 2008.
  2. Paxton, Susan J. Battlestar Zone Interview: Robert Thurston (backup available on . Retrieved on 24 February 2008.