Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up?

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Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy
Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy
A book of the Pop Culture and Philosophy (Open Court) line
Book No.
Author(s) Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin
Adaptation of
No. of Pages 441
Published 2008
ISBN 0812696433
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Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up? (Open Court Publishing, 2008, ISBN 0812696433), edited by Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin, is an essay collection dealing with philosophy and Battlestar Galactica. It is volume 33 in Open Court's Pop Culture and Philosophy Series.

According to the publisher's website: "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."[1]


(Note: Five essays are unattributed, though each one was written by someone who wrote another essay elsewhere in this volume. There are clues scattered throughout the book as to the identity of each unattributed author. If you think about it for a few mintues, you might realize why five.)

  • David Weddle: "Foreward"
  • Josef Steiff: "I Dare You to Watch This Show!"
  • Acknowledgments

Model One: Some Are Programmed to Think They Are Human

  • Daniel Milsky: "The Narrative Disruptions of Model Eight"
  • Paul Booth: "Frak-tured Postmodern Lives, Or, How I Found Out I Was A Cylon"
  • Luke Cuddy: "The Avatar of the Ego: Reconciling Ourselves with Videogames"
  • ----------: "Gothic Anxiety
  • ----------: "Am I a Cylon? Self Knowledge at the Crossroads"

Model Two: They Look Like Us Now

  • Magali Rennes: "Kiss Me, Now Die!"
  • Jennifer Harwood-Smith: "I Frak, Therefore I Am"
  • Shira Chess: "The C-Word: Queering the Cylons"
  • Shana Heinricy: "I, Cyborg"
  • Richard Hanley: "I Am a Cylon"

Model Three: We Became What We Beheld

  • Amy Kind: "You Can't Rape a Machine"
  • Tristan D. Tamplin: "Knowing We're Frakked: Democracy and Bad Decisions"
  • The Razor's Edge: "Galactica, Pegasus, and Lakoff"
  • Hal Shipman: "Some Cylons are More Equal Than Others"
  • John Scott Gray: "They Evolved, but Do They Deserver Consideration?"

Model Four: Battlestar Iraqtica

  • Isabel Pinedo: "Playing With Fire Without Getting Burned: Blowback Re-imagined"
  • Dan Dinello: "The Wretched of New Caprica"
  • Ian M. Peters: "Choosing Sides: Occupation or Resistance?"
  • Louis Melancon: "Secrets and Lies: Balancing Security and Democracy in the Colonial Fleet"
  • Bryan McHenry: "Weapons of Mass Salvation"
  • John Kenneth Muir: "SALTed Popcorn; The Original Battlestar Galactica in Historical Context"

Model Five: Finding Purpose in the Void

  • Jean-Paul Martinon: "33, 34, 35 . . . The Life of the Limits"
  • Trudy Milburn: "Lost in Space? Finding Your Way Without a Map"
  • Bryan C. Barker: "Free Will, Determinism, and Schopenhauer (Oh, My!)"
  • Christopher Christian: "Living in the Watchtower"
  • David Vessey: "The Meaning of a Deathless Life"

Model Six: Near the End of Our Journey

  • Ivan Wolfe: "Why Your Mormon Neighbor Know More about This Show than You Do"
  • Richard Berger: "GINO or Dialogic: What Does 'Re-imagined' Really Mean?"
  • ----------: "The Real War between Battlestar Galacticas"
  • Ewan Kirkland: "A Dangerous Place for Women"
  • Heather Rolufs: "Eve, Lilith, and the Cylon Connection"
  • ----------: "Dreamers in the Night"
  • ----------: "Coduction: Cylons, Colonials, and Criticism"


  • Callsigns
  • Decodings
  • Lexicons
  • Intel
  • Other Campaigns
  • War Journal
  • The Universe is a vast and complex system: coincidental, serendipitous events are bound to occur . . .


  1. Website (backup available on . Retrieved on 13 June 2008.

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