Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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This article is about the 1978 show. For the 2003 miniseries and 2004-2009 television series, see Battlestar Galactica (2003)

Name: Battlestar Galactica
Abbreviation(s): BSG (original)
Creator: Glen A. Larson
Date(s): 1978-1979
Medium: Television
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: wikipedia page; slash archive; genfic LJ comm
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some of the crew, art by Warren Oddsson, printed in Buddies: A Collection of Media Art 1958-2001, may have appeared in a previous print zine

Show overview

Starbuck, Apollo and Adama on the cover of the zine, Purple and Orange?

Battlestar Galactica came out in 1978, the year after Star Wars, produced by people who had worked for Lucasfilm. Fan anticipation was high, and the pilot got high ratings. The main two characters, Captain Apollo and Lt. Starbuck, were two very pretty men who fought side by side, and obviously cared a lot about each other. Everything seemed primed for a new fandom, and a new slash fandom.

Sadly, the writing wasn't very good, the effects were ahead of their time (and therefore very expensive) and the ratings steadily fell. There were only seventeen episodes of the first series, and another ten (even lower rated) episodes of the ill-fated reunion show in 1980.

Although fiction, and eventually slash fiction, appeared in both BSG and multimedia zines at the time, it never became a major fandom.

Richard Hatch remained a big fan of the concept, and was a willing guest at media cons trying to drum up interest in another reunion/remix/restart of the show.

Some Fan Comments


BG had better redeem itself. The first episode was great. I was a little turned off by the religious content, and the constant "Chariots of the Gods" references, but I suppose if the Mayans had been removed from the Star Trek movie, they had to go somewhere. In any case, subsequent episodes really stank. Heavily borrowed story-lines made for weak scripts, and the acting, in most cases, was wooden. Nifty keen special effects, though. I've only missed a few episodes. Why do I keep, watching? Well, BG is better than most of the other stuff on the tube at present, and the special effects are fun to watch. I also like Apollo, Starbuck, Boomer, and Commander Tigh. With the last episode, involving Starbuck's father, Fred Astaire, I detected a glimmer of hope--there actually was a plot, and the story was rather interesting and hardled well. Besides, I like Fred Astaire. I hear there's some doubt about BG being picked up for next season. It will be a shame if it's cancelled. Letter campaign, anyone? Like W.C. Fields, however, I find little use for Boxey. Muffit is slightly more tolerable. Maybe we should have Harlan write a BG episode. [1]


There is much fanfic here.

In 2008, a group of fans created a virtual season: Virtual Second Season and Virtual Third Season.


Zinefic online

Clean Slate Press was a BSG publisher during the 1980s and '90s. In 2002, a fan who noticed that the press had stopped publishing got permission to post several of them to his own website, collected on a page called Free Battlestar Galactica Fan Fiction Novels (includes several standalone short stories as well as the novels and connected short-story collection below).


Fan Art

The Battlestar Galactica Archive hosts a small collection of art here.



  1. comments by Lori Chapek-Carleton in The Oracle Speaks #3
  2. "Visions of the Galactica". Retrieved June 9, 2009.