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Book Synopsis "The Cylon's Secret"
« on: October 18, 2006, 04:49:15 AM »
Howdy All:

You may or may not be aware, that in addition to the novelisation of the pilot mini-series, there are currently 2 novels out based on the reimagined BSG universe.  The first, "The Cylon's Secret" was released in late August, while the second was released earlier this month, called "Saggitarius is Bleeding".  I'm not sure whether or not this community would choose to take the contents of these books as cannon, but it might be interesting to hear what happens.  Furthermore, a third book called "Unity" will be released April 3rd.  I'm presently in the middle of "Saggitarius", but I'll provide a synopsis once I'm done.

"The Cylon's Secret"

It's 20 years after the Armistice.  William Adama is Colonel and 1st officer of Gallactica, while Tigh is 3rd officer, a Captain, and I believe the LSO.  The Galactica is investingating several of the border worlds that exist outside of the 12 colonies, that were the sites of mining opperations, small settlements, and science labs, before the war.

At the same time, a market has arisen for ships that plunder these sites for anything useful.  They call themselves rescue ships, but in effect they're just raiders.  A young Tom Zarek has signed on with such a ship, the cruiser Lightning, in order to get some fast cash and get away from his former life with wealthy and somewhat stuck-up parents who are disappointed with his choices in life (note, that this is before Zarek's life of terrorism).  The crew is mostly criminals and low-lifes.  Their ship's next destination planet, triggers an automated Quarentine message, which they take as old enough not to pose a threat and head on in with hopes of grabing whatever might be there.  They find a research lab which is still opperating and the head doctor invites them down, hoping to get word from home and reestablish ties with the colonies.

The Lab in fact contains only 4 humans.  There were more before, but some accident killed most of them off.  The remainder of the population are "companions", which are Cylons.  Before the war, a group of Cylon robots were set to this lab in an attempt to restructure their programing, so see if humans and Cylons could live and work together as equals.  When the war began (though before actual fighting took place), the Cylon control computers in the colonies sent out a message to all forms of Cylons, ranging from household appliances to construction robots and of course soldiers, informing to stop serving humans and assemble themselves to start a new existance.  Combat occured later.  The Cylons at this facility were more autonamous and never recieved the signal.

The Lightning sends down a couple of recon vipers (MK.I) to make first contact, but they aren't notified about the Cylons.  I'm guessing that the doctor wanted to make sure that they didn't wipe out the lab from orbit, if they knew Cylons were there before landing.  Anyway, upon seeing the Cylon "companions", the pilots draw weapons, and the Companions open fire, inflicting serious injury.  The Lightning captain is understandably angry, but noone aboard, him included, know about the Cylon presence yet.  He then sends down another group to recover the pilots, including a shuttle and 2 Viper escorts.  He has Zarek lead the mission, since he's more educated and seems to be able to think on his feet than the bulk of the crew.  He's able to keep his composure when the Companions show up with the Doctor, but a miss-communication due to faulty equipment, results in one of the pilots not getting orders about keeping their weapons stowed, and comes out shooting, and of course more violence ensues.  Zarek manages to escape with the shuttle, along with another Viper, while one of the shuttle crew members manages to hide and escape.  However, before managing to return to the Lightning, they're intercepted by a massive dish-shaped ship, which blasts away the Viper.  Zarek manages to crash-land the shuttle and hide for a while.

Back at the Lab, the Companions managed to hide most of what happenned from the humans, except for a sneaky adolescent girl, the youngest of the humans.  She was watching from high above the faciliy, and saw both Zarek's shuttle crash, and the appearance of the Disk ship.  She's smart enough to keep this to herself.  The appearance of the disk ship, obviously a Cylon ship, forces the Lightning to withdraw.  Zarek's distress call prior to crash-landing, is picked up by Galactica, which responds quickly upon hearing the word "Cylon" in the message.  When the find the Lab, Galactica's databanks yield them info about the type of research being conducted, so they're not so immediately off-guard (or on-guard, I guess) when a landing party lead by Adama is sent down.  This time, no shooting.  While Adama and Tigh try to make sense of what's going on, the young girl manages to convince 2 of the viper pilots that escorted the shuttle down, to fly her in the shuttle out to where she saw the Lightning's shuttle go down, and where she'd snuck out to take a look earlier.  Unfortunately, they find that there are real Cylon warriors out patroling.  They manage to find Zarek but get ambushed by Cylons.  Zarek and the girl are separated, while the rest take the shuttle back, though they get tailed for a while by a Cylon-controled Viper.  The Companions later assist them in returning via river-craft to rescue Zarek and the girl.

In the meantime, the Cylon cap-ship shows up and demands that Adama shuttle over to their ship for a meeting.  It seems that they've been watching the lab themselves for some time, and have made a deal with the Companions to gain access to the results of their research, in exchange for keeping their presence a secret.  When Adama, Tigh, and the Doctor shuttle over to the Cylon ship (more on its class and specs later), they are guided to its control center, where they find that a human, a Chief that Adama knew from the war, has been chopped up and hooked up to a life support system (so he's just a head with tubes hooked up to him) to function as the ship's primary control system.  He wanted Adama to kill him both to disable the ship, and to end his miserable existance.  At that time however, the Lightning and several other raider ships jump in and assault the Cylon ship (the other ships are favors called in the the Lightning's captain), which the Cylons deal with quite easily.  During the battle however, the Doctor requests a tour, which the Cylons are eager to provide.  When he asks to return to the control center, he succeeds in cutting the Chief's artery tubes, before the Cylons kill him.  Unfortunately, the end of the book reveals that the Cylons managed to save the Chief, so all this managed to do was temporarily disable the ship, so Adama and Tigh can escape, and to the Galactica and reinforcements that arrive, can force the Cylons into retreat.

In the end, the companions shut themselves down, since the remaining human residents are returning to the colonies, and they don't want to be considered a Cylon acquisistion.  The human residents, along with Zarek, are given big cash settlements to keep quiet about the whole incident, and its implied that Zarek will use these funds to start off his new career, in terrorism, though they never actually say the last part.  The Galactica's CO, and Admiral, says that this is his final voyage before retiring, and he's listed Adama as his choice to take over afterwards.

The Cylon ship type is listed as a Dreadnaught, 3 of which had been built prior to the war.  They're listed as being about 10 to 12 times the size of a Battlestar, and were the largest war machines the Colonies ever produced.  They're mostly run by Cylons, but they were designed to have a human command staff.  When the revolt occured, they still needed that human element to control the ship, hence wiring a human brain into the control center.  The ship was refurred to as "disk-shaped", but I don't recall any mention of the double-disking of the TOS Base-stars.  The design was described as outrageously over-sized, and more of a decadence than was needed.  Its external weapons were varied in type and the ship was well-protected from external assault, but its interrior was not designed to carry much in the way of combat Cylons, to deal with boarding parties.  During the war, it was believed that all 3 were destroyed.  One was taken out by the combined effort of several battestars, while the second was self-destructed by the Cylons, when a boarding party (led by Tigh) was threatening to take the ship.  Tigh would refuse to discuss it afterards, as towards the center of the ship their party could hear human cries for resue from the Cylons, and for the maries to kill them (the voices).  It mentally scared him and the rest of the boarding party from that point, since they couldn't understand what they were hearing.  Its eventually revealed that they were keeping the ship going by bodging together several human brains into the control system, and the voices heard were theirs.  The 3rd Dreadnaught was last seen on fire and plumetting towards a star, so it was believed destroyed.  The ship encountered in this book is in fact the 3rd dreadnaught.  The Dreadnaught class also carries loads of Vipers, but its likely that they pre-date the MK1 vipers form the war, and were designed with Cylons in mind.  The Flying-wing raiders were either a separate design, created after these dreadnaughts were launched, or were entirely Cylon-designed and manufactured.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2006, 05:33:28 AM »
Interesting.  I'm going to have to check these books out.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2006, 04:32:44 AM »
Sweet, gonna have to buy these books.

I assume that the Cylon's they encounter are TOS types? The centurions from the original series? There was one in the museum on Galactica, so there had to be alot of them left during the time frame of the books.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2006, 09:22:28 PM »
That's something I was never completely sure about.  That is the TOS Cylons actually relating to the RDM world.  I think that was just an homage to the old series.  
Afterall I guess there's still talks of doing the Cylon War storyline (like a prequel series, I can't remember what it's supposed to be called...  Something like Caprica or something) and I really can't see them using the old costumes for this series if it ever comes into fruition.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2006, 09:29:54 PM »
I read the book. Please tell me if you want me to spoil it for you :P

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2006, 09:30:54 PM »
Why not? I've seen weirder things incorporated into contemporary shows, and it can definitely work if used properly.

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2006, 11:22:07 PM »
Well, mostly because of a cross between praciticality and budgeting.  Remember we're going to be seeing the full fledged Cylon Wars happening here, and I figure it would be easier to cgi a Cylon Army then to get a whole bunch of people clumsily trying to get around in those costumes (then having to pay them all).  It would be brutal.  You'd have to wonder how the Colonials didn't actually -win- the war, let alone let it come down to an armistice.
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2006, 08:03:07 PM »
Quote from: On_Your_Six;43971
That's something I was never completely sure about.  That is the TOS Cylons actually relating to the RDM world.  I think that was just an homage to the old series.  
Afterall I guess there's still talks of doing the Cylon War storyline (like a prequel series, I can't remember what it's supposed to be called...  Something like Caprica or something) and I really can't see them using the old costumes for this series if it ever comes into fruition.



At the beggining of the mini series when the Colonial Officer is sitting at the station waiting for the Cylons to show up, he has technical papers. On the papers are the original centurions from the old show. So I think its safe to say that the TOS centurion's are known in the reimagined BSG universe.
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