There’s a lot to like about Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica. Regardless of how you feel about the show’s ending and the pervasive mysticism, it was a show that used the genre to do what it does best: examine the human condition and ask the big questions against a fantastic backdrop. It did, however, have one serious problem. Too damn many colonies. How’s a guy supposed to keep track of all these different colonies when I don’t have a map? Man, if only somebody made a map…
That gorgeous bit of artwork is the first and only official map of the 12 Colonies of Kobol. You can click the image to see an even bigger version, but to truly be able to appreciate all the detail and information about the colonies, you’re going to have to order one of your own. Fortunately, you can pick up your very own copy from Entertainment Earth for a mere $10.99. Aside from being damn pretty, the map is also signed by BSG co-executive producer and all-around genre goddess Jane Espenson. Here’s the official product description from Entertainment Earth:
Intergalactic travelers and stargazers need never be lost in the Cyrannus star system if they have this in their back pocket: the first and only official map of the 12 Colonies of Kobol. It’s the most authoritative and complete rendering of the Colonies that’s ever been made! The richly detailed illustration from Quantum Mechanix features a wealth of information on each colony — everything from population stats and local attractions to pyramid team names and brief histories. One year in the making, the Map of the 12 Colonies of Kobol was developed in collaboration with Battlestar Galactica co-executive producer (and executive producer of Caprica) Jane Espenson, whose signature appears printed on the map. The full-color map measures 39-inches wide x 26-inches tall and is printed on 100-pound satin-finish paper. It’s suitable for framing and for hours of enjoyment…especially if you like gazing at heavenly bodies in their relative orbits! Ships rolled and polybagged.
Dr. Kevin R. Grazier of NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who was science adviser on Battlestar Galactica and co-author of “The Science of Battlestar Galactica,” served as science adviser in the making of this map. Hollywood graphic designer Geoffrey Mandel created the map from scratch, making countless revisions as the technical data underwent painstaking scrutiny.