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February 21st, 2005, 03:50 PM

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"Battlestar Galactica / Planet of the Apes Crossover"

BST :)

February 22nd, 2005, 01:34 AM
Thats a very intresting crossover, I will be reading that soon in greater detail , so far I like your style and approch :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Eric Paddon
February 23rd, 2005, 07:56 AM
Thank you! Of all the fanfic stories I've ever written, this was the most ambitious one, taking more than two years but it was worth it because for years I always wanted to write an alternate story after the first POTA movie because I hated the story directions the sequels took. But it was so hard coming up with a purely original story that I then suddenly one day realized that a Galactica crossover solved my problem, and this was the end result.

Looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts!

March 8th, 2005, 02:34 AM
Eric, basically, it deserves a sequel. This is too well done to not continue. The idea of the folks oln Terra being refugees from Earth, instead of dropouts from the 13th Tribe's original voyage, begs investigation.
And Apollo and Sheba's grandkid... this will be interesting.

March 8th, 2005, 06:35 AM
very nice!

March 8th, 2005, 07:16 AM
I agree with Senmut "sequel"

March 9th, 2005, 08:13 PM
WILL Hera's kid be able to talk? How will ape civilization respond to advanced Colonila tech? Mmmmmmmmmm, lots of interesting paths.

Eric Paddon
March 13th, 2005, 05:09 PM
Thanks for all of your comments. I did start a sequel to this once, but it has been stuck at about 15 pages written for the last three years because while I have an idea of the story I can't summon the motivation to write it. Part of the problem is that the ending of the first story is meant to leave open so many possibilities to the imagination that it's hard to come up with a truly definitive idea of where to go next.

Those who want to see what I attempted to do are free to e-mail me and get a copy.

Darrell Lawrence
March 13th, 2005, 06:18 PM
Can the apes PLEASE cook Dr. Z in a pot of boiling water and eat him for brain snacks in a sequel? :D

March 13th, 2005, 10:52 PM
Wouldn't work on Gorillas, Warrior. They have no real brains...

March 13th, 2005, 11:08 PM
Seriously, I doubt someone like Dr. Zee could interact in any meaningful way with the Apes. He has spent all his life, except for a few centars, aboard highly advanced spacecraft, and probably wouldn't have a clue about anything in a pre-electronic culture like that of Ape City. Sure, he's smart, but he'd have to spend ALOT of time in a primative setting to even begin to make sense of it all.

May 19th, 2005, 08:05 PM
I agree with Sen and Taranis----sequel! And may the Muses visit you often to aid you!

Were you stationed at Plattsburgh AFB? Griffis and Pease were probably closer to NYC than PAFB. Although it probably would be easier going from Plattsburgh. Just hop on the interstate and you're on a direct route (even after a nuclear holocaust).

Eric Paddon
May 19th, 2005, 08:48 PM
Thank you! And no, I've never been near an AFB in my life and just picked out one that I figured would be distant enough from NYC to escape destruction, but would also be important enough to have been a place where such a big piece of weaponry was kept.

October 22nd, 2005, 04:47 PM


I'm just starting Chapter 7 and realize that I've only scratched the surface but, this is really good!!


Eric Paddon
October 22nd, 2005, 05:06 PM
Thanks! :)

October 23rd, 2005, 06:59 PM

I just finished the story. Once I picked up, today, with where I had left off yesterday, I couldn't stop reading.


My sincerest congratulations to you, as you have woven an absolutely incredible story out of the threads of Galactica and Planet of the Apes. Also, as an unbelievable side benefit, you even gave plausability to one of the least enjoyed storylines of TOS.

Very, very well done!!

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:



Eric Paddon
October 23rd, 2005, 07:53 PM
Thanks so much, Pete! I think in some 13 years of writing fanfic stories, that one has always been my personal favorite project, largely because it gave me a way to not just do the only kind of crossover story I'd feel competent to do, but to also give me a more upbeat future to the events following the first POTA movie. The second movie was such a terrible downer and I never found too much to enjoy in the movies following that one.

Glad you liked my solution to the Terra problem as well. :)

October 31st, 2005, 02:20 PM
Well, it was certainly Taylor-made for this forum.

October 31st, 2005, 02:22 PM
Well, it was certainly Taylor-made for this forum.


Not bad, Sen....not bad.


October 31st, 2005, 06:13 PM
By George, I think you are right.

November 14th, 2005, 06:33 PM
Your turn, BST.


November 14th, 2005, 07:52 PM
Your turn, BST.


I'm thinkin'....... ;)

January 20th, 2006, 09:54 PM
It's taken this long??????

Eric Paddon
January 20th, 2006, 09:58 PM
He's gone into the hibernation mode that Taylor and all the other astronauts were in at one time. :)

January 23rd, 2006, 03:37 PM
Either that, or Dr. Zaius and the "surgeons" got to him.

March 11th, 2006, 03:25 PM

Eric Paddon
March 11th, 2006, 03:49 PM
Much appreciated!

May 23rd, 2006, 05:41 AM
How do I get a copy of this when I cant even select a users name as it comes up with some admin thing, please email me at links@jf3000.com

May 23rd, 2006, 02:04 PM
How do I get a copy of this when I cant even select a users name as it comes up with some admin thing, please email me at links@jf3000.com


FYI - clicking on a person's name opens up a drop-down menu which gives various options.

To read the BSG / POTA story --

Go to this thread:

Battlestar Galactica / Planet of the Apes Crossover (http://www.colonialfleets.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9577)

Then, scroll down the page, to the 2nd post. The story begins there and is arranged in "Chapter" order. Click on the chapter and go from there.

Happy reading!



October 24th, 2006, 09:09 PM

Eric Paddon
October 25th, 2006, 12:44 PM
Many thanks!

To those who in the past asked about a sequel to this. Believe me, I've never totally abandoned the idea but if you can think of it as a long-term idea, maybe someday there can be some momentum at last on that front. Will post updates on that whenever I get on-track with that again.

September 5th, 2009, 11:56 PM
Yes! Sequel! Hint, hint!

Eric Paddon
September 7th, 2009, 08:57 PM
Alas, what I wrote on March 13, 2005 in this thread is still true today.

September 7th, 2009, 10:13 PM
A feeble excuse for failure!

Eric Paddon
September 7th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Seriously though, I think it's become a case where there isn't a story to tell that could do justice to the concept plus there's the lack of a "What do I want to make happen?" incentive motive for a sequel that I had with the original. In the original there was this burning desire to "reimagine" the world of POTA as it could have been done after the first movie, and to use the world of Galactica as the vehicle for my coming up with a more upbeat future for the POTA universe than the original film series gave us. Now that I accomplished this goal after taking about two to three years to write the story, I'd have to not only come up with not just a new exciting motivation, but also a story that would have to be equally epic in scope, and that's at this stage of life too tall an order.

There's also one other plot development that took place in the original that also I think dampens the ability to do an effective sequel but I shan't reveal that for the benefit of those who still need to give the story a look. :)

April 17th, 2014, 10:53 AM
I am totally engrossed. Up to chapter 7 so far, and your understanding of both the Battlestar and the Planet of the Apes universes and characters is incredible! I am taking my time with this; savoring every page. Amazing!

Eric Paddon
April 17th, 2014, 09:39 PM
Thanks, Jayworld! Glad you're enjoying it.

April 22nd, 2014, 03:16 PM
Just finished your work; incredible fiction. You captured the characterization of the many players so accurately, both the Apes cast and the Battlestar cast. I especially liked your handling of the Apes cast, and felt that your ending was so appropriate with George Taylor as the major focus. I always felt that we were "cheated" as Apes fans from the second movie, especially when Charlton Heston refused to do a sequel unless he was killed off at the beginning of the movie (this was later compromised with his agent to have him appear at the beginning and then die at the end). Unlike the Apes films, which Heston so wisely foretold as being "Stories about the Apes" with more sequels, your work focused on Ape Society, Colonial Society, and the struggle of the 20th century astronauts to acclimate in a foreign, future world.
Your handling of Baltar's character was also perfect, and I liked the handling of the "new" astronaut characters, as well as the focus on Boxey, Hera, Cree, etc. in the Colonial "next gen".
Fantastic work that SHOULD be made into a movie (albeit impossible now), but worthy nonetheless.

Eric Paddon
April 22nd, 2014, 03:52 PM
Thanks again, Jayworld! I agree, I always felt gypped by what happened in "Beneath" too because Taylor and Nova were the focal points for me coming off the first movie. It was there story that deserved to be continued and Beneath alas failed on that level and once the other sequels shifted the focal point to the apes they were less interesting for me. So this was a chance to do a better follow-up to the first film than what we got (and also come up with a nice answer of explaining my least favorite Galactica episodes!).

April 22nd, 2014, 04:01 PM
One wonders how the apes will react to all the advanced thech from the Colonials.

April 23rd, 2014, 08:41 AM
Lots of interesting ways for Eric to go with a "sequel", including what happened to Ursus and will he pose a threat to Ape City? How does Urko (very minor character in Eric's novel) fit into future events? Will the Apes be able to work with the humans to increase technology? How will the primitives continually adapt? What happens to the Galactica as she and the accompanying ships journey to Terra?

April 24th, 2014, 02:11 AM
Oh, EP?????????????????????????????? ;)

April 24th, 2014, 07:49 AM
Have you thought about forwarding this to Fraser Heston? I'm sure he would like to read it, especially since Taylor's character was crafted by his dad. You can contact him through Agamemnon Films at:

Fraser can be contacted through the address on the website, and he does respond (got an autograph from him several years ago). Try to write him in care of:

Agamemnon Films
650 N. Bronson Ave. B225
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Just a thought...

Eric Paddon
April 30th, 2014, 12:34 PM
Appreciate again the kind feedback, Jayworld.

No sequel will be forthcoming because long ago I realized that to do one justice without ultimately diminishing the magnitude of the original, it would have be a sweeping tale just as long as the original and there just isn't any concept I can think of that could interest me there. There was an excitement to writing this story since I had the luxury of rebuilding the flawed POTA universe from the ground up which was the really fun part of the whole thing which was why I let myself take so much time and caused the whole thing to expand like crazy. I have never written a single story even one half the length this one turned out to be. Probably if I'd been doing a series of short stories at the time, it would have been easier to carry the momentum.

I do recognize that there are interesting possibilities one can envision, but sometimes the beauty of a story can be letting the mind just envision those things (provided you haven't cheated the reader with a cliffhanger before and your main story has a "clean" ending).

Plus, I'll admit there's the time element. This story took up three years of my life when I was a third younger than I am now and I couldn't begin to imagine how much time trying something similar when the incentive factor isn't there to the same degree.