29 October 2001
Hello everyone. Howís everyone doing? I canít tell
you how proud I am to not only be an American, but a
member of the human race. We are truly amazing creatures,
but it also seems that we humans are capable of both
untold horrors, and, at the same time, heroic and magnificient
accomplishments. I wish it didnít take such devastating
catastrophes to open our hearts and minds and remind
us that we are all in this together. In these past few
weeks, I have never seen so many acts of courage, selfless
caring and so-called ordinary human beings rising to
such extraordinary acts of kindness. Can you believe
total strangers saying hello to you on the street and
asking how you are and can they be of service? It was
amazing to see some of the icons of our business coming
off their ivory towers and showing us their hearts and,
in many cases, their pocket books. Wouldnít it be lovely
if we could continue to reach out to each other and
re-establish a real sense of community and cooperation
in this world, which as far as Iím concerned has been
disappearing over the last several decades?
I hope youíll forgive me, but before I get into Battlestar
Galactica stuff, I just felt it might be appropriate
to share a little about how the events of September
11 have affected so many of us. If you want to skip
my ramblings, then jump down a couple of paragraphs.
Iíll understand. Itís amazing how much our lives can
change in the blink of an eye. isnít it? I know my life
will never be the same. Iím pretty certain yours wonít
be either. Maybe, in some way, thatís a good thing since
we have all had to take a good look at our lives and
determine what we deem to be of real value. I donít
know about you, but I never realized how much my life
is run by fear and the need to prove myself worthy.
I know talking about fear or being fearful is not considered
a show of strength, but I have come to believe that
acknowledging fear and dealing with it in a positive
and constructive way is one of the major keys to living
oneís life in a more meaningful, fulfilling and successful
way. Fear is extremely prevalent these days and we are
all being forced to look it straight in the eye and
make some pretty courageous decisions concerning how
we are going to conduct the rest of our lives. I, for
one, have chosen after deep deliberation to just say
screw it and begin to live my life the way I have always
wanted to; to embrace the horror and go after my hearts
desire. What do I have to lose?
Iíve come to realize that I have lost so much already by hiding away, playing it safe, and never believing in myself enough to take any major risks in my life. When you come to realize that at any moment you could just buy it and be gone in an instant, you get the message that all we really have is today. Tomorrow may never come! If you love someone, tell them now. If you have something you really want to say, say it now! If you have always wanted to do something, do it now!! If you have an idea, concept or dream, please go out there and see whatís possible or you may never taste the joy of discovering that you can really do it! The Truth is: The more you accomplish in your life, the more you will have to give to those you love and value in the world. The more you can give the more you will receive. The world is in desperate need right now for all our diverse talents and abilities and believe me when I say that until we all stand up and be counted, the world will just continue getting worse and worse.
When you really think about it you realize that the
quality of your life is in direct proportion to your
willingness to step out of the comfort zone and take
committed action on that which you truly believe in.
Working on the Battlestar Galactica trailer taught
me that! I have never felt more alive or joyous than
when I was risking it all and going for it. At the same
time I was terrified of all the things that could go
wrong. Itís amazing what fear can do for you! You wake
up! Youíre more present, in the moment! You have to
be or you step off the cliff! I did things I never believed
possible during the shoot and the courage and confidence
I derived from the experience has led me to take on
even bigger challenges including putting together my
new Sci-Fi series entitled The Great War of Magellan.
In my experience I have learned that fear can make us
even more creative, dynamic and powerful if we are just
willing to stop running and face it, feel it fully and
use the incredible energy it generates to accomplish
amazing things in our lives. Itís amazing to discover
that when we are forced to find solutions to so called
impossible challenges, than somehow we find the courage
to dig deep and come up with the goods.
Right now, most of us are afraid of what might happen in the near future to all that we hold dear. The events of September 11th were horrible. The truth is, there has always been a million ways to buy it and they happen every day. Planes do go down. People have heart attacks. You step off a curb and wham! So, whatís different, except that maybe now we are being forced by such a major tragedy to realize that we have always been at risk; we just didnít realize it. The fact is we were more at risk before September 11th than after before. We were living our lives half asleep and going about our business, not seriously thinking that anything like this could ever happen to us. We were all too busy and involved in our own lifeís business to take heed of the warning signs. Thatís all changed now. Weíve had a serious wake up call and I think now that we are fully awake and attentive we will be able to prevent even worse things from happening. The truth is we minimize or eliminate risk when we are forced by fear to be more fully awake and taking full responsibility for our choices and actions. More people get hurt when they think they are safe and not paying attention than when they are in a supposedly dangerous situation. Iím sure you know that.
I guess what Iím trying to say is letís turn this tragedy into an opportunity to renew and regenerate our life and our world. Fear can become our friend and keep us on our toes so we can stop worrying about the little things and pay attention to whatís really important in our lives. As far as Iím concerned fear is not the problem. The way we deal with it is, and we have a powerful choice to make right now. To be or not to be! "To live or not to live; to get our life back on course and really go for it or always wonder what could have been." Let's reclaim the power we have given away to some deeply disturbed human beings and show them what courage and the American spirit really means. In the end, how honorably we lived our life and the courageous choices we made will make all the difference. It wonít really matter how long we lived; itíll just come down to what we know we truly accomplished with the years we were privileged and blessed with. Sorry to get so carried away, but Iím sure you can tell that these times are deeply affecting me.
As to Battlestar Galactica and whatís going
on I have to say this: Obviously we have all been in
the dark for some time. I believe the powers that be
have chosen to keep things quiet until they have lined
up all their ducks in a row and are ready to rumble.
That makes sense. Believe me, I have come to appreciate
on a very small level how difficult it is to put together
a project of the scope and size of Battlestar Galactica.
Iím sure that Tom DeSanto and Bryan Singer, along with
the rest of their team, are working overtime to get
it all together and bring you the best Battlestar
Galactica they are capable of.
In my experience, I have learned that it is very wise
to hold back information until you are absolutely certain
that everything is in place and you know what youíre
talking about. Iím also sure that they want to surprise
you with whatever theyíre doing. And that, of course,
is very difficult in this business. Whatever the case,
weíll all just have to wait and see what they come up
with. I, for one, have decided that no matter what happens,
I am not going to sit in judgment of what they feel
is the best course for the show. As I said before they
have earned the right to explore their own vision, although
I still feel in my heart that a classic like Battlestar
Galactica truly belongs to the fans that have believed
in and supported this show for the past twenty-three
years. You are the ones they have to satisfy if they
are to be successful. You have more power than
you know and I hope you will use it wisely.
My own opinions are well documented and now I think
it is time for all of you to speak your minds loud and
clear. Itís not about me, or my vision for the show
anyway. Itís about "what do you want to see? What is
most important to you?!" Once again I have done everything
in my power to bring this show back as have many of
you and Iím thankful for all your love, support and
tireless efforts. The issue is now that Universal has
decided to bring the show back with Tom and Bryan at
the helm it is only appropriate and honorable for me
to leave the fate of the show to the only people that
can make a difference in itís outcome and that is you
and them. Iím not going away and will always support
Battlestar Galactica in every way that I can
because I *believe* in it and want the *best*
As you know, I have fought long and hard for what
I believe are your wishes which include bringing back
the original cast with a new generation born in space,
plus an updated storyline. That may not be the direction
they decide to go in. To tell the truth, even if they
decided to just use me or Dirk, or a few of the other
stars, I donít know if I would be still be happy, because
in my heart, I would still feel as if the real Battlestar
still had not come back. Maybe thatís just hanging on
to the past, but I donít believe so, as I have seen
time and again fans of a particular classic cheer loudly
when they see their favorite stars back in their roles
again. But who knows? Even if they decide to go in another
direction and leave the original cast out entirely they
may still come up with a great show -- and I have to
respect that. It wonít be the Battlestar that
I and many others love, but it could still be a great
show in itís own right.
Itís just sad to me that the studio couldnít have decided to give the majority
of fans what they really want with the original cast
-- then do spin offs, like Star Trek did, later
on. In my mind, one would have laid the groundwork for
the others and have created a more fan-friendly bridge
to the future. Well, itís truly in your hands now. Sooner
or later, they will have to listen to you and take your
feelings into account.
Just know that no matter what happens, I am very pleased
that Battlestar Galactica is finally coming back
with such talented and visionary artist at the helm.
Iím not going to go into any additional explanations
right now about some of my feelings as I am going to
answer a lot of questions that have been given to me
by the fans in a special Q&A
section on my web sites. By the way, as far as I
know, they are planning to begin shooting the pilot
for a new series on or about December 11 for a period
of two months.
For those of you who have been trying to buy my third
Battlestar Galactica book, "ResurrectionĒ: I
have been told that it is sold out at many bookstores.
As far as I know they are back ordered and hopefully
the publisher will do a second printing. For those of
you have bought gold signed limited editions for my
first two books and want to get one for book three,
you should let me know as soon as possible as I only
have a limited number left. There may be more later,
but right now no one is sure. Additionally, my fourth
Battlestar Galactica novel, tentatively titled
"Revolution", is now being put together and should be
out in the spring.
Please check out my new The Great War of Magellan
web page (http://www.greatwarofmagellan.com)
where you can get a sneak preview of my new Sci-Fi project
which I have been working on for about two years now.
Iím in the editing stage and will be playing it shortly
after the New Year at a convention near you. In the
coming weeks, you will be seeing interviews with my
creative team and some shots from the trailer. Itís
such a relief to be working on a project that I own
and donít have to beg for the rights to.
It gives me the opportunity to gather together all the wonderful and talented writers, artists and actors that I have always wanted to work with. I canít tell you how much I have learned about life and the profound journey that we are all on these past several years. They say if you really want to grow quickly as a human being, then get married, start a business and have a child. Well, Iíve finally got the first and second part started, now I guess Iíll just have to wait for the right relationship to find me.
By the way, Iím still looking for artists, CGI guys
or ladies, plus writers. The best way to show your work
is to submit your stories for our Battlestar Galactica
anthology series. The same goes for the artists. Any
professional quality sci-fi art will do; just submit
it via our guidelines at BattlestarGalactica.com.
Who knows? Maybe weíll even post it on the web site,
Well thatís all for now. Iíll be talking to you soon.
Donít forget to check out the Q&A
section -- and if you have questions of your own
that are not answered, then let me know.
Remember: "Keep the faith!"