Before I get too deep, I wanted to tell everyone what's up, where my thinking is, etc., when it comes to the story of CoK and how it will be presented.
As I've stated before, there will be sixteen separate books contained in three different volumes. Volume One is about establishing this part of the universe (Cylon Earth and the founding of the Twelve Colonies). Volume Two is primarily about the Virgon Empire, an unmentioned part of Colonial history that plays a huge, thousand-year role in the Colonies becoming what they are. Volume Three is about the revolutions that lead to the Cylon War and then the Fall of the Colonies.
Obviously, this trilogy is a sequel to Lords of Kobol and, largely, a prequel to both Battlestar Galactica and Caprica. Basically, I'm filling in the blanks of the history of the "Kobolverse" or "BSGverse."
Since the books span multiple thousands of years, I needed a common thread. In Lords of Kobol, it was easy because I had the Olympians themselves. They were immortal. But I had a realization a while back ... the primary characters throughout the Kobolverse are the Messengers of The One True God. Those two "angels" are there on Larsa, through Kobol, on Earth I, in the Colonies, in the Fleet, and on Earth II. Their mission is the survival of humanity and preservation of life (including Cylons). They embody the themes of the show and the books. Making them the central characters was an easy choice. But despite their centrality, they're also background figures.
Let me diverge for a second and talk about fan fiction. Yes, my books are fan fiction by definition. Official channels passed on them, yet I published them anyway. A common trap in fan fiction is the use of known characters (from a film or TV show), as well as the insertion of the author into the work. Also, it's common for the fan fiction to get "cute" when it comes to inserting certain characters in unlikely events or introducing someone's grandaddy when it's not necessary. Throughout Lords of Kobol, I believe I avoided these traps.
In Colonies, as I get closer to the "current" era of the TV shows, I have to involve the characters we already know. I intend to do so sparingly and with reverence to how they're portrayed on screen. (The Final Five, for example, are the central figures in Book One: Earth so I didn't have much of a choice in avoiding them.) There will be no author insertion. There will be no "cuteness," if I can help it.
There are, however, elements of the story I want to tell that don't fall into the normal frame of the larger tale. Meaning, there are subplots in the series that don't have to do with the survival of mankind, but I'd still like to talk about them. Plus, there are certain characters from the show that I'd like to revisit. I'd like to talk to Baltar or Zarek or any number of others. I want to get their perspectives on all that happened.
I had an epiphany about that.
Read more after the JUMP.
I came up with the "interviews."
The Messengers of The One True God, when they take the form of someone, embody the memories and personality of the person they're imitating. We've seen this in the show, but more extensively, we've seen it in all four books of Lords of Kobol. The angels "become" the person they're emulating in an effort to sway or guide their "target," the person they're using to do the will of "God."
In CoK, I've decided to use these "interviews" as a way for the angels to gauge who among the Kobolverse's past can help them in their endeavors. By embodying the memories and personality of Pythia, for example, can the Messengers alter the course of future events? Or can they just take inspiration from certain elements of Pythia's personality? So, the tenders talk to characters we know from the series or from the books in an effort to see what they think about what happened around them. In this way, we can get into the heads of favored characters, get their perspectives, and more.
Each book will include an "interview" or two or three. Here's one from the book I've finished, Earth: