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Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from Aknien
Oh my god! That was an awesome story! Thank you for giving me hours of fun and feels :D
Review By [Aknien] • Date [14 Sep 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from RevDorothyL
I just re-read this again, and was impressed all over again at how much more sense your ending made than the canon ending for the series.

Spike was so right to be appalled at the craziness of the Cylons having committed NEAR-genocide only in order to make sure that their genes (through one single child) became part of the limited gene-pool left to humanity, and yet that's pretty much what the series creators would have us believe a supposedly sane God (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) had intended as the purpose for everything that had happened -- for Hera to become the s0-called mitochodrial Eve and become the ancestor of all modern humans on this earth today. Oy vey! :)
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [7 May 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
Wonderfully written. Your Spike voice is spot on. This is the first Battlestar Galactica fic I've managed to complete, the previous one almost put me off the genre. That show, like Buffy is incredibly well thought out and in the wrong hands it was a true frack up. This one, on the other hand worked really well.

I do wish the other Bill had lived, but that was interesting, making him Cylon. Your take on the president being the strongest person in the fleet was right on and you conveyed her well.

I really did NOT miss 'fake earth' or dead Dualla. Thank you.

I'm dying of curiosity about what was the final end of your Cylons... at least the sixes and the other eights... really not hoping for good things for the Cavils... never trust a Cavil. Cockroach indeed! The universe needs Cavils the way the earth needed Hitler. Ugh.

I really hope you've written other stories because I'm hooked on your intelligent, funny, moving writing.


/end gush.
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [26 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from ShayneT
Really enjoyed this one. Keep up the good work!
Review By [ShayneT] • Date [29 May 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from krycekov
Wonderful! I loved this! I hope you'll consider a sequel.
Review By [krycekov] • Date [30 Dec 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from Leda
Very, very goood!
Review By [Leda] • Date [25 Nov 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Spike of Earth" from Prometeus
I'm enjoying the story though you've got details about space pretty wrong.

First of all, people don't freeze in space. Space is pretty much a perfect insulator. It's used in some thermos bottles and double paned windows for exactly that reason. Unless you touch something that's already cold like a rock to enable conduction to flow heat out, you'll stay warm for a very long time. Heat radiating out isn't a big problem. It would take *an hour* for a human being, or other creature with similar metabolism, to lose enough heat in deep space to fall into a coma.

Second of all, if you're in a solar system then heat radiating IN is a huge problem. You'll heat UP more than you'll freeze assuming you're at all exposed to the sun. That's why spaceships and space habitats have huge honking radiators. And a starship that was running would likely have its outsides be a nice balmy 300 kelvin, the same temperature as its insides because of thermal equilibrium. In other words, your hand won't freeze to it like glue.

Thirdly, just because you don't freeze for a very long time in space doesn't mean that your depiction was compleely wrong. You DO lose air very rapidly, to the point of exploded blood vessels as the air in them bubbles away. You also lose water. And this water you lose is moisture in the rapidly expanding air that is your breath. In other words, the moisture in your breath flash freezes and frosts nearby surfaces, assuming there are any since it's not going to get reflected back onto your face.

Point is, *your breath* is going to freeze because your breath is in an *expanding gas* but your body isn't an expanding gas so it's not gonna freeze because *space isn't cold*. Think about it, what are igloos made of? They're made of snow, because it's a good insulator.

Finally, and most importantly Stars Don't Twinkle. That's an atmospheric effect caused by air currents and dust particles. In space, stars are as steady and clear as searchlights.

An excellent resourced for all your realistic scifi needs is (Bad Astronomy and Universe Today forum) and especially (Atomic Rockets) though you'll be disappointed to learn that spacewar is pretty much impossible / too unbelievably stupid to contemplate. Then again, so are aliens and FTL drives and near-lightspeed drives are a solved problem.
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [6 Apr 10] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from Dapsy
That was great, never was much of fics featuring Spike... not a main thing anyways, but darn... this was a good one.
Review By [Dapsy] • Date [4 Apr 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from TheatricalBarrister
Great ending.
Review By [TheatricalBarrister] • Date [18 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galactica" from TheatricalBarrister
LOL! Although, with all of Spike's Hitchhiker references, I'm surprised he didn't know that he should convince Adama and Roslin he was a "hoopy frood", not a "froopy dude". Very entertaining!
Review By [TheatricalBarrister] • Date [18 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from (Past Donor)Mari
I’ve been reading your Spuffy for years.
Some has brought me near tears.
So with excitement I read
And often laughed off my head
Thinking Spike was a god?
Well, that was a little odd.
So many parts were such fun,
I can’t list each and every one
Spike wondering about a fish
To make it easier to dish
Referencing Adams, and Gordan, and Crichton,
It’s obvious Spike had his nerd-on.
The Cylons taking along Gaius?
Now this, I with much bias
For me, that end, it did fit
For he always put me in a snit
Although Spike did regret
The Colonists won’t forget
With cheer, the ending I’ll take--
Buffy, Spike, decoy, and a stake.
If you should decide to sequal,
I'm sure it won't have an equal.
Review By [(Past Donor)Mari] • Date [14 Mar 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from PSchri
This is an awesome story!!! You had a very unique plot, and you portrayed the characters very well, I could understand their motivations, and see it happening. Thanks for sharing your story with us!
Review By [PSchri] • Date [10 Mar 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from loyaleskamoe
I didn't really like Adama as a Cylon. That might have something to do with my man-crush for him, so whatever. Also it felt to me like everything wrapped up in the end there just a little too neatly for my tastes.

On the whole, however, I found your interpretation of Spike to be absolutely awesome. I really liked his dialogue and how he kept on sprouting out earth pop culture references, furthering his self-comparison to John Crichton.

For the most part the characterizations of the Galactica crew were fairly good. I really thought that, despite my personal opinion of the ending, this was an all around enjoyable fic. One that I'll look forward to rereading some time. If only to see if said opinions are still the same in the future. I'd also like to read a sequel. That might be fun.


P.S. Also I loved the chapter titles. The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galactica being my favorite. Followed very closely by Babel On, Three. Awesome. Simply awesome.
Review By [loyaleskamoe] • Date [1 Feb 09] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from (Past Donor)zephyrRS
I so very much enjoyed this story! Thank you!
Review By [(Past Donor)zephyrRS] • Date [11 Jan 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Planet of the Eights" from MistofRainbows
I think it would be sort of interesting if the toasters made it into his dimension. Would put a crink in things. Or if say 20% of them did. Thanks for the story though.
Review By [MistofRainbows] • Date [11 Jan 09] • Not Rated
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