It’s signed by Jane Espenson, Sasha Roiz, & Alessandra Torressani. According to the author, Bob Harris:
Last year, my dear friend Jane was running Caprica (the Battlestar Galactica prequel), and on the strength of my real-world travel writing and the country summaries in Who Hates Whom, she thought I’d be a good choice to devise backstories for the show’s planets (the “colonies of Kobol”), amplifying the existing tangential references in the original BSG into fuller political histories, giving Caprica’s writers an internal bible for consistency.
It’s a short book, based off of what was originally a pamphlet, with 2 pages for each colony. So I don’t know if I’d buy it if I were using my own money. but it’s definitely fun to own, read, and see what kind of material the writers are working with. It’s particularly cool since you know that it’s the same material that the writers got. And it’s interesting to see what’s going on with some of the Twelve Worlds we never hear about.
Some fun tidbits about lesser-known worlds:
Aquarion is a highly-cultured Iceland or Alaska. It’s very cold, mostly frozen, and barely populated, but the population that there is is quite social, barters a lot (artwork, songs, food, shelter…whatever they have), and deals with disruptive elements by simply shipping them offworld.
Leonis has mild and predictable weather because of its near-vertical planetary axis. It’s great for vacationing whether you’re planning to visit ski resorts in the mountains or the pleasure beaches.
Virgon has security forces known as “redshirts” because of their distinctive outfits. While the book doesn’t say anything else about them, I’m going to assume that these forces have a high casualty rate due to transporter malfunctions.
Short, fun, pretty.