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December 2002 Newsletter

Well, hello everyone and welcome to the holiday season. I just want to wish you all this year the very best that life has to offer. I wish for you that your deepest and most heartfelt dreams would finally come to fruition this year! I don’t know about you, but I just love Christmas. I know it can also bring up a lot of sadness, unresolved emotions and agendas. I find that if one can just take this holiday season as an opportunity to heal old wounds, forgive ourselves and those we love, then this can be the most meaningful and life affirming time of the year for everyone. Just know that we at, including Michael Faries and myself, believe in you and send tons of love, honor and respect your way. We wish you sincere thanks for all your support and contributions to our continuing effort to resurrect and evolve the “Battlestar Galactica” that we have all grown to love and cherish over the past 25 years.

I know that many of you out there are dismayed and anguished at what you’re hearing from the powers that be about the direction the new Battlestar Galactica series is taking, but please, don’t give up hope! Life is full of miracles! I’ve seen things turn on a dime! My heartfelt wish this Christmas is: Those who are deciding the fate and direction of Battlestar Galactica at this very moment would just take a long and deep pause to reflect about a particular story, movie or series that they might have fallen in love with, oh so many years ago, and remember how profoundly it touched their hearts, minds and souls.

And then I would ask they put themselves in the minds and hearts of the fans they once were, and think about how betrayed and violating it was to see a story they fell in love with altered and rearranged to someone else’s liking.

Once again, it is beyond belief to me and makes no business sense whatsoever to slap and step on the very fans one should be serving, especially if one truly wants to succeed! I know the Star Trek fans are both grateful and beholding to Paramount for being insightful enough to remember where they came from. They honored and paid homage to those that helped support their success and maintain their jobs. I know the new producers and writers have a daunting task ahead of them. I can also hope that a Christmas miracle would open their hearts and remind them that all of us in show business are all here to serve, entertain and uplift the public -- the public that has made our very jobs and quality of life possible.

Onwards and upwards: I know many of you have been asking about the 25th Yahren fan anniversary of Battlestar Galactica. Well, I’m here to tell you that a wonderful team is finally in place and moving forward in that regard. Confirmations, date and location will be forthcoming. We’re asking all of you to help us locate all the stars, guest stars, extras, technicians, producers, writers and directors of the original series. We know you’re out there, so please contact us at and for the time being and give us your information, or help us find those that participated in the show in any way so we can invite them to come on board and help us create the most memorable, fun and moving Battlestar Galactica convention event ever!

The event team is also asking for help in putting out the word for this mega event, so tell your friends, family members and fellow fans. Spread the good news! Again, do let us know what your skills and abilities are and what you might be able to contribute to this event so we can get in touch with you. We’re also looking for artists, editors, entertainers, etc., to help us put on a mega super show on Saturday night. (In fact, Michael, myself and others are working on a few top secret fan projects of our own, so you won't want to miss the event! We definitely encourage many more contributions, too!)

This is one event you will want to make plans ahead for. This may be the largest-ever turn out of Battlestar Galactica stars, production people and crews ever, so get in and sign up early because this is a limited one-time only event.

When details are available, including the hotel listing, we’re going ask all of you to please make reservations to stay at the hotel, even if you live in the surrounding area. There will be many exciting late night events and parties which you will definitely not want to miss! We also don’t want anyone driving home a little juiced and getting into any accidents!

Stay tuned to for further details and updates on this wonderful event.

As to the next Battlestar Galactica novel, “Paradise,” both myself and my new writing partner, Brad Linaweaver, are putting a lot of effort into bringing you the most heartfelt and exciting story ever. This is a continuation of the ongoing storyline and holds many revelations and surprises about the destiny of the colonial fleet, and it’s profound journey to find the mystical 13th tribe and Earth! It will be coming out spring 2003. My web site,, will have information on ordering your very own Gold signed edition. Order them early as these novels have sold out extremely quickly in the past.

Last, but not least, I have been working very hard this past two years putting together my new production company to produce quality and cutting edge sci-fi series, games and movies. Our first project entitled Magellan is well into pre-production and a theatrical style movie trailer of Magellan will be completed early this coming year. We will finally be screening this trailer at a convention near you, so please stay tuned for locations and times. You can presently view this exciting new series at

Until next time keep the faith and remember all for one, and one for all. We’re all in this together!


Richard Hatch


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