Jane Espenson was supposed to be showrunner for upcoming Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica on Syfy, but she chose to hand the reins to executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick so that she can focus on writing for the series, which she said is a dream for any sci-fi writer.
"All we have to do is backtrack what we know and create a livable, reasonable, interesting culture," she tells If Magazine. "For sci-fi writers, that's a dream - that's not a chore, that's fun."
Espenson, who has Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and BSG on her rather impressive resume, points out that it has been "shockingly easy" to write for Caprica, which essentially tells how and why Cylons were created and how humanity got itself into the harsh reality depicted on BSG. The writer mainly credits the "wonderful" 58-year cushion between the two series.
"You don't feel the need to set up stuff," she adds. "BSG was my last home before Caprica, and I still feel very much a part of that. Really, BSG's the mother ship."
As for Espenson's other current ventures, she's doing a five-book arc of the Buffy comics, which are all available. "I'm very proud of this particular batch. Joss handed me an amazing segment of story and gave me a lot of leeway to do what I wanted to do with it, and I think I may have finally cracked the formula for lots of action, not so much talk that works for a comic book. I may have finally got it."
Caprica kicks off January 22, although the pilot's been released via DVD last year and is available for screening on the SyFy website. It stars Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone, Esai Morales as Joseph Adama, Paula Malcomson as Amanda Graystone, and Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone, who appears on the show's first promo photos.