Stargate Atlantis: Meltdown

David A. McIntee


Sharon Gosling


Richard Dolmat


Richard Dolmat

Cover artist

Alex Mallinson

Publication information

Big Finish Productions

Release date

October 30 2009

Media type





60 min, approx



General information

Stargate: Atlantis (Big Finish)

Preceded by

Stargate SG-1: Lines of Communication

Followed by

Stargate SG-1: Half Life

Stargate Atlantis: Meltdown, originally entitled Stargate Atlantis: Counterpoint, is an audiobook by Big Finish Productions, which was written by David A. McIntee.

Publishers SummaryEdit

“I am a scientist, not a soldier. I always wanted to make things, and discover things, and find out important stuff about the universe and our place in it. I never wanted to end things. I especially never wanted to end the lives of people.”

An off-world mission goes awry for Dr Radek Zelenka when he finds himself trapped in a decrepit Genii power station. Cut off from the rest of his team and from communication with Atlantis, his only hope for survival is opening a dialogue with the enemy. But will he be able to do that before a catastrophic nuclear meltdown?

Authors NoteEdit

Why a Zelenka story? Cos he's cool.

No, really; so many of the scientist characters in SF are really one-note characters. They have brains, knowledge of absolutely everything, and a quirk that tends to define the character, and that's it.

Zelenka doesn't, because he worked his way up from the ranks. Up from a bit-part player for McKay to be snarky with, to a scene-stealing, always surprising and watchable, support. And finally to a character who can hold a show together.

His background's a bit of an interesting mystery, he doesn't always get everything right, and that makes him more real. And being more real makes him more interesting.

A lot of this - given that the role was very small to start with - is down to David Nykl, who has taken this bit-part character and stolen scenes, made him watchable and brought him to the point where he can carry a show on his own and make it fabulous...

That's why a Zelenka story.

Chronological PlacementEdit

This story is set during season 2 of Stargate Atlantis, shortly before Coup D'etat.


CD ExtrasEdit

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