The Triumph of Babylon 5

The Science Fiction Classic and Its Long Twilight Struggles

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About the Book

Babylon 5 revolutionized genre television. First aired in 1993, the space opera series is highly respected for everything it was trying to achieve on television at a time when Star Trek was king. Its use of story arcs and long-form storytelling in science fiction can be felt in everything from Battlestar Galactica to Lost and The Expanse.  So much of its legacy has been about its struggle to survive. From the rivalry between Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, to the collapse of the Prime Time Entertainment Network, the cancellation of spin-off series, and the failed big screen attempts, the behind-the-scenes details on Babylon 5 are as fascinating as anything we got on screen.
This work explores the complex history of Babylon 5, the career of showrunner J. Michael Straczynski, and the behind-the-scenes drama to stay on air, with many attempts to continue the franchise. Featuring interviews with cast members from the podcast A Dream Given Form, a foreword from Patricia Tallman (Lyta), and an exclusive chat with Peter Jurasik (Londo), this book gives the reader insights into what it was like to be part of Babylon 5, chronicling the show’s highs and lows and examining the legacy it left behind in genre television.

About the Author(s)

Baz Greenland has written several published works and for numerous websites. He lives in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Bibliographic Details

Baz Greenland
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9240-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5144-6
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“This book from Baz Greenland promises to be a love letter to the series I was so fortunate to be a part of. Babylon 5 was a wild and wonderful ride; full of friendships, drama, lots of laughter, confusion, astonishing performances, network nightmares, and a lifelong indelible association with a world both looking forward and over the shoulder. One of the biggest gifts from Babylon 5 is the creative endeavors it has sparked, like this book. If you want more insights into what it took to create and produce this groundbreaking show, you’ll devour this book. Thank you to Baz, and to all the fans that have loved Babylon 5 and been so embracing to all of us from the show.”—Patricia Tallman, actress, stunt performer and studio executive