The Season-by-Season Guides
My five book series going behind the scenes of the ground-breaking science fiction television series, Babylon 5.
Now officially out of print, these can still be found online in various places. They’re not available in ebook form (sorry!) and it doesn’t matter how many people badger me about putting out an ebook edition, I’m afraid it’s out of my hands as the rights belong to the publisher (Boxtree) and to Warner Brothers.
I’ve pictured both the British covers and the US covers. People differ in opinion over which are best. Personally, I like the American covers (and it’s not just because they put my name in bigger print!), but I’m told the British ones are really cool because if you collect the whole set and put them on your shelf in order, a picture of the Babylon 5 space station is shown across the spines. In the following descriptions, the British covers are on the left and the American ones are on the right, because that’s the way we like to drive.
BABYLON 5: SEASON-BY-SEASON #1 — SIGNS AND PORTENTS
How Babylon 5 was born and grew through its first season, with comments on every single episode by J. Michael Straczynski and all the main cast.
Including a forward by Michael O’Hare (Commander Sinclair).
- “What a rush of creativity it was,” says Peter Jurasik, whose character of Londo provided the opening narration… “A flash of colour here and a dash of energy over here … The characters were emerging from the ground in front of your eyes.”
BABYLON 5: SEASON-BY-SEASON #2 – THE COMING OF SHADOWS
Babylon 5 makes a successful transition into the second season with a new lead actor. Series creator J. Michael Straczynski reveals his thoughts on every episode, with quotes from all the main cast.
Plus, making Babylon 5 on a budget.
- “Oh God, what a nightmare that one was!” says Bill Mumy, who plays Lennier. “It was hot. We had, like, ninety extras working… Somebody threw up in their mask… people were passing out from the heat!”
BABYLON 5: SEASON-BY-SEASON #3 – POINT OF NO RETURN
More behind the scenes revelations as Babylon 5 enters its third season, including an actor breaks his arm during a fight sequence and the whole film crew goes on strike.
Plus, creating Babylon 5’s special effects.
- “I knew something was wrong and I’m laying there going ‘Goddamn, this hurts’… I’m not sure if I’m going to throw up, shit in my pants, pass out or all of the above.”
BABYLON 5: SEASON-BY-SEASON #4 -NO SURRENDER, NO RETREAT
The cast reflect on some of the most dramatic moments for their characters as the drama mounts in Babylon 5’s forth season.
Plus, the process of taking an episode from script to screen.
- “That’s the day John Flinn damn near killed somebody,’” Bruce Boxleitner remembers. “I thought he was going to have a heart attack!”
BABYLON 5: SEASON-BY-SEASON #5 -THE WHEEL OF FIRE
Babylon 5 is saved from cancellation to complete its five year arc. Actors, directors and writer J. Michael Straczynski remember the creative process behind each episode.
Plus, how an episode makes it from script to screen.
- “This has been the greatest. I am very sad that it is over. I’m very proud to have been on it. This was a great place, a great bunch of people to work with, and you don’t get that very often.”