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July 22, 2004

Babylon 5 data

The Babylon stations are great examples of the monumental architecture afforded in space. A Babylon 5 station map needs a description of its various sectors as well as an elevation view.

Babylon 5 is the last of the Babylon stations. After the loss of Babylon 4, the station was left with a minimal budget. Even with additional alien funding, the Earth Alliance kept looking for ways to reduce their financial commitment. Babylon 5 is a marvel of human engineering. It is a cylindrical construct nearly five miles long with a maximum capacity of 250,000 beings. While the interior rotates for a gravity positive environment, the spine of the station, housing the zero-g docking bays, and the fusion reactor, are relatively stationary. Framing the rear of the station are the blue internal heat radiator fins.

A time line of the Babylon 5 universe. Other sources include lists of B5 prophecies, Earth Alliance planets and a map of the B5 galaxy (all courtesy of the Babylon 5 History Page).

"Assuming it means anything!
Signs, portents, dreams
next we'll be reading tea-leaves
and chicken entrails!"

Captain John Sheridan

Finally, a list of references to other science fiction in J. Michael Straczynski's Bablyon 5 comes to you via "the internet". My favourite is the as yet to be written Harlan Ellison biography.

Not everything in this show is a reference to some other show. We do have some interest in doing our *own* story, rather than nodding to every series on the face of the planet, and not all concepts started in the other shows that used them.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 22, 2004 08:41 AM

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I find it humourous that B5 evidently had as much problems with astronomical distance issues as ST, although I'm relieved that Strazynski seemed to at least acknowledge the problem instead of the ST approach of "don't ask, don't tell".

Posted by: Kelvin at July 22, 2004 11:59 AM