on 13 December 1997
Despite containing little (nothing?) that is new to regular visitors to the Lurker's Guide and other on-line B5 resources, this little tome brings it all together in a easy to reference book that can be carried with you if needed.
The only flaw, as has been mentioned in other eviews, is its history - covering only the first two seasons. It does this well however and enables us to find out what even a delicately adjusted PAUSE on the VCR fails to reveal in the way of newspaper articles/headlines etc.
If/When a revision is brought out it will make one of the most useful reference works available.
btw - for the previous review, vocabulary aside the term used in the episode WAS anti-agapic! Maybe jms erred somehwere!!
on 26 October 1998
Not much to say really. This book really covers everything a Babylon 5 index should hold: facts, names, dates, people, tribes & races, spacecraft, the works. What can only be suggested to the author and the publishing company is that a re-print is not a new edition, so people who have bought the previous edition do not need to buy the same book twice. Also a required reading for all Babylon 5 fans, together with the Andy Lane guide.
on 28 January 1997
This book is a British production, continuing the
tradition of "Babylon 5" being more popular abroad
than at home. This shows in its odd size and poor
production -- not that British books are necessarily
inferior to American, but at this present time the
British seem to have a lower minimum standard. Its
origin is also occasionally betrayed by such
locutions as "baseball pitch". (That's a
"baseball field" to us colonials.)
The book is thorough, although somewhat dated,
covering the show only through "A Day in the Strife"
(although an attempt was made to add one fact from
"Voices of Authority", but so hurriedly as to create
the book's single greatest howler). It also covers
the first four original paperback novels and all 11
issues of the first DC comic book series.
Most of the faults in the book seem to have been
made in typesetting. However, the author alone must
be blamed for the many references to Jha'dur's
immortality serum as an "anti-agapic"; the word,
of course, is "anti-agathic". (An "anti-agapic" is
a drug that makes Christians suddenly vote
All these faults, and others, aside, this book
is, at present, without competition in hardcopy.
There are better resources on-line, but none are so
easily portable. I do not regret owning a copy, and, given the tremendous effort that has clearly
put into it, let us hope that the author will have
just a little more time for checking the galleys
before the second edition (and I, for one, would be
willing to buy it) goes to press.