A A-Z Guide to Babylon 5

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The highly rated, award-winning sci-fi hit Babylon 5 has captured the imaginations of millions of fans. Now, every detail of the show, from characters to concept, is highlighted and explained in this exciting encyclopedic reference. Fans can easily identify the five major races on board the station—humans, Minbari, Centauri, Narn and Vorlons—keep track of treaties, discover the technical workings of the station, and much, much more.
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Overview

The highly rated, award-winning sci-fi hit Babylon 5 has captured the imaginations of millions of fans. Now, every detail of the show, from characters to concept, is highlighted and explained in this exciting encyclopedic reference. Fans can easily identify the five major races on board the station—humans, Minbari, Centauri, Narn and Vorlons—keep track of treaties, discover the technical workings of the station, and much, much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440223856
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/1997
  • Series: Babylon 5 Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.21 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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Sentauro
Arguably a giant of Centauri opera and one of Vir Kotto's favorite singers. (KNIVES)

Shadows, The
The oldest race, the Shadows predate even the First Ones. They fought the First Ones from the dawn of time until they were defeated in a Great War, which took place in the middle of the 13th century. A thousand years later, they began to rebuild their forces.

The Shadows are four-legged, spidery creatures. They have many servants, including the Soldiers of Darkness. The Shadows cannot be seen by Humans and most aliens, because the creatures are beyond their normal range of perception. However, they can be detected by telepaths.

They are based on the Rim and inhabit such worlds as Z'ha'dum. (REVELATIONS, Z'HA'DUM)

Unsurprisingly, their technology is extremely advanced.

Shadow ships are huge, big-organic, spidery vessels and their larger craft can separate into two vessels during attacks. Their ships are equipped with a cloaking device and a powerful beam that can slice through other ships with ease. (TWILIGHT)

Once a Shadow ship targets an opponent, it never stops, slows down or gives up until it has caught or destroyed the ship. When the Shadows don't recognize an opponent they will try to disable ships and board them. (MATTERS)

The Shadows are aware that they lost the Great War because they moved too quickly. Consequently, they began to rebuild their forces slowly and quietly during the mid-23rd century. (Z'HA'DUM)

The Shadows prefer to work behind the scenes and manipulate others into fighting and destroying their enemies, rather than joining the battle themselves (SURVIVAL). As a result,they have forged ties with such groups as the Psi Corps and the Centauri Republic whilst they continue to pursue their own plans (SIGNS, CHRYSALIS, SHADOWS, MATTERS).

Shag Toth
Minbari name for a Soul Hunter. (SOUL)

Shai Alyt
Title given to Minbari captains. (LEGACIES, DEPARTURE)

Shakespeare Corporation
When it wanted to bring fingal eggs to Babylon 5 in 2258, they were stopped by Garibaldi as a "serious hazard" to station security. (BELIEVERS)

Shar, Mila
Head of agricultural delegation from Abbai 4. She was keen to see Babylon 5's acclaimed hydroponics system, but was also worried about the series of Homeguard attacks against aliens. She was subsequently captured by Homeguard, but saved by Commander Sinclair and Lieutenant-commander Ivanova. Played by Diane Adair. (PRAYER)
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