Babylon 5 - In the Beginning by Peter David. Babylon 5 created by J. Michael Straczynski.
"I was there, at the dawn of the third age of mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257 with the founding of the last of the Babylon stations."
In 1993, a TV series with the title "Babylon 5" quietly debuted on TNT. It spread mainly via word of mouth, and soon garnered a huge following, being called "Some of the most intelligent science fiction on television" by Newsweek. It was certainly a thought provoking series, and nothing was ever quite was it seemed. Political intrigue, conspiracy, deceit, betrayal, honour, courage and bravery were dished out in liberal amounts.
A little history, for those of us who do not remember the series. Babylon 5 was a giant space station, located in neutral space, as a meeting point for all the races of the galaxy to trade and meet and parley. After the Human-Minbari war, the Babylon station was created as "the last great hope for peace". There certainly was a very interesting cast of characters, all of whom had a past, and some of whom were destined for greatness. The first three Babylon stations were destroyed during construction, and Babylon 4 disappeared from known space shortly after the station was commissioned.
During the course of the series, which ended after 5 seasons, several references were made to the history of the characters. Events such as 'The Battle of the Line" and the first contact between the Minbari and Humans. Characters such as Londo Mollari and G'Kar were seen interacting on the series like they had a past history between them, which they certainly had. The fact that Ambassador Delenn knew more about John Sheridan's past, commander of Babylon 5, then he did.
This book, as told in the first person by Londo Mollari, is a recollection of his experience as Alpha Centauri liaison to Earthdome, shortly before the first Human-Minbari contact. The book answers many questions raised in the series, and lays the groundwork for the political situation on Babylon 5 as told in the series. It tells of why and how the Human-Minbari War actually started, and more importantly, why it stopped at the Battle of the Line, on the eve of total Minbari victory of Humankind. It also gives some glimpses of the future of the characters, namely John Sheridan and Delenn, G'Kar and Londo.
Peter David has written a very good book, detailing a history of the characters and their relationships in the Babylon 5 series. The book is based on a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski for the television movie. I liked this book, as it took me for a walk down memory lane, and brought back snippets of memory of a time when I was younger, and momentous things were happening in my life.