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The Parliament of Dreams: Conferring on Babylon 5

Edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
Foundation Studies in Science Fiction 1
Published by the Science Fiction Foundation (Registered Charity 1041052)

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This book, the first volume of critical studies of the acclaimed television series Babylon 5, was published in August 1998, ISBN 07049-11922 178 + iv pages, A5, paperback, £9/US$15 post and packaging included. Copies are no longer available from the Science Fiction Foundation


Rewriting the Past in the Future in Straczynski's Babylon 5by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn

I. Narratives
Time Past/Time Future: Reading Babylon Squared: Stephen Keane
Space and Time Out of Joint: War Without End: Herbert Shu-Shun Chan
The Philosophy of Balance: Gareth A. Roberts
Reconsidering Gender and Heroism: Anne M. Schofield and Nickianne Moody

II. Echoes
The Shadows out of Time: Lovecraftian Echoes in Babylon 5: Andy Sawyer
Shades of Darkness: Shadow and Myth: Pauline Archell-Thompson
The Psychological Significance of Straczynski's Universe: David F. McMahon
"Every Station has its Phantoms": Uncanny Effects and Hybrid Spaces: Karen Sayer

III. Technologies
Engineering the Future: Building Coherent Speculative Technologies: Nicholas Packwood
Cyborgs and Symbionts: Technology, Politics and Identity: James Brown

IV. Moralities and Faiths
Religion, Philosophy and the End of History: Kevin McCarron
Medicine, Morality and Faith: Nickianne Moody
Psychopathology and Alien Ethics: Stephen R.L. Clark

Episode Listing
Notes on Contributors