Babylon 5 Books From Creator Straczynski > Birthing of Babylon 5
In 1999, J. Michael Straczynski allowed his original notes on Babylon
5 to be released via his Last Word column in the Babylon
5 Magazine (Vol. 2, Issue 9). These notes were the first written
record of Babylon 5, made moments after he had his inspiration
for the series while taking a shower.
Though the magazine is long gone, on this, the 10th anniversary of
this column's publication, he wanted to share the origins of Babylon
5 again. While many fans saw them when they were originally published,
he realizes that many more have not.
In addition to the notes, there is a brief introduction that formed
part of that column.
Birth of the Babylon 5 Story
no secret that B5 began when two ideas I’d been working
on for series — one being a very contained, small series set
on a space station, the other a big, huge sprawling saga that would
involve dozens of worlds — collided in my head and I realized
suddenly that they were the very same show, where the major events
of the story would be writ small upon the stage of the space station.
In the shower at the moment of this revelation, I dashed out and hurriedly
scribbled down what would become the main thrust of the series before
I could lose the thread of it.
at what follows, it may help to understand that when I write down
notes on a project, I instantly try to create the mood of it, so I
can find the fingerprints more readily later on. Hence the 'being
a history' phraseology in the first bit... creating the sense of an
almost medieval or myth-based history. It may also read a bit choppy,
because I was trying to get down a lot in a small amount of time,
before it slipped away."
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