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Asked & Answered: Part 5

The long-awaited Asked & Answered Part 5, the fifth and final book of the Asked & Answered series, has arrived. Packed with 1,301 questions, Part 5 has the most questions asked (and answered) of any book in the 5 book series.

Picking up where Part 4 left off, Part 5's questions and answers are all related to the specifics of each episode and movie, starting with Season 2 (Season 1 was the final section of Part 4) and continuing through "The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark."


  • Points of Departure
  • Revelations
  • The Geometry of Shadows
  • A Distant Star
  • The Long Dark
  • Spider in the Web
  • Soul Mates
  • A Race Through Dark Places
  • The Coming of Shadows
  • Gropos
  • All Alone in the Night
  • Acts of Sacrifice
  • Hunter, Prey
  • There All the Honor Lies
  • And Now for a Word
  • In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum
  • Knives
  • Confessions and Lamentations
  • Divided Loyalties
  • The Long, Twilight Struggle
  • Comes the Inquisitor
  • The Fall of Night


  • Matters of Honor
  • Convictions
  • A Day in the Strife
  • Passing Through Gethsemane
  • Voices of Authority
  • Dust to Dust
  • Exogenesis
  • Messages from Earth
  • Point of No Return
  • Severed Dreams
  • Ceremonies of Light and Dark
  • Sic Transit Vir
  • A Late Delivery from Avalon
  • Ship of Tears
  • Interludes and Examinations
  • War Without End Part 1
  • War Without End Part 2
  • Walkabout
  • Grey 17 is Missing
  • And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place
  • Shadow Dancing
  • Z'ha'dum


  • The Hour of the Wolf
  • Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?
  • The Summoning
  • Falling Toward Apotheosis
  • The Long Night
  • Into the Fire
  • Epiphanies
  • The Illusion of Truth
  • Atonement
  • Racing Mars
  • Lines of Communication
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Rumors, Bargains and Lies
  • Moments of Transition
  • No Surrender, No Retreat
  • The Exercise of Vital Powers
  • The Face of the Enemy
  • Intersections in Real Time
  • Between the Darkness and the Light
  • Endgame
  • Rising Star
  • The Deconstruction of Falling Stars


  • No Compromises
  • The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari
  • The Paragon of Animals
  • A View from the Gallery
  • Learning Curve
  • Strange Relations
  • Secrets of the Soul
  • Day of the Dead
  • In the Kingdom of the Blind
  • A Tragedy of Telepaths
  • Phoenix Rising
  • The Ragged Edge
  • The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father
  • Meditations on the Abyss
  • Darkness Ascending
  • And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder
  • Movements of Fire and Shadow
  • The Fall of Centauri Prime
  • The Wheel of Fire
  • Objects in Motion
  • Objects at Rest
  • Sleeping in Light


  • In the Beginning
  • Thirdspace
  • The River of Souls
  • A Call to Arms
  • The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight
  • The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark

Here's a glimpse, a hint, a peek, a preview of the info-nuggets you'll discover in Part 5's 1,301 answers:

  • J. Michael Straczynski's least favorite episode and which one took his breath away
  • How the story would have proceeded if Sinclair, Takashima, Kyle, Alexander and Sykes had remained in the cast
  • How JMS's childhood is part of the origin of Londo's recurring dream
  • How "Midnight on the Firing Line" and "The Coming of Shadows" are mirror-images of each other
  • The significance of the season two episode titles
  • How Sinclair's storyline is like a certain famous trilogy
  • How the change in commanding officers benefited the show
  • Why Earthforce can't track Minbari vessels
  • Why and how candles are a key symbol in the show
  • Which episode has the Abraham Lincoln quote
  • How Ivanova's sex scene was a verbal compression of human dating
  • Why it's so difficult to write Kosh's dialogue
  • The famous writer that Morden really looks like
  • Who won the sixth game of the 2259 Worlds' Series
  • How an actor's broken foot impacted the series
  • The basis of the techno-mage symbols
  • What JMS meant by a "race that speaks in macros"
  • Why Sheridan didn't ask Delenn for help in fending off the Earthforce attack
  • JMS's favorite quotes from "The Coming of Shadows"
  • Why Sheridan didn't give Major Ryan a field promotion
  • Details of the Robert Foxworth debacle
  • Why Garibaldi said "nuts"
  • The reason JMS drilled down on the Marcus and Lennier characters
  • What "Sir Transit Vir" really means and why JMS used it as a title
  • When it's okay for the Minbari to lie
  • Why we couldn't see the surface of Narn after the mass drivers
  • How the Earth/Minbari War actually began
  • Why the cast and crew shunned JMS at lunchtime for a couple days
  • The intent in showing hand-to-hand combat below decks
  • The number of crew members necessary to pilot a White Star
  • What it was like on the set when Michael O'Hare returned in "War Without End"
  • The genesis of the Minbari sleep watching ritual
  • What was written on Vir's Minbari coat of welcoming
  • Who financed the Ranger colony and why it was in Drazi space
  • The origins for the idea of the Vorlons and Shadows representing order and chaos
  • How many years Valen lived
  • What Edgars was reading on the couch
  • How Season 4 was different from the previous three seasons
  • The scene in which Jerry Doyle fell and broke his right arm and right wrist while filming
  • JMS's 14 word response to the question about the 14 words that will make someone fall in love with you
  • Why Lyta isn't mentioned in "Sleeping in Light"
  • The final image JMS had in mind before a frame was ever shot on the series
  • Exactly what JMS was thinking during his "Sleeping in Light" cameo
  • And, at long last, how many Minbari it takes to screw in a lightbulb


It's true. The creator of Babylon 5 answers 5,296 fan questions covering every aspect of the show in over 100 categories in this new Babylon 5 book series.

J. Michael Straczynski answered these questions as they surfaced over a period of 18 years as part of an online experiment he started in 1991 and continues to this day.

This makes Asked & Answered something that has never been done before with a television show: an oral history IN REAL TIME. No revisionism. Nothing forgotten. No detail spared.

Because this dialogue with fans starts in 1991, it pre-dates the production of the Babylon 5 pilot, so you'll discover JMS' complete vision for the series, many aspects of which never made it to the screen.

Even better, these questions and answers include interactions on AOL Bulletin Boards, GEnie Forums, the moderated usenet group, CIS Discussion threads and Chat Transcripts, some of which are not available in archives anywhere.

In addition to Babylon 5, Asked & Answered includes JMS' responses to personal questions about his life, politics, love, religion, writing and more. These responses are grouped with a related B5 topic showing fans – for the first time – the provenance of the Babylon 5 philosophy and culture. All that plus JMS' real life stories behind the stories.

To make this the ultimate source, it took 2½ years and a crew of four B5 experts – in addition to J. Michael Straczynski – to compile, categorize and edit.

"The only real document about the making of Babylon 5, from stem to stern, is the one I wanted to leave behind: this conversation...It's the only thing that really means anything to me."

J. Michael Straczynski
May 25, 2003

Because Asked & Answered is essentially one very long document, we've divided it into 5 parts. Each part is one book and there are 5 books altogether, each of which will be launched separately.

Together these 5 books – the complete Asked & Answered series – total approximately 2,000 pages. To honor the fact that Asked & Answered is one document, the pages in each volume are number sequentially starting with the next page number from the previous volume. For example, Part 1 ends on page 385 and Part 2 begins on page 386. So that you can identify each part at a glance, the text on each cover is a different color. Note that Part 1 is red, the same color as the first Babylon station, and Part 5 is blue, the same as the fifth Babylon station.

The goal of this series is simple: offer a document to fans for whom canon is everything and therefore would want a printed record of the most important JMS messages in one place, grouped into categories and presented in the order they were written. In other words, the opposite of the online experience.

All of the books in the Asked & Answered series average 115,000 words. For context, the average novel or non-fiction book is 90,000 words or less.

Contractually we can't publish electronic versions with the exception of limited length excerpts.

All questions are organized by topic, then by category and then by date. This triple level of organization on 100+ categories aggregates the B5 canon in a way never seen before. We also include a 2 page production timeline at the end of each book to cross-reference to the message dates.


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