|The following is based on Clark's Law and contradicts canon sources.|
Clark's Law is the fourth book in the series of original Babylon 5 novels. It was written by Jim Mortimore.
The Tuchanq, a newly discovered humanoid species, can be an important ally for the Earth Alliance commanded by President Morgan Clark. So Captain John Sheridan welcomes their ambassador to Babylon 5, not knowing that among them is D'arc - a mass murderer on the run hoping to escape into the unsuspecting worlds of the galaxy.
But the unforgiving rules of space have a different fate in store for D'arc. A terrifying accident wipes away D'arc's identity and his evil...leaving behind a loving, innocent being with child's mind-a being that must die because President Clark, a leader with his own secret agenda, orders his immediate execution. Now, as Babylon 5 physician Dr. Stephen Franklin begs Sheridan to defy Clark's law, the captain faces the greatest test of his command-and a far greater test of his manhood, which may end his career in shame or become a shining reminder of what being human truly means...
In 2242, the DSEV Amundsen became the first human ship to encounter the Minbari. Its captain, Ellasai Ferdinand VI, panicked and ordered his crew to open fire, destroying the ship. Called in to testify, Ferdinand lied and claimed that the Minbari had opened fire on the Amundsen, and thus he had acted in self-defense. This lie led directly to the Earth-Minbari War.
Two months earlier and uncounted light-years away, Narn Fleet Commander G'Kar ordered the orbital bombardment of the Tuchanq Capital City, killing millions of civilians. Two days later, he landed and announced to the locals that Tuchanq had been attacked by the Centauri, and that their only hope in avoiding an invasion lay in becoming part of the Narn Regime. And thus began a brutal occupation that would last nearly 2 decades.
In 2258, Earth President Morgan Clark, hoping to begin a radical overhaul of the Earth Alliance that would keep Earth relevant in the face of growing calls for independence on the colony worlds, began pushing for reinstatement of the death penalty for murder. Hoping to allay fears that the death penalty would be used disproportionately against aliens, Clark insisted that it would be applied equally to all who were found guilty of premeditated murder.
- Lyta Alexander
- Taan Churok
- President Morgan Eugene Clark
- Vir Cotto
- DeBora Devereau
- Eddie Delvientos
- Ellasai Ferdinand IV
- Dr. Stephen Franklin
- Michael Garibaldi
- Brian Grond
- Jacintha Grond
- Commander Susan Ivanova
- Ambassador Kosh
- Lazarenn (mentioned)
- Senator Sho Lin
- Janice Mbotuni
- Dr. Carla Mendez
- Ambassador Londo Mollari
- noMir Ru
- nuViel Roon
- Vice President Luis Santiago
- Anna Sheridan (mentioned)
- Captain John Sheridan
- Talia Winters (mentioned)
- Dilgar (mentioned)
- Markab (mentioned)
- DSEV Amundsen
- Several errors in this book ruin its overall story and make it difficult to accept. However, these can be overlooked with a few simple corrections.
- The entire story about the start of the Earth-Minbari War was most likely written before any cannon material and is therefore unintentionally apocryphal.
- Date Error: The section of the book marked "Earth: the Second Lie" is set October 7th, 2258 and mentions President Clark. Clark would have been Vice-president in October of 2258--Santiago's assassination would not occur until just after midnight on January 1st, 2259. This is most likely a misprint.
- Date Error: The section of the book marked "Tuchanq: The Second Lie" is dated October 9th, 2259 and seems to be set after the surrender of the Narn Regime. This would be chronologically incorrect as the Narn surrender occurred in the second week of December, 2259. There is enough cannon evidence to support this. The exact date of the surrender is unknown, but "The Long, Twilight Struggle" is set from December 3rd to December 10th. It is possible that the liberation of the Tuchanq home planet occurred as part of the Centauri advance and that the native Tuchanq were freed while the Narn-Centauri War entered its final months. This would seem to fit with cannon established by a statement made by Warleader G'Sten to Ambassador G'Kar in "The Long, Twilight Struggle".
- If you correct the errors to fit with the continuity the book is not bad.
|Babylon 5 franchise|
|Babylon 5 & Crusade Episodes by Season|
|Signs and Portents • The Coming of Shadows • Point of No Return • No Surrender, No Retreat • Wheel of Fire • Crusade: Season 1 • Unfilmed Episodes|
|The Gathering • In the Beginning • Thirdspace • River of Souls • A Call to Arms • The Legend of the Rangers • Voices in the Dark|
|Novels • Comic Books • Short Stories • Reference books • Magazines|
|DVD Releases • VHS Home Video • The Official Guide to Babylon 5 • Babylon 5: Into the Fire|
|Babylon 5 Novels|
|"Voices" • "Accusations" • "Blood Oath" • "Clark's Law" • "The Touch of Your Shadow, the Whisper of Your Name" • "Betrayals" • "The Shadow Within" • "Personal Agendas" • "To Dream in the City of Sorrows"|
|The Psi Corps Trilogy:|
|"Dark Genesis - The Birth of the Psi Corps" • "Deadly Relations - Bester Ascendant" • "Final Reckoning - The Fate of Bester"|
|Legions of Fire:|
|"The Long Night of Centauri Prime" • "Armies of Light and Dark" • "Out of the Darkness"|
|The Passing of the Techno-Mages:|
|"Casting Shadows" • "Summoning Light" • "Invoking Darkness"|
|"In the Beginning" • "Thirdspace" • "A Call to Arms"|