The Battle of the Line is infamous in Earth history as the climactic campaign in a long and bloody war between Humankind and the alien Minbari race. But how did this apocalyptic conflict erupt? And how did this fateful clash of two civilizations ultimately lead to the creation of the Babylon 5 space station? Here, at last, the great space epic unfolds--in a new novel based on the first full-length Babylon 5 television movie.
Eager to expand their trade with other worlds, the people of planet Earth attempt to make contact with the mysterious Minbari, a race of proud and powerful warriors. But when communication turns to violence, Earth becomes the target of a latter-day holy war, waged by a civilization possessing vastly superior numbers and firepower.
And the Minbari will stop at nothing short of the total extermination of its enemy: the Human race...
| "...You know how they rushed to get this place finished."
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- The novelization of Babylon 5: In the Beginning included several scenes not seen in the final film such as a brief encounter between Sinclair and Sheridan at a transit station, Jankowski's short lived gloating towards Sheridan and Sterns over his "victory" over the Minbari, his trial, court-martial and ultimate fate. Revealed some of the background and motivations to some of the characters along with the source of much of Londo's knowledge surrounding these events.
- A fleeting encounter between Sinclair and Sheridan at the transit station would appear to be at odds with their shared background as described in "To Dream in the City of Sorrows". According to which, Sinclair first met Sheridan a decade or so earlier during his first year at the Earthforce Academy. The scene is however ambiguous enough that it's possible the pair simply didn't recognise one another at that point. Also, in "To Dream in the City of Sorrows" Sinclair does indeed note that he and Sheridan "ran across each other a couple of times after that, during the war and right after, but only briefly each time."
- The novel also reveals the names of characters that appeared in the film, but were not named in dialogue or the credits; such as the "Centauri Woman" (Senna) and the "Presidential Aide" (Hastur).
- The novel reveals that Anna Sheridan's maiden name was Keller.
- The novel refers to John and Elizabeth Sheridan's mother as Nancy. Other sources refer to her as Miranda.
|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"|