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A feature of the Babylon 5 Universe is the sanctioned canonicity of many of its offshoot novels and [[Comics|comic book stories]]; all of the later Babylon 5 novels have been based on outlines written directly by [[JMS]]. and are considered to be canonical, while the earlier Dell ones are not. The exceptions being book 9 [[To Dream in the City of Sorrows]] which is said in the introduction by Straczynski to be ''"...considered as authentic as any episode in the regular series."'' and book 7
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Unique to the Babylon 5 Universe is the sanctioned canonicity of many of its offshoot novels and [[Comics|comic book stories]]; nearly all of the Babylon 5 novels and novelizations to date having been based on outlines written directly by [[JMS]]. The later Del Rey books are considered to be more canonical than some of the earlier Dell ones, although per Straczynski's own remarks – canonical elements exist in every single book published to date; Straczynski's deeper involvement in the novel-publishing program from 1996 onward having ensured a greater level of canonicity within such works. Specifically [[To Dream in the City of Sorrows]] is said in the introduction by Straczynski to be ''"...considered as authentic as any episode in the regular series."''
[[The Shadow Within]] Straczynski confirms in an on line posting that the novel is 90% canon that being the Anna/Morden/Icarus plotline.<ref>http://jmsnews.com/messages/message?id=9106</ref>
 
   
 
==Novels==
 
==Novels==
 
===Stand-alone Novels===
 
===Stand-alone Novels===
''Only Books 7 (The Icarus plot line) & 9 are considered [[wikipedia:canon (fiction)|canon]].''
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''Only Books 7 & 9 are considered [[wikipedia:canon (fiction)|canon]].''
 
# ''[[Voices]]'' written by [[John Vornholt]] (1995, ISBN 0440220572)
 
# ''[[Voices]]'' written by [[John Vornholt]] (1995, ISBN 0440220572)
 
# ''[[Accusations]]'' written by [[Lois Tilton]] (1995, ISBN 0440220580)
 
# ''[[Accusations]]'' written by [[Lois Tilton]] (1995, ISBN 0440220580)
 
# ''[[Blood Oath]]'' written by [[John Vornholt]] (1995, ISBN 0440220599)
 
# ''[[Blood Oath]]'' written by [[John Vornholt]] (1995, ISBN 0440220599)
 
# ''[[Clark's Law]]'' written by [[Jim Mortimore]] (1996, ISBN 044022229X)
 
# ''[[Clark's Law]]'' written by [[Jim Mortimore]] (1996, ISBN 044022229X)
# ''[[The Touch of Your Shadow, the Whisper of Your Name]]'' written by [[Neal Barrett, Jr.]] (1996, ISBN 0440222303)
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# ''[[The Touch of Your Shadow, the Whisper of Your Name]]'' written by [[Neil Barrett, Jr.]] (1996, ISBN 0440222303)
 
# ''[[Betrayals]]'' written by [[S. M. Stirling]] (1996, ISBN 0440222346)
 
# ''[[Betrayals]]'' written by [[S. M. Stirling]] (1996, ISBN 0440222346)
 
# ''[[The Shadow Within]]'' written by [[Jeanne Cavelos]] (1997, ISBN 0440223482; 2002 edition: ISBN 0345452186)
 
# ''[[The Shadow Within]]'' written by [[Jeanne Cavelos]] (1997, ISBN 0440223482; 2002 edition: ISBN 0345452186)
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''All are considered non-canon and only three were ever released.''
 
''All are considered non-canon and only three were ever released.''
   
Mongoose Publishing, which until 2009 produced the Babylon 5 Roleplaying Game, announced a series of six novels. However, when JMS refused to endorse them, these books were shelved. Before ending its license, Mongoose released the first three, by Richard Ford, Claudia Christian, and Matthew Sprange, in a currently unavailable PDF document entitled ''Deconstruction of Falling Stars''. They are not considered to be canon.<ref>[http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17407 JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 10/19/2005 12:00:59 AM]</ref><ref>[http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17550 JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 5/21/2006 9:24:47 AM]</ref>
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Mongoose Publishing, which until 2009 produced the Babylon 5 Roleplaying Game, announced a series of six novels. However, when JMS refused to endorse them, these books were shelved. Before ending its license, Mongoose released the first three, by Richard Ford, Claudia Christian and Matthew Sprange, in a PDF entitled Deconstruction of Falling Stars that can be freely downloaded [http://rapidshare.com/files/374813050/MGP_-_Babylon_5_2e_-_Deconstruction_of_Falling_Stars__OEF_.pdf here]. They are not considered by some to be canon.<ref>[http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17407 JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 10/19/2005 12:00:59 AM]</ref><ref>[http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17550 JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 5/21/2006 9:24:47 AM]</ref>
   
 
The six planned novels were:
 
The six planned novels were:
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==References==
 
==References==
{{Reflist|2}}
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<small>{{Reflist|2}}</small>
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