Unique to the Babylon 5 Universe is the sanctioned canonicity of many of its offshoot novels and 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."
Only Books 7 & 9 are considered canon.
- Voices written by John Vornholt (1995, ISBN 0440220572)
- Accusations written by Lois Tilton (1995, ISBN 0440220580)
- Blood Oath written by John Vornholt (1995, ISBN 0440220599)
- Clark's Law written by Jim Mortimore (1996, ISBN 044022229X)
- 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)
- The Shadow Within written by Jeanne Cavelos (1997, ISBN 0440223482; 2002 edition: ISBN 0345452186)
- Personal Agendas written by Al Sarrantonio (1997, ISBN 0440223512)
- To Dream in the City of Sorrows written by Kathryn M. Drennan (1997, ISBN 0440223547; 2003 edition: ISBN 0345452194)
The Psi Corps Trilogy
All are considered canon: written by J. Gregory Keyes
- Dark Genesis - The Birth of the Psi Corps (1998, ISBN 0345427157)
- Deadly Relations - Bester Ascendant (1999, ISBN 0345427165)
- Final Reckoning - The Fate of Bester (1999, ISBN 0345427173)
Legions of Fire
All are considered canon: written by Peter David.
- The Long Night of Centauri Prime (1999, ISBN 0345427181)
- Armies of Light and Dark (2000, ISBN 034542719X)
- Out of the Darkness (2000, ISBN 0345427203)
The Passing of the Techno-Mages
All are considered canon: written by Jeanne Cavelos.
- Casting Shadows (2001, ISBN 0345427211)
- Summoning Light (2001, ISBN 034542722X)
- Invoking Darkness (2001, ISBN 0345438337)
- Babylon 5: In the Beginning written by Peter David (1998, ISBN 0345424522)
- Babylon 5: Thirdspace written by Peter David (1998, ISBN 0345424549)
- Babylon 5: A Call to Arms written by Robert Sheckley (1999, ISBN 0345431553)
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 PDF entitled Deconstruction of Falling Stars that can be freely downloaded here. They are not considered by some to be canon.
The six planned novels were:
- Ranger Dawning written by Richard Ford
- Baptism of Fire written by Claudia Christian
- Visions of Peace: A Rangers Novel written by Matthew Sprange
- Ashes of the Past written by Bruce Graw
- Actions of Many written by M. J. Dougherty
- Birth of Heroes written by Bryan Steele
- post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 1/19/1999
- post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 12/19/1999
- Whatever happened to Babylon 5: The River of Souls?
- JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 10/19/2005 12:00:59 AM
- JMS post on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated - 5/21/2006 9:24:47 AM
|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"|
|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|