The Parliament of Dreams

Remember that Babylon 5 collection that I’d mentioned on the show? The one published by the Science Fiction Foundation? My search for a copy of it yielded zero hits on eBay at the time, and the handful of copies available on were over $100, which was way more than I wanted to spend. But, interestingly enough, copies of it were available at for less than half of that, including shipping to the US.

My copy of The Parliament of Dreams: Conferring on Babylon 5 arrived last week. The contents and other details about the book are available at the SF Foundation website. It never ceases to amaze me how much Babylon 5 work is out there… even when I think I’ve found just about everything, more stuff pops up. This book was published 10 years ago, and I didn’t find out about it until a couple weeks ago. That I was able to find a copy of it so quickly after discovering it’s existence… well, faith manages.

There’s also an essay about Cartagia available at the SF Foundation website, “I, Cartagia: a mad emperor in Babylon 5 and his historical antecedents” by Tony Keen, from an academic track presented at the 63rd Worldcon in Glasgow in 2005.


  1. http://Steve says

    Congratulations Summer on getting hold of this, I was lucky enough that my local comic book store had this when it was first published (being a completist I bought anything with linked with B5).
    Its a really interesting read, and it still amazes me some 10 years after its first being published that “real academics” watched B5 and treated it with the respect that “geeks like me” wished sci-fi to be had hoped for all along.

  2. Very cool so far, and I’m bringing it up to the studio tonight so Gary can take a peek at it. As long as he doesn’t leave drool on it ๐Ÿ™‚

    That Cartagia essay is also interesting, and does make me wonder what JMS could have done if we’d had Cartagia around for a few more episodes, or encountered a sprinkling of his antics during Season 3.

    Also, in the book, they make mention of an essay on Garibaldi that wasn’t printed in the book because the presenter couldn’t make it to the conference. I want to track that one down, too, for my own completist reasons!

  3. http://GaryTheGreat says

    Thanks again for bringing the book Summer.

    I wish I had more time to digest it, but I found several points the articles made very thought provoking. I’d love to see Tim run with a few of those thoughts.

  4. They are fascinating essays. I’m still working my way through the book, but these are exactly the kind of discourses (and more) that I had in mind for the collections I’ve got percolating in the back of my mind.

    Yes, I have a plan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. http://Gary%20The%20Great says

    Still can’t find this book.

    • If you still haven’t found a copy by the time you get to visiting us again, let me know ahead of time and I’ll bring my copy along so you can check it out.

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