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Babylon 5: Thirdspace [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter David
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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May 27 1998 Babylon 5 (Paperback Ballantine) (Book 11)
The last true hope for freedom, Babylon 5 is struggling to survive. The station has severed its ties with Earth--and has been quarantined in retaliation.

Then, in the depths of hyperspace, a squad of Starfuries makes an astounding discovery that could affect the destiny of the civilized universe. But have the pilots from the embattled space station uncovered the threshold to a new age . . . or a gateway to hell?

As they recover a gargantuan alien artifact floating derelict in space, both Captain Sheridan and archaeologist Elizabeth Quijana know it is a gold mine of possibilities. But the telepath Lyta is the first to sense the danger, when her mind is assaulted by swift, crippling images of unspeakable terror. And as research teams attempt to penetrate the mysteries of the mammoth machine, Babylon 5 is thrust toward a terrifying confrontation with the monstrous dimension of Thirdspace . . .

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Through trial and error (and books I won't name) I learned a hard lesson: don't do books unless the source material is good. Books based on movies and television have to stand on their own, entertain without the benefit of a screen. Exciting characters, action, mystery, political intrigue, technology, race relations, romance--excellent fiction incorporates all of the genres. With Babylon 5, the series had been envisioned as a five-year epic, and that epic sports one helluva backstory. That backstory has held the attention of millions of viewers for five seasons--these are dedicated and constant supporters.

All well and good, but I'd been stung before. Initially, I was skeptical. It wasn't until I visited the Babylon 5 studios, met with series creator J.Michael Straczynski, watched the actors at work, that I saw the creative spirit that drove them. The hours they put in are painful to watch. I'm pretty sure Straczynski doesn't actually sleep--he wrote the lion's share of the episodes, including two that won Hugo Awards.

So I was convinced. Now we've got four million hard-core viewers to convert. At least we know the target audience.

--Steve Saffel, Senior Editor

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"SOME OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT SCIENCE FICTION ON TELEVISION."
--Newsweek

"THIS IS THE BEST TELEVISION SHOW EVER MADE."
--TV Guide

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This book definitely is an improvement over most of the early Babylon 5 novels. However, for anyone familiar with the science fiction of Peter David, this book is a let-down. The dizzying complexity of sub-plot upon sub-plot upon sub-plot mixed with the hackneyed "little did they know" and "unbeknownst to (X-character)" foreshadowings grated on my nerves. Also, this story is a stand-alone, having no real connection to the B5 story arc.
If you are familar with Peter David's brilliant comedic Star Trek novels "Rock and a Hard Place" and "Q-in-Law", you'll be disappointed. This novel is more closely related to David's "Q-Squared".
If you want to read a superb B5 novel by David, I recommend "In the Beginning", a novelization which actually surpasses the B5 movie in characterization and style. You'll be glad you read it, and better off passing "Thirdspace" by.
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Based on the second TV movie based on the hit tv show, Thirdspace follows the pacing logic of a good horror novel: it starts out slowly, builds up, and the concludes in a dizzying climax. The best way to discribe it is to think of the brilliant movie Event Horizon, but influenced by Lovercraft (as EH was obvious styled after Clive Barker.) When Ivanova and her squad discover a giant relic floating in hyperspace, little does anyone realize the trouble it will cause. So Ivanova, Captain Sheridan and Security Chief Zack Allen find themselves fighting for their survival amoung the chaos that has been unleashed from the hellish dimension known as Thirdspace. Entertaining read, with enough flare to make you wait for the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep up the quality July 21 1998
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Del Rey is showing Dell how the series of Babylon 5 books should have been done. Let's hope that the originals scheduled to start coming out this fall can keep up the quality of "In the Beginning" and "Thirdspace".
Peter David has a real feel for the characters within the Babylon 5 universe - he did, after all, write a few episodes - and it shows. The story is not an original by him, since it is the novelization of a screenplay, but he handles it very well. A very good movie can make for a very poor novelization if slavishly "adapted" - thankfully, Peter David has made a very good book based on what I hope will prove to be a very good movie.
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This novel is a quick mover and the type of novel that you can eat somewith or drink with. The type that you read when you want to have a good time and have fun with it, unlike David's novel, In The Being that was more serious and emtioal. In this one, you don't after reading ready emtional drain and a little born. In this one you have fun readying it and you want to read more and more of it until you are tried or it is over with. It like a saturday maintie movie, with no real message from it, it just there to make you[The Reader] have fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive book. July 4 1998
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This book is an obvious improvement to most of those that came before. Of course, that's what comes of being adapted from a screenplay, and not cooked up in the mind of someone writing from outside the entire B5 frame of reference (ie "Clark's Law"). The only drawback to the entire book were the silly and increasingly annoying foreshadowings which tease the reader with great horrors to come. Apart from these, though, it was quite rewarding, and worth a five star mention.
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