Fanfic Recs: Babylon 5

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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Chronicles of the Crusade Book 1 and Book 2 by Ken Harper (crossover)
  • Recommended by SAMAS
  • Synopsis: During the Drakh assault on Earth, a small but powerful ship of unknown origin arrives and offers their help. Afterwards, Sheridan and Garibaldi are led to a massive ring hidden in the Asteroid field, which pulls them into an alternate Earth hundreds of years in the past.
  • Comments: A crossover with Stargate SG-1.

Voices of Babylon: Three Edged Sword by Jarsto van Santen, Edmund Boys and John Keegan.
  • Synopsis: Set during the Earth Alliance civil war of 2260 and 2261 the story focuses on events around the break-away colony Orion 7.
  • Comments: A massive Audio Drama with a large cast of characters that spawned from the feedback of the Babylon Podcast. Running for the last couple of years it's created an epic story on and around the Orion 7 Colony with Earth Force, Psi-Corps, Narn and the rebels all working with and against each other. If you're a fan of Babylon 5 it's well worth checking out.

The Dilgar War by Lord of Misrule
  • Sypnosis: It was the event that started it all. Thirty years before Babylon 5 the Dilgar race launched an Invasion of League space, a war which would cost billions of lives, whole races destroyed and at the end give birth to a new super power - The Earth Alliance.
  • Comments:
  • Status: Completed on 8/19/08 with 104 chapters and 1,216,226 words. A true Door Stopper.

The Deep Sleep by Laurie M (technically-AU)
  • Recommended by PandaFox
  • Synopsis: Garibaldi takes one blow to the head too many and soon finds himself living the life of a hard-boiled detective back on Earth.
  • Comments: A truly wonderful tribute to hard-boiled fiction in the vein of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. Laurie M nails every detail of the classic detective story from the first-person narration to the slang of the period in this fic. Every member of the main cast and quite a few of the supporting cast members make an appearance in one way or another. Despite being set in the 1940ís/1950ís of New York, the author does a great job of adapting each characterís essential personality to the story and tying them into the plot without making it feel forced. Definitely worth a read for fans of B5 and hardboiled novels. Some romance corresponding to in-canon relationships''.

A Fighting Chance, by Lord of Misrule (AU)
  • Recommended by EDP
  • Synopsis: Set in a continuity where the Dilgar managed to stop Earthforce-League advance at Balos and a reduced Dilgar Imperium survived with Alaca as throneworld. Everything else continues as business, until the disastrous first contact between Earth and the Minbari. And as soon as they hear of this, and before Earth can actually realize how effective the Minbari stealth is, the Dilgar offer Earth blueprints and samples of sensors capable to break the Minbari stealth, giving Earth the one fighting chance it needed.
  • Comments: Daniel14541: Unforetuneately the fic is incomplete and will not likely be completed ever...

The Babylon Project by team of same name [1]
  • Recommended by: StarSword
  • Synopsis: Fan-made freeware game using the FreeSpace 2 engine, with a whole slew of campaigns. For example, "The Raider Wars" sets the Player Character as the Hero of Another Story to Sinclair et al. during season one's Raiders story arc (initially one of the Starfury pilots attached to B5 during "Midnight On the Firing Line"; you are then reassigned to an Earth Alliance destroyer).
  • Comments: Adds mechanics to the FS2 engine to simulate Babylon 5 fighter behavior. One campaign is an AU fic.
  • Status: Completed on 05/19/08 with twelve campaigns of varying length.

The Starfish by D'Artag-NOT
  • Recommended by Pistachioinfernal
  • Synopsis: All Marcus meant to do was help one person in a way he could see. He thought it was enough. But it wasn't. Station senior personnel plus original characters. Multi-part story. Takes place after "Ceremonies of Light and Dark".
  • Comments: Great Marcus centric fic with a wonderful original character, one who is not a Mary Sue or a love interest, which is nice. Warning, there is an attempted rape scene at the start of the fic.

Choices And Challenges by CianLlyr
  • Recommended by Pistachioinfernal
  • Synopsis: With the Shadow War over, John and Delenn can finally plan their wedding... but as usual on B5, the course of true love doesn't quite run smooth. Especially when Delenn's mother shows up to evaluate the prospective groom... Slight AU from Season 4.
  • Comments: I very nearly put this in the Shipping Fics section, because this really has great John/Dellen, but there's so much more than the romance going on here. There's Delenns difficult relationship with her mother, Garabaldis growing distance from his friends, and some action packed scenes.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

In the Pale Moonlight by Selena
  • Recommended by dreamshell
  • Synopsis: Cartagia wishes to be amused. Londo wants to survive. Not necessarily compatible goals...
  • Comments: Not that Iím inclined to read a lot of it, but Iíve never seen a Crack Pairing work so well. Itís subtle, doesnít overstay its welcome and though Cartagia seemed oddly lacking in sexual deviancy on the show for a Caligula expy - even Londo is surprised - the Emperorís mercurial nature and love of coercing those around him for his own amusement makes it feel quite in-character. As does, strangely, Londo paraphrasing Oscar Wilde, which seemed just like something JMS wouldíve thought to do.

Patterns by Nix (CrimsonQuills)
  • Recommended by Pistachioinfernal
  • Synopsis: After the Denn'sha, Marcus heals and Neroon has four major revelations. A Marcus/Neroon fic.
  • Comments: Not only is this a great Marcus/Neroon fic, but it is well steeped in B5 lore. While the story is about the romance, Neroon has some wonderful moments with Garabaldi, Lennir, and Delenn. Both Neroon and Marcus are perfectly in character, and their budding relationship feels very natural and sweet.

That Intense Impenetrable Shade by Rachel Smith Cobleigh
  • Recommended by Pistachioinfernal
  • Synopsis: After the events of the B5 canon novel "To Dream in the City of Sorrows", whatever became of Catherine Sakai? A thousand years earlier, Valen/Sinclair returned to Minbar as an unparalleled war hero and revered spiritual leader, but he is essentially isolated from the very race he fought to protect. If only these two lovers could be reunited in this strange new world..
  • Comments: Spoilers for season 3 B5, as the story primarily deals with a happy ending for Jeff and Catherine.