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Babylon 5: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the PSI Corps (Babylon 5 (Paperback Ballantine)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. August 1998


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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Del Rey; Auflage: Reissue (29. August 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345427157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345427151
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,2 x 2,3 x 17,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.1 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (47 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 104.417 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Traces the birth of the Psi Corps, an elite unit on a collision course with the telepaths they are charged with monitoring.

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Born in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1963, J. Gregory Keyes spent his early years roaming the forests of his native state and the red rock cliffs of the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. He earned a B.A. in anthropology from Mississippi State University and a master's degree from the University of Georgia, where he did course work for a Ph.D. He and his wife, Nell, live in Seattle, where, in addition to full-time writing, he practices ethnic cooking--particularly Central American, Szechuan, Malaysian, and Turkish cuisine. Since moving to the Northwest, he can no longer participate in his favorite sport--Kapucha Toli, a Choctaw game involving heavy sticks and few rules--so he has taken up fencing. Greg is the author of The Waterborn, The Blackgod, and Newton's Cannon.

J. Michael Straczynski is one of the most prolific and highly regarded writers currently working in the television industry. In 1995, he was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of their Fifty for the Future, described as innovators who will shape our lives as we move into the twenty-first century. His work spans every conceivable genre--from historical dramas and adaptations of famous works of literature (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) to mystery series (Murder, She Wrote), cop shows (Jake and the Fatman), anthology series (The Twilight Zone), and science fiction (Babylon 5). He writes ten hours a day, seven days a week, except for his birthday, New Year's, and Christmas.

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von M. H. Huggins am 11. Juni 2000
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We always face the new and unknown with fear masked by hate and rage it seems. In Babylon 5 it manifests itself in the Earth-Minbar war, started by a paranoid Commander spurred by tales of alien conquerers from beyond, curiously enough spread by another alien race, the Centauri. In this work we predate the B5 we know and love by a century and a half. Among us appear telepaths, suddenly and unexpectedly. As science struggles to understand these new Homo Sapiens good old fractious big brother steps in and attempts to calm a populace that was mildly curious at best and slightly nervous at worst. Then the stuff hits the fan. Opportunists spring upon the fanned fears of the people and the telepaths are killed, maimed, or put into concentration camps."Teeptown". Docile, some go for safety's sake. Others, the baddies, the ones who will breed the future are driven off planet to death and worse on the colonies. In the midst..Psi-Corps arises. Set up by committee to ferret out their own kind... Who could blame them? Gathering their kind away from the mundanes. Unknowingly obeying the will of the machinations set up to destroy them. No wonder those of Bester's ilk arose. To us B5 loyalists, a lot of familiar names... and old familiar problems. Our Babylon 5 world fleshes out more back toward our time than ever before. Read this book if you want to know what would happen if telepaths were revealed tomorrow.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 6. Dezember 2000
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... an unsatisfying end. The story develops in a quite enjoyable way, the characters are introduced so that they fit nicely into the Babylon 5 universe and the slow ascendence of the Psi Corps is shown in a very convincing way. This is how the world became like it was in the TV series - and it's not nice, be sure about that!
The book slowly nears the big climatic showdown - but it is that showdown which was a huge letdown for me. Storytelling suddenly disappears and is substituted by endless action sequences. I have always thought that when I want to have action sequences, I go watch a movie. I don't read a book to read about action sequences - it's the wrong medium. So I was very annoyed about the ending of an otherwise very astute tale about how the Psi Corps was born. Therefore only three stars - and only very little motivation to read books 2 & 3 of this trilogy.
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Media tie-in books are, to me, to be avoided at the expense of all other considerations. They are universally terribly written and fail to capture the appeal of the source material (assuming, of course, that said material is any good in the first place). Then came "Dark Genesis." Amazingly enough, the book is actually entertaining--quite a feat unto itself. But it manages to do justice to the immensity of the "B5" canvas and provides a socio-political scenario that--if lacking the intellectual rigor and imagination of true SF--at least rings true as being something more than cardboard. Finally, the author even manages to insert some stylistic touches of his own--rather a miracle in the bleak, paste-grey world of mass market media-spinoff paperbacks. Also of appeal to "B5" fans is the way in which Keyes deftly turns the philosophical and thematic underpinnings of the show on their heads...where our President Sheridan & co. represent individuals willing to give their lives for a greater cause, we see the Psi-Corps as a highly-organized collection of amoral people who have banded together for the cause of more efficient self-promotion. This has the effect of making our friends in "current" chronology--even Londo--seem the nobler in constrast. Make no mistake, "Dark Genesis" is nothing but junk food for the brain. It cannot substitute for the literary and artistic value that informs the best SF. However, there is quality content lurking within those pages--even a few moments that made me forget I was reading a cheap paperback with a lurid dimestore cover. And its value to the "B5" fan is immense...I would rate its fleshing-out of Straczinski's backstory above even Kathryn Drennan's more emotionally-charged "To Dream in the City of Sorrows." In other words, it's worth $6 and a few hours of your time. Buy this book.
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The first of the new original "Babylon 5" novels from Del Rey is with us. The earlier nine from Dell weren't much more than filler, apart from the good #7 and the excellent #9, but Del Rey knows SF, and it shows.
The book takes place from about 2115 to 2195, and gives the history of the beginnings of the Psi Corps. (By the way, although the DC B5 comic book #11, "The Psi Corps and You", is a "reprint" of a "real" Psi Corps propaganda piece, this book takes care to be consistent with those parts of the comic that one would reasonably expect to be true in the B5 universe -- a nice piece of work, keeping the B5 universe seamless.)
We see the first discovery of telepaths by scientists, the public panic, the growth of government control, and the growth of the first resistance movement. We meet the ancestors of a few old friends, and answers are suggested to several questions about just what Psi Corps is up to in B5's time. The time period of the book also covers the first contact with the Centauri, but this is played down, except insofar as it influences the characters.
My complaints are few. First of all, this is a short novel for an 80-year plot, and it sometimes made me feel like a child running downhill, shouting, "I can't stop!" But that was really implicit in the book's agenda. Second, I suspect an offhand reference to an already-free Narn is chronologically too early, though I could be wrong; if it is an error, it could be corrected with a word or two. Third, one simply cannot establish a synchronous orbit over the polar region of a planet -- but this, too, could be corrected as easily as a typo.
All in all, a very good beginning for Del Rey's new series, and a _must_ for "Babylon 5" fans.
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