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 Babylon 5
Babylon 5 is an epic science fiction television series created by, produced, and written by J.
The series consists of stories centered around a space station, Babylon 5, meant as a gathering place for fostering peace and trade, but which ultimately became the epicenter of a massive interstellar conflict.
The Narn ambassador to Babylon 5 is G'Kar.
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 Babylon 5 Fun People - Alfred Bester   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Bester is opposed to the Shadows interference with the Psi corps and has assisted Babylon 5 not only against the Shadows but also against President Clark for allowing the Shadows infiltration.
Bester realised that he had the power to keep a close eye on Babylon 5 through the mind of Garibaldi.
Bester explained to Garibaldi in the end that if he were to release him from his mind alteration, he would not be able to go home or see his friends.
www.sadgeezer.com /babylon5/bester.htm   (393 words)

 Alfred Bester (Babylon 5) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bester is a senior Psi Corps agent ("Psi Cop"), and acts as a recurring antagonist for the crew.
The birth, life and death of Alfred Bester is chronicled in the Psi Corps Trilogy by Gregory Keyes.
When Walters revealed Bester's true heritage, Bester went berserk and emptied his PPG at the man. Bester was left with a tight psychological knot of rage, guilt and denial, resulting in a mental block that left his left hand (with which he'd fired the gun) permanently non-functional.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alfred_Bester_(Babylon_5)   (732 words)

 190 Bester Place: Alfred Bester
Bester's first visit to Babylon 5 was in 2258 when he was chasing the rogue telepath Jason Ironheart who had ran away from the Corps after being submitted to various inhuman experiments.
This time Bester really did succeed in his mission; both the official one (confiscating a large shipment of dust) and the unofficial (keeping dust from falling into the hands of alien governments and hiding the fact that Psi Corps was, in fact, involved in the development of the drug).
Bester was put under a trial and he spent the rest of his life imprisoned in 'Teeptown', the same place where he had spent his childhood.
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 Bester's Babylon 5 Episodes
Bester's supposition that the virus was developed with the help of Shadow technology is consistent with the courier's claim in "Conflicts of Interest" that coming up with the cure was a job beyond the capabilities of Earth's biologists, and that alien help had been enlisted.
Bester could possibly also use the virus on Lyta; death by the virus might be considered natural causes under the terms of her contract ("Moments of Transition.") Of course, such an operation would be very risky, since Lyta would be contagious.
Byron's experience with Bester echoed Lyta's experience with the Psi Cops: she was made to do something traumatic (in her case, helping to plant images in a murderer's mind to drive him insane, as she described in "The Face of the Enemy") and decided that she had to leave the Psi Cops.
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 Babylon 5 Novels
Bester’s background is unknown to all but a few Psi Corps leaders, since Bester was given a new name to hide the ties to his past.
Given Bester’s upbringing, it is easier to understand his motivation behind the evil things that he did in the Babylon 5 TV series.
However, it is an excellent character study of Bester and the changes his personality goes through as he ages and his youthful passion cools to glowing embers.
www.futurefiction.com /babylon_5_novels.htm   (953 words)

 Babylon 5 - Recurring and Past Cast
The commander of Babylon 5 and representative of the Earth Alliance for its first two years of operation, Sinclair was transferred to Minbar to serve as Earth ambassador, but covertley became the head of the Rangers.
Recently, Sinclair took Babylon 4 back through time to aide the Minbari in their war against the Shadows of 1000 years ago; in doing so, he used the same device that had transformed Delenn in order to attain Minbari appearance, and in doing so, became Valen, Minbar's great spiritual leader who formed the Grey Council.
Operating as Babylon 5's resident telepath for nearly two years, Talia left the station when her unwilling involvement in a classified Psi Corps experiment was exposed and changed her forever.
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 Psi Cop Alfred Bester
Bester ruthlessly pursues his agenda, which "most" of the time is the same as the Corps'.
Bester quickly became one of the favorite characters to pass through Babylon 5.
Bester was born in early 2189 or late 2188, which would make him about 70 years old during the TV series.
www.glorianon.com /walterk/bester.html   (921 words)

 Trivia for "Babylon 5" (1994)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Babylon 5 station is claimed to be operated by an artificial intelligence computer system provided by the Centauri.
Babylon 5 filmmakers received informal technical advice on the series from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Alfred Bester (1913 - 1987) was a leading science fiction writer, one of whose best works, The Demolished Man, deals with murder in a world where the police are telepathic, as is the Bester character in Babylon 5.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0105946/trivia   (1445 words)

 Alfred Bester
Vacit named the infant Alfred Bester, after his favourite 20th Century science fiction author, and adopted him as a true child of Psi Corps (The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father, the novel Dark Genesis; see also the comic The Psi Corps and You!
During the course of his work, his visits to Babylon 5 provide much annoyance and inconvenience to the command staff (Mind War, A Race Through Dark Places, Dust to Dust), to his apparent pleasure.
Evading a vengeful Garibaldi, he failed to recapture a gang of rogue telepaths aboard Babylon 5 after a first attempt (Strange Relations), but was recalled by Captain Lochley to round them up again (The Tragedy of Telepaths, Phoenix Rising).
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 Babylon 5 (a Titles and Air Dates Guide)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
1- 5 101 16 Feb 94 Infection 5.
5- 3 504 4 Feb 98 The Paragon of Animals 92.
5- 9 509 18 Mar 98 In the Kingdom of the Blind 98.
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 Value Judgements Review (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
After the Telepath Crisis, Alfred Bester was captured and charged with war crimes including killing mundanes in his role as a Psi Cop before the war and killing rogue telepaths during the war.
She is aided, of course, by the wonderful character of Alfred Bester, which she has mastered perfectly.
He believes that Bester is guilty, but the words of both Bester and his own crewmates together with Bester's actions challenge what he thinks is true.
worldsofjms.com.cob-web.org:8888 /crusade/reviews/script2.htm   (566 words)

 MacWhiz Technologies
Alfred Bester is an acquired taste, but in this, his last novel (finished posthumously by Roger Zelazny), I think he shows his most accessable effort.
The name "Alfred Bester" may be ringing a bell for some people; it will sound very familiar to fans of the television series Babylon 5.
In that show, Alfred Bester is a Psi-Cop, a telepathic member of a totalitarian police force.
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 Amazon.ca: Babylon 5: Final Reckoning: the Fate of Bester: Books: J. Gregory Keyes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Babylon 5: Dark Genesis: the Birth of the Psi Corps by J. Gregory Keyes
There are many parts of the Babylon 5 story that have only been hinted at throughout the series, the Telepath War being one of the biggest.
Now hiding out as a literary critic in Paris, Bester actually makes an effort to put all that behind him, but Michael Garibaldi is soon on his trail, not forgetting what Bester did to him long ago and is out to settle the score.
www.amazon.ca /Babylon-Final-Reckoning-Fate-Bester/dp/0345427173   (1573 words)

 The Babylon Podcast » Babylon Podcast: Show #15
That thought lasted all of 5 minutes - he was so amazing and elevated the character of Bester into one of my favorites on the show.
Bester is another multilayered character in the B5 universe.
Alfred Bester, also one of are great sci fi writers with “The Stars My Destination” and “The Demolished Man”.
www.babylonpodcast.com /2006/05/10/babylon-podcast-show-15   (851 words)

 Amazon.ca: Babylon 5: Deadly Relations: Bester Ascendant: Books: J. Gregory Keyes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Babylon 5 is a rarity among SF TV series in having a thoroughly worked out future history, even if parts of that history are only hinted at on TV.
It starts gradually by telling bester's story as a student at the psi corps and then it ties up the events that happened in the previous novel and the tv series, where it ends.
Interestingly for fans of the Babylon 5 TV show, Lyta and Byron have cameos and this book ends with Bester about to leave for his first trip to the station.
www.amazon.ca /Babylon-Deadly-Relations-Bester-Ascendant/dp/0345427165   (1307 words)

 The DVD Journal | Quick Reviews: Babylon 5: The Complete Third Season (Point of No Return)
Dreamy-eyed fanboyism aside, Babylon 5 bears all the Oz-ish virtues — it is Star Wars with brains and heart, Star Trek with the courage of its convictions.
Fans of Zathras take note — he returns in "War Without End," a mindbending two-parter that interlaces Season One's "Babylon Squared," only this time we witness the time-flipped events from the other side as they reveal what really happened to Babylon 4 and what in Valen's name is in store for the station's ex-captain, Sinclair.
It shouldn't be forgotten that, for all its big-wow story arcs and spaceships and ancient prophecies, Babylon 5 is driven primarily by its evolving characters.
www.dvdjournal.com /quickreviews/b/babylon5.season03.q.shtml   (1049 words)

 Babylon 5: Mind War Episode Trivia - TV.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Bester's salute - an "okay" circle of thumb and forefinger held before the eye - and his utterance of the words "Be seeing you" are a homage to the cult TV series The Prisoner.
In the Psi-Corp novel trilogy, it is specifically established that Bester's mentor gave him the name in honor of the s.f.
Besides a homage to the TV series "The Prisoner" (see Allusions), the salute is the "sign of the fish." Early Christians used this as a secret greeting and identification sign to identify their fellow members.
www.tv.com /babylon-5/mind-war/episode/72/trivia.html   (826 words)

 The Name of the Place is Babylon 5: Mind War
Bester, the telepathic Snidely Whiplash, arrives in pursuit of a fugitive from a Psi Corps experiment.
Bester and his ilk start out rotten to the core - arrogant, manipulative and self-righteous -- and they don't get much better from here.
To be fair, Bester isn't given much of a chance.
www.space.com /sciencefiction/tv/babylon_5_106_001005.html   (424 words)

 Mr. Bester (Babylon 5: The Last Best Hope MUX)
Bester works with a reluctant Garibaldi to track down the source of the shipments and arrest the dealer.
He temporarily allies himself with Babylon 5, to capture a Shadow ship he thinks is carrying weapon components.
He's checking up on Garibaldi, but what he really came to Babylon 5 to obtain was Lyta's re-inductance into Psi-Corps.
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 Final Reckoning: The Fate of Bester (Babylon 5)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Under the ruthless command of Alfred Bester, Psi Corps's reign of terror reached unspeakable new heights--and touched off a civil war among the telepaths.  Corps minions fought renegade defectors--a new resistance movement determined to overthrow Bester's monstrous regime.
Underground and on the run, Bester builds a new life on the ruins of his secret, sinister past.
Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps (Babylon 5)
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 Babylon 5
Babylon 5 is a five-mile long space station located in neutral space.
Built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s, it's goal is to maintain peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out among duly appointed ambassadors.
Aside from its diplomatic function, Babylon 5 also serves as a military post for Earth and a port of call for travellers, traders, businessmen, criminals, and Rangers.
www.geocities.com /rygel_wolfe/babylon5/rw-Babylon_5.htm   (352 words)

 Micheal Garibaldi versus Alfred Bester
Bester is a psicop, he is rated at P-12, if you want more information on the Telepathic Rating scale go to the Babylon 5 section of this page.
Lyta (mumbling): And on the left is Aflred Bester, that son of a...
BFG: Garibaldi is walking over to Bester as Bester trys to retrieve his PPG which is on the ground.
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 Amazon.com: Deadly Relations: Bester Ascendant (Babylon 5): Books: J. Gregory Keyes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Al Bester strained his small body to its limit, reaching on tiptoe for the next branch.
Deadly Relations: Bester Ascendant (Babylon 5) by J.
While the topic will be of interest to Babylon 5 fans (and of little interest to anyone else), it can't help but come off as anything more than a travelogue populated by cardboard characters.
www.amazon.com /Deadly-Relations-Bester-Ascendant-Babylon/dp/0345427165   (1958 words)

 Amazon.com: Final Reckoning: The Fate of Bester (Babylon 5): Books: J. Gregory Keyes (via CobWeb/3.1 ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Alfred Bester, played by Walter Koenig, was one of the best "bad guys" on the TV show.
Bester is eighty-two at this point in his life, on the run from his nemesis Mr.
Bester - to visit his endless thirst for vengeance for what Bester had done to him in order to have Sheridan betrayed.
www.amazon.com.cob-web.org:8888 /Final-Reckoning-Fate-Bester-Babylon/dp/0345427173   (1943 words)

 Babylon 5 - The TV IV
Babylon 5 is a science fiction drama that aired in syndication for four seasons and on TNT for one season.
Civilizations, Races and Organizations: A listing of the various civilizations, races and organizations in the Babylon 5 universe
Babylon 5: The Gathering - In the Beginning
tviv.org /Babylon_5   (169 words)

 The Babylon Podcast » 2006 » May
Tim, Summer, and Jeff jump into an energetic and entertaining chat with Jason Carter, who brought an extra measure of heart and soul to Babylon 5 with his portrayal of Marcus Cole, the determined but haunted Ranger.
Skip tells us about his time on Babylon 5, and details his work in putting together the pieces that brought us the cinematic gems we viewed during the series, Crusade and the movies.
Yes, Babylon 5 is one of the shows being made available.
www.babylonpodcast.com /2006/05   (1104 words)

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