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kelmin March 15th 09 22:46

B5 Engineering
 
Howdy --
Anyone know of any good canon or non-canon references, either on-line or purchasable,
to the engineering of the station? The series is (mercifully in my opinion) devoid of "inverse tachyon pulses" and the like, but I would like to know what there is to know about how
things are meant to work.
Thanks!

Triple F March 16th 09 05:22

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Thereís some long out of print stuff kicking around including a CD ROM reference guide and a thing called the B5 security manual. B5tech is your best (on-line) bet. A little canon information mixed in with a lot of fanon Ė though on the whole sensible enough fanon.

http://www.b5tech.com/

This is a link to their forums if you want to ask more specific questions.
http://www.b5tech.org/forum/

More factual information about the ideas behind the designs and the like can be found at B5Scrolls. Though itís VERY light on ship specs and the like.

http://themadgoner.com/B5/B5Scrolls/B5Scrolls.htm

kelmin March 18th 09 19:03

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Terrrific -- thanks. Will check it out ASAP.
KEL

Terrible Tim March 22nd 09 09:16

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Triple F (Post 338124)
More factual information about the ideas behind the designs and the like can be found at B5Scrolls. Though itís VERY light on ship specs and the like.

http://themadgoner.com/B5/B5Scrolls/B5Scrolls.htm

There is some cool stuff on this link!

darth_librarian March 24th 09 08:12

Re: B5 Engineering
 
He's plugging his own site again :P . Makes a change from me doing it for him.

Triple F March 24th 09 17:24

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Could be. :)

Itís a strange thing though. Active interest in B5 is obviously and naturally enough waning a bit. Going by what Iíve read and seen there once was a very active community with many hundreds of sites back in the day.

But the depth of interest in the show is still there to a fair degree I think.

I know, for instance, that living in the same street as me there is at least 7 households with the full set of DVDís and the owners range from little old ladies to young professionals (not the clichťd definition of sci-fi fans in the least). Most of them donít use the internet and those that do know nothing of the fan community (or that site Ė Iíve not told them). Hell, none of them even knew that the Lost Tales existed until after it was released. By the way they also hold things like V, BSG old and new, DS9, voyager, firefly, etc. simply because they enjoyed them, and know nothing of conís or competing fan bases, etc.

An active on-line fan community is used as a gauge to the success or popularity of a thing, and I think to a point itís a good indicator, but itís limited. I think thatís why the DVD sales (possibly a better indicator) give a big hint to the real size of the Ďfaní base. Slow and steady sales that make the company a fortune, as the non-on-line fans discover them when visiting the local store, and the none virtual word of mouth takes longer to spread.

The reason for saying that is, that although you (and occasionally me) mentions B5Scrolls and thereís never a lot of talk about it Ė the content that is - the site has received a pretty regular hit rate for the last couple of years, fluctuating around 20 Ė 40 thousand a month.

So there are still plenty of folks (on and off line) interested in the show, that goes beyond the active posters on various discussion forums (B5Scrolls for example virtually never gets mentioned). Itís one of the reasons that I now hold the view that jms is both B5ís greatest asset but also biggest liability. Remember, Iím basically one of those non-on-line folks that enjoyed the show and accidentally discovered the on-line community after owning the DVDís. Itís also why it focusís on something other than Joe. :)

What Iím basically saying is the interest (not necessary a large active hardcore fan base) is still very much alive.

darth_librarian March 25th 09 09:17

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Its deep but as you said, a passive interest prehaps. Possibly due to lack of new material to stimulate it. Your site has real interesting content, and really really good interviews. That helps, it actually persuaded me to rewatch them vids again, and buy LOTR on DVD.

Anyhow, the websites I administer would kill for 20-40 thousand hits a month. You need some discreet Google advertising on there I think.

I think there is possibly quite a lot in your views on JMS.

Triple F March 25th 09 13:22

Re: B5 Engineering
 
To be honest I wouldn’t know where to start in putting ads on the site, besides there’s no space to fit the buggers onto it. Plus, and I realise this sounds pompous or in some other way that I’ve got my head firmly entrenched up my own arse, but I don’t want to make money on it - not that I’ve anything against making money. :)

If I could get away with it I’d not even mention it on forums as I always feel like a bit of a pimp doing it, but it was the only way I could figure to let people know it existed – it’s not an exercise in looking for kudos, though I realise it probably can look like it.

Though, a while back, it struck me that wiki was the way to go, so updated (read completely re-wrote) the articles on the Starfury and Omega. I think that’s where the ‘sustained’ hit rate originates from.

I read what you said about LOTR in another thread, and totally agree, it’s a bit of fun (and that shouldn’t be lost sight of when analysing it) . . . . it’s how I always approached the site as well.

darth_librarian March 25th 09 13:38

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Ahh, Wikipedia. Thats of interest.

Triple F March 25th 09 15:53

Re: B5 Engineering
 
I tried checking your profile, first time looking at that system since registering, but didnít find any links to the sites you mentioned to have a look at them. Where are they? :)

Are they sci-fi related?

darth_librarian March 26th 09 08:02

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Hell no. Academic. Its my job.

kelmin March 29th 09 14:49

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by darth_librarian (Post 338856)
Its deep but as you said, a passive interest prehaps. Possibly due to lack of new material to stimulate it.

This may not be your cup of tea new-material-wise, but the project I'm working on is
a lengthy fanfic starring the (totally made up) chief engineer of B5. Who we never see. Who runs the place, anyhow?

NB: I absolutely do NOT count the buffoons in "The View From the Gallery" as part of this staff.

So, a shameless plug for "In the Core: Ch. 1: Broken In." (Yes, I do mean "core" and not "corps;" not a teep to be found.)
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4951591/1/In_the_Core

(Newbie alert! Is there a designated appropriate place for posting links to fanfic?)

Let me know if you think it's worth continuing. The plan is to follow engineering through the series, with technical problems in each chapter, and a worker-caste Minbari coming soon. Chapter 2: The Core is Mother, the Core is Father coming soon. If it sucks too bad I'll stop, I promise.

KEL

vacantlook March 29th 09 22:05

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kelmin (Post 339147)
(Newbie alert! Is there a designated appropriate place for posting links to fanfic?)

The B5.related forum is probably the most appropriate place for posting links to fanfic.

Galahad April 6th 09 20:23

Re: B5 Engineering
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kelmin (Post 339147)
This may not be your cup of tea new-material-wise, but the project I'm working on is
a lengthy fanfic starring the (totally made up) chief engineer of B5. Who we never see. Who runs the place, anyhow?

Are you including Guerra, Morden's doppleganger from The Gathering (Ed Wasser originally played someone with an Engineering background, not sure of his rank though), and what of the dodgy geezer who shuts the lights off at the end of Sleeping in Light?

Did his career track pack to the early days of B5?:devil::p;)

In all seriousness, good luck with it all though.:)

Republibot 3.0 November 25th 09 14:36

Re: B5 Engineering
 
I'm assuming you guys have probably already seen this, but just in case you hadn't, the Wiki article on the Omega Class Destroyers has a very cool section on stuff that was designed for the ships, but never actually used in the show
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_c...but_never_used


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