This page consists of the newer series of books which are all set up
as trilogies. These books are definately better than most of those that
came before and are considered canon (meaning they continue the B5 storyline)
for the B5 series. All of these books were based off of a detailed outline
that J. Michael Straczynski (B5's writer and creator) wrote. So far, there
have been the Bester/Psi-Cops,
Centauri Prime/Legions of Fire and the beginning
of the Techno-Mages trilogies.
NOTE: Triologies are listed by publishing date from newest to
NOTE: Books within the trilogies are listed by publishing date from oldest to
Book I: Casting Shadows
Author: Jeanne Cavelos --
Published: Feb 2001 --
The Passing of the Techno-Mages Trilogy
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The spectacular space epic continues, as the techno-mages face the growing threat of the
Shadows ... As Elric and his student Galen watch with taut anticipation, dragons, angels,
and shooting stars rain from the sky, heralding the arrival of the techno-mages on the
planet Soom. But rumors fly of approaching danger and Galen and his young lover, Isabelle,
are chosen to investigate the dark tidings. An ancient race has awakened after a thousand
years, thirsty for war, slaughter, and annihilation. Will the techno-mages be the deciding
factor in the war ahead? Or the first casualties?
I was totally blown away. This series is the most page heavy of the three trilogies and it
is worth every word. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I fell in love. This book takes
place during the first season of B5 and recounts how the mages decided to deal with the
return of the Shadows. Jeanne's background in the sciences really shines in her revealing
look into the mages technology. The only complaint is her use of the term "mind's eye". I
just wish she had come up with a more mage-like description ... Even so, I highly recommend
reading this book and in doing so, you will want to become a techno-mage before the end.
JMS AT B5 SAID:
I tend to agree that this is probably the best of the trilogies done
There's actually going to be a LOT of Crusade stuff in the trilogy,
because at the time I wrote the outlines, the series was still in the works. So some of
the stuff I'd planned to reveal in the series will be revealed here.
JEANNE CAVELOS AT ABOUT.COM SAID:
I also added lots of stuff that wasn't in Joe's outline, like
storylines for Kosh and Anna Sheridan, and Galen's quest to understand the tech and
I realized a few months ago that THE PASSING OF THE TECHNO-MAGES is
in some weird way a kind of Harry Potter for adults.