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RIP Jerry Doyle, Babylon 5's Mr. Garibaldi RIP Jerry Doyle, Babylon 5's Mr. Garibaldi

Jerry Doyle, best known for his role as Chief of Security Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5, has passed away at the age of 60.

The Most Deadly And Disgusting Liquors In Science Fiction And Fantasy The Most Deadly And Disgusting Liquors In Science Fiction And Fantasy

With fictional worlds come fictional alcohol. But not just alcohol that's bad for you in the usual ways — bad for you in the "this will kill you if you drink it" kind of ways. These are drinks bartenders need hazmat suits to prepare and serve.

Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero

Sometimes it seems like every villain is obsessed with murdering the hero of the story. (Or making the hero realize they're alike.) But it's not true — in fact, some of the best villains have their own goals, and the hero just happens to get in the way. Here are some great villains whose schemes don't revolve around…

Babylon 5 Could Soon Be Rebooted As A Feature Film Babylon 5 Could Soon Be Rebooted As A Feature Film

Original series creator J. Michael Straczynski has announced plans for a feature-length Babylon 5 film that would begin production 2016.

What's The Most Disastrous First Encounter Between Two Civilizations? What's The Most Disastrous First Encounter Between Two Civilizations?

First contact can be a delicate business. When humans encounter aliens (or fairies, or other creatures) for the first time, it can easily go very, very wrong. Any first meeting between two peoples can turn bloody at a moment's notice. But what's the most horrific first contact scenario in science fiction and fantasy?

Who's the most awesome alien race in the entire universe? Who's the most awesome alien race in the entire universe?

Science fiction is full of alien races who kick all kinds of ass, including tough warrior races and highly advanced super-intelligent aliens. But who's the greatest race of all? Which race do you wish you could go spend a year or two living with? Who's most likely to conquer all other races in the multiverse?

Who's going to replace Steven Moffat as Doctor Who showrunner? Who's going to replace Steven Moffat as Doctor Who showrunner?

Steven Moffat's been in charge of Doctor Who's storytelling since 2010, and he's probably nearing the end of his tenure. So everybody's wondering who could take over this insanely demanding job, when the show regenerates next time. Let's break down seven prospects, in order of most likely to least likely.

What Science Fiction or Fantasy Show Should Come With a Warning Label? What Science Fiction or Fantasy Show Should Come With a Warning Label?

Sometimes when you're trying to get your friends into a show for the first time, you have to pass along some wisdom. Like, which episodes to skip, or what stuff is worth sitting through. But which TV show do you wish you could add a warning label to, for everybody who watches it for the first time?

11 Fearsome Warrior Races (That Would Be Ridiculously Easy to Defeat) 11 Fearsome Warrior Races (That Would Be Ridiculously Easy to Defeat)

An entire species of warriors is one of the most thrilling tropes from science fiction and fantasy. Bred only for combat, with a culture based entirely on war and destruction. But sometimes that single-minded focus on slaughter can actually have its drawbacks. Here are 11 fictional warrior races that would be easy to…

The 10 Most Unbelievable Alien Races in Science Fiction The 10 Most Unbelievable Alien Races in Science Fiction

Chances are when we meet actual extraterrestrials, they'll be so different, our minds will be blown. But science fiction has to make do, which is why we get so many humans with wacky foreheads. Sometimes, though, we meet an alien race that could never have evolved, no matter what. Here are the 10 most unbelievable…

What's the most pointless rivalry or schism in all of fandom? What's the most pointless rivalry or schism in all of fandom?

The great thing about science fiction and fantasy is that there's a nearly limitless amount of books, movies, TV shows and comics to celebrate. But sometimes, people decide that you can only be a fan of one thing or another. You have to choose. What's the most pointless rivalry in all of fandom?

Pranks from science fiction and fantasy that teach Very Special Lessons Pranks from science fiction and fantasy that teach Very Special Lessons

Pranks can do more than provide a little comic relief. They can teach important lessons. Like, "Don't take yourself too seriously." Or "Here's a taste of your own medicine." Or "I'm a dick." Here are pranks from science fiction and fantasy, some of which say something of value and some of the "I'm a dick" variety.

Babylon 5's J. Michael Stracynski explains why most TV scifi is awful Babylon 5's J. Michael Stracynski explains why most TV scifi is awful

Talking to Slashdot, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski delivers a thundering indictment of network execs' attitudes to science fiction on television:

io9's March TV Madness: Vote for the 16 Greatest Scifi Shows of All Time! io9's March TV Madness: Vote for the 16 Greatest Scifi Shows of All Time!

The first round of our tournament to determine the best sci-fi and fantasy show of them all is now in the books, and 32 teams are left to battle it out for the title. Vote now and decide the bracket fates of Doctor Who, The X-Files, Twilight Zone, Fringe, Lost, Game of Thrones, both Battlestar Galacticas, three Star…

io9's March TV Madness: Vote Now for the Greatest Sci-Fi Shows Ever! io9's March TV Madness: Vote Now for the Greatest Sci-Fi Shows Ever!

On Tuesday, you voted on the first 32 of the shows in our tournament, and now it's time to decide the rest of the first round. You determine the fates of Doctor Who, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lost, Babylon 5, Farscape, both Battlestar Galacticas, and many more! The polls are open until midnight Pacific time…

The Strange, Secret Evolution of Babylon 5 The Strange, Secret Evolution of Babylon 5

February 22, 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Babylon 5: The Gathering, the pilot film for what would eventually become the Babylon 5 television series. The show arguably changed the way narrative television works, and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski also changed the rules for TV creators…

10 Most Incompetent Space Captains in the Universe 10 Most Incompetent Space Captains in the Universe

Space is an unforgiving medium. Out there, in the tractless depths, the slightest mistake can be fatal for everybody. And that goes a hundredfold for mistakes by commanding officers. A single mistake can mean the death of hundreds, if not millions, of people. And there are plenty of commanders and captains who've…

TV Show Opening Monologues That Are Worth Reciting in the Shower Each Morning TV Show Opening Monologues That Are Worth Reciting in the Shower Each Morning

Some mornings, you can barely face the harsh light of day. That whole ordeal of dragging yourself out of bed and cleansing yourself and putting on the required worker garments so that you can go out into the world and deal with the human race just seems... barbaric. Which is why, sometimes, you need to feel like a…

The 20 Best Cliffhangers Ever Shown on Science Fiction or Fantasy TV The 20 Best Cliffhangers Ever Shown on Science Fiction or Fantasy TV

The best science fiction and fantasy television hooks you with endless suspense... including hair-raising cliffhangers. But only the greatest cliffhangers can make you throw your remote at the screen, and keep you wondering for weeks. Here are the 20 awesomest.

Please explain Babylon 5 to us! Please explain Babylon 5 to us!

We at io9 know about a lot of science fiction and fantasy stuff, but we have some gaps in our knowledge. So sometimes, we ask you, the readers, to help plug those gaps and enlighten us about your favorite stuff. Today, we're asking you to educate us about Babylon 5, the space opera TV show that aired from 1994 to…

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