#5: The Touch of Your Shadow, The Whisper of Your Name
|Written by Neal Barrett Jr.||Dell Publishing, 1996|
This story is set between the episodes The Fall of Night and A Day in the Strife.
| The population of the station begin to
suffer nightmares of death and destruction, and riots begin to break out.
An unidentified spatial phenomenon - a green "worm" of light
nine million miles long - is approaching Babylon 5, but it can only be
seen through direct observation, it does not show up on any computer
Sheridan orders a science team to launch an investigation. Earthdome has also heard of the event and seem frightened by it, unwilling to send any military assistance. A Psi Corps agent, Martina Coles, staying on Babylon 5 feels compelled toward Ambassador Kosh but meeting him provides her with nothing useful. Garibaldi gets himself accepted into an interspatial motorcycle gang, Fermi's Angels.
A shady evangelist, Reverend Bobby James Galaxy of the Universal Church of Solar Illumination stirs things further by claiming that the Worm's mission is to destroy all heretics - namely, everyone but the humans. Ivanova tries to prevent a mob from fleeing the station on a freighter, the hull of which is ruptured and a number of lives are lost. Kosh calls to Coles again and shares with her his knowledge of the worm: nothing, but a sense of fear and dread which deeply affects her.
Galaxy, together with the Angels, formulate a plan to destroy the station when the Worm arrives. Fighting continues to escalate - including a tussle between Lennier and Garibaldi, and Delenn and Sheridan. The Worm arrives... and nothing happens but a power blackout. Life returns to normal.
Notes: Garibaldi's motorcycle craze is recalled (Eyes).