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Fanfiction Mailing List
Name: unrestb5
Date(s): active in 1997/98
Founder(s): Wally
Fandom: Babylon 5
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unrestb5 was an adult Babylon 5 fan fiction mailing list founded by Waldo.

Comments by Fans


In 1997/1998, I had a run in with the people running the mailing list unrestb5. Some one was forwarding me their digests, which as a minor, I should not have been privy to because they contained adult content and my getting them put them at legal risk." [1]


I don't think that people who are in fandom now process how small online fandom actually was during the mid to late 1990s. It was gigantic and active compared to what had existed before. It was teeny-tiny compared to what fandom has become today. Once upon a time there were four largish fandoms, with four largish archives (for their time). There was X-Files, with Gossamer. There was Star Trek, with the ASC Archive, now Trekiverse. There was Forever Knight, with their archive. And there was Babylon 5, with their division into the gen/non-adult archive, the adult mailing list, and a couple of large relationship archives.

All these fandoms were pretty contained across a couple of limited spaces. All these fandoms had crossovers (authors, readers, and those who discussed) with one another. All these fandoms affected one another in a way that was pretty direct and quick compared to today.

I look back and ask myself: why in hell didn't I download the John/Delenn ftp archive one of those many times I was there? Why did I delete my personal archive of unrestb5 that one day I was cleaning up my e-mail? Babylon 5 fan fiction, once a major fandom, has all but vanished off the face of the Internet. [2]


  1. ^ comment by Laura Hale at User:Laura/Timeline
  2. ^ from cschick at It was an oddly fannish history type of day... (2011)