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Book Review: “Pleasure Thresholds: Patricia Tallman’s Bablyon 5 Memoir”
By Patricia Tallman

Reviewed by: Fox

I have always been a fan of the strong, talented women in science fiction. In fact, for a very long time it was only in science fiction that you could find strong female characters who followed their hearts and used their minds, rather than just waiting around for the lead male character to save them. Sci-fi women were my role models when I was a kid, and I still look toward them when I need inspiration. So imagine my thrill when picking up Patricia Tallman’s ‘Pleasure Thresholds’ as a sci-fi geek, and finding that the woman behind some of these powerful characters is also strong, talented, AND can tell a great story! The first two I was already fairly certain of, having met her online, (caveat she’s very nice, check her out on twitter: @patriciatallman :) but the third made me even happier.

‘Pleasure Thresholds’ is a title taken from one of Patricia Tallman’s more famous lines in Babylon 5 and the book contains her experiences working on the show, but so much more. In her conversational writing style Ms. Tallman also tells her own story, from her beginnings in Illinois through her amazing experiences as a stunt woman in the likes of Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, and Jurassic Park. Then her story moves into the story of Babylon 5 space station saga, including some of her experiences on the sci-fi convention circuit with other members of that cast. Throughout, she shares pictures she took over the years. SO MANY pictures!

If you’re curious about the inner workings of Babylon 5, look no further. This book is straining its spine with pictures and stories from behind the scenes on the space station. There are both happy and heart-breaking tales of Ms. Tallman herself and cast mates both alive and passed. But if you’re also curious about the acting or stunt work professions, or if you enjoy well told stories about a woman who is both a seasoned professional and a little crazy in a good way, this book is for you too.

Much like the space station, Patricia Tallman is powerful, tough, and beautiful. Hers is a story of passion and resilience that will resonate for anyone who likes strong women, sci-fi, or like me, both!

‘Pleasure Thresholds’ is alone well worth the price for a glimpse into the inner workings of Babylon 5 and life of such a woman, but it also comes with a bonus CD-ROM containing a bunch of extras, (some containing chickens… don’t ask) and is signed by not only Ms. Tallman, but also the creator of Babylon 5 himself, Mr. J. Michael Straczynski!

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Dec. 20th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
The revisions work really well. Great job!
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