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The Zocalo Today

Welcome to The Zocalo Today! Take your shoes off, get comfortable and stay a while. There is a LOT of information here and you won't want to miss any of it.

The Zocalo Today was begun in 1999 as a way of keeping Babylon 5 fans informed of what was going on within the B5 community. It still does that -- but it has expanded to include science fiction in general. You will find items on STARGATE SG-1, ANDROMEDA, MUTANT X as well as movies and books. We encourage interaction with readers through discussion topics and the general sharing of information. You'll see listings from various rangers around the world -- dropping hints about DVD deals, places where you can see B5 cast members in other roles, etc. We also have a convention calendar so you can see if there is an event coming up in your neighborhood.

Please feel free to send along suggestions for things you would like The Zocalo to include. The Zocalo Today is as much YOUR newsletter as it is mine! I'm just pulling together things for you!

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Friday, June 25, 2004:

1. The Return of the King
2. The Passion of the Christ
3. Buffy season six
4. Star Wars trilogy
5. Pirates of the Caribbean
6. Big Fish
7. Triplets of Belleville
8. Elf
9. Bubba Ho-Tep
10. Tarzan collection
Source: Amazon.com, top-selling genre DVDs, 6/18/04

SKY CAPTAIN: A new trailer for Kerry Conran's SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW has been released by Paramount Pictures. Starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, this action-thriller arrives in theaters on September 17. Story: Famous scientists around the world have mysteriously disappeared and Chronicle reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) along with ace aviator Sky Captain (Law) are on the investigation. Risking their lives as they travel to exotic places around world, can the fearless duo stop Dr. Totenkopf, the evil mastermind behind a plot to destroy the earth? Aided by Franky Cook (Jolie), commander of an all-female amphibious squadron, and technical genius Dex, Polly and Sky Captain may be our planet’s only hope. See the trailer at http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/skycaptainandtheworldoftomorrow.html.

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA: Fox 2000 is remaking the Irwin Allen-created VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. Justin Haythe (The Clearing) has been set to write the script. In the story, the world's most advanced submarine is sent on a deep-sea salvage hunt, inadvertently bringing aboard a predatory organism from the ocean floor. Walter Pidgeon starred in the 1961 original. "Voyage" was also a '60s ABC TV series starring Richard Basehart and David Hedison.

SHADOW DIVERS: Fox 2000 Pictures has acquired Esquire writer Robert Kurson's historical deep sea adventure "Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler's Lost Sub." The book, from Random House, is scheduled for release on Tuesday. The story follows the exploits of two divers who in 1991 discovered a wrecked German U boat sunk deep but alarmingly close to the New Jersey shoreline. The two men, John Chatterton and Rich Kohler, dove to depths approaching 230 feet - the limits of human endurance - to solve the mystery of how it wound up there. Both suffered great losses in the course of solving the mystery: a ruined marriage and the loss of several friends' lives on the wreck.

Spider-Man 2

SPIDER-MAN 2: With rave reviews coming in on SPIDER-MAN 2, HBO hosts a featurette tonight that spins a web into the production of Sam Raimi's blockbuster sequel in which Peter Parker faces new challenges in his personal life...while his alter ego Spider-Man deals with an octopus-armed enemy. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina and James Franco star.



6:00pm on HBO
Star Trek: Nemesis
The crew of the Enterprise must prevent a replica of Capt. Picard from overtaking Earth.

7:00pm on Spike TV
Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Ensigns of Command
Data tries to organize an evacuation of human colonists marked for death by aliens.

8:00pm on CBS
Joan of Arcadia
Requiem for a Third Grade Ashtray
Joan tries to juggle household chores with her other commitments.

8:00pm on Spike TV
Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Survivors
The Enterprise finds an elderly couple the only survivors of an attack on a planet.

8:00pm on TNT
Salem's Lot
Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher, Donald Sutherland, Samantha Mathis, Rutger Hauer and James Cromwell star in this updated version of Stephen King's classic vampire tale. The mini-series airs tonight as one event. It centers around a writer's (Lowe) attempts to understand his haunted past by returning to his roots of evil in a quiet town called Jerusalem's Lot, a quaint location that is home to one nasty group of bloodsuckers who often dine on the local population. Andre Braugher co-stars as a high school teacher who gets caught up in all the nocturnal naughtiness when he tries to help.

8:45pm on HBO
This featurette spins a web into the production of Sam Raimi's blockbuster sequel in which Peter Parker faces new challenges in his personal life...while his alter ego Spider-Man deals with an octopus-armed enemy. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina and James Franco star.

9:00pm on Spike TV
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Part 1 of 2: Improbable Cause
Odo investigates an attempt on Garak's life.

10:00pm on Spike TV
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Part 2 of 2: The Die Is Cast
A Romulan/Cardassian alliance plans to attack the Dominion.

10:00pm on Showtime
Dead Like Me
Business Unfinished
The reapers hold a seance for a determined ghost.


Stargate SG-1
Divide and Conquer
SG-1 falls victim to Goa'uld mind control.

Stargate SG-1
In meeting a benign alien race, SG-1 comes into contact with a third race.

Double or Nothingness
Dylan responds to the destruction of a ship but soon realizes that scenarios are computer-generated.

Stargate SG-1
Part 1 of 2: Lost City

Stargate SG-1
Part 1 of 2: Heroes
The president sends a crew to film procedures at the base.


Thursday, June 24, 2004:
Stargate SG-1 1.8
Mutant X 1.7
Andromeda 1.5
She Spies 1.4
Angel 1.3
The X-Files 1.2
3rd Rock 1.2
Beastmaster 1.2
Buffy 1.2
The outer Limits 1.1
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 5/31/04 - 6/6/04

Executive Producer, Robert C. Cooper, told SCI FI Wire that the upcoming eighth season of STARGATE SG-1 will wrap up a few things. "To a certain extent I hope that fans will feel that at the end of this season that a lot the threads and storylines that ... they want to see resolved will be resolved." In an interview on the show's Vancouver, B.C., set, Cooper said, among other things, the series will deal once and for all with the Replicator threat. "They become a force in our galaxy, and then ultimately get into a ... big war with the Goa'uld," he said. "And we kind of get caught in between the two and have to decide who we want to side with and help." Cooper added that the show will deal with the fallout of Daniel Jackson's (Michael Shanks) ascendance and return to Earth. "Daniel's going to come to a bit of a closure with the whole ascendance storyline and what happened to him while he was ascended and his relationship with Oma and his kind of personal battle with Anubis and his feeling of responsibility for maybe not being able to complete the process of eliminating Anubis." And SG-1 will deal further with the Jaffa rebellion, including reprising the character of Ishta, played by Star Trek: Enterprise's Jolene Blalock, who first appeared in the season-seven episode "Birthright." Will this season by the last? Cooper said, "We also are not going to completely end the show. We never wanted to end the show. Our intention was to leave it open so that SG-1 was still out there on adventures and also leave the door open for features or TV movies or direct-to-video movies or whatever, that sort of thing, so that the franchise will continue." Stargate SG-1 returns with a two-hour season premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT July 9.

RAISING THE DEAD: The Hollywood Reporter reports that Alison Eastwood ("Poolhall Junkies") is set to star in and produce the indie feature RAISING THE DEAD. The project, written by Julie Koehnen, centers on a restaurant manager (Eastwood) whose reunion with her siblings at their father's funeral brings out a dark secret. Isaac Eaton ("Shadow Hours") is directing, with Peer J. Oppenheimer producing. Amy Sommer is exec producing. Eastwood is the daughter of Clint Eastwood.

FANTASTIC FOUR: Avi Arad, producer of all films Marvel, is expected to announce the full cast of his FANTASTIC FOUR film next week, with Emmy-winning actor Michael Chiklis of The Shield a strong contender for The Thing. "Chiklis is tough and rugged, yet he has a likable quality — and that's The Thing," Spidey/Fantastic Four creator Stan Lee said. The Notebook's Rachel McAdams is emerging as a likely choice to play Sue Storm. "She'd be great," Arad hinted. "We like her a lot." Lots of speculation -- we'll find out next week for sure.

THE TALISMAN: Variety reports that Vadim Perelman, who replaced director Ed Zwick on DreamWorks' mystical THE TALISMAN, is dropping out of the project. The project wasn't creatively together in time for the start date. Shooting was originally slated to start in July, then September, then October. The script, in particular, was a sticking point. Adapted by Ehren Kruger from Stephen King and Peter Straub's novel, the screenplay was reworked by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, but rewriting continues. Steven Spielberg secured rights to the book, about a young man's journey to find a talisman that will save his mother's life, in the 1980s. The October shoot date has been cancelled and no other start date has been set. It was to be released in theaters next year.

GHOST STORY: According to Variety, Columbia Pictures has bought the pitch GHOST STORY from writers Jon Felson and Rusty Gorman. The film concerns the 11-year-old son of a newly installed president, who discovers a ghost in the White House, but no one believes him. Felson says, "It's told from the eyes of the child. It's about what it's like to be thrust into a new situation where you lose your privacy and meanwhile your dad has become the most busy person alive." The ghost element of the story is based on White House folklore.

TORONTO TREK: Ranger Stephen says they have received a LOT of items from Babylon 5 (and non-Babylon 5) actors to support Richard Biggs' Memorial Fund. Drop over to http://tcon.icomm.ca/tt18/index.php?pg=charityauction to see what is there -- and to learn how you can participate in the auction! Thanks Stephen for sending along the information.

Wednesday, June 23:
1. The Da Vinci Code
2. Song of Susannah (Dark Tower 6)
3. Angels & Demons
4. The Time Traveler's Wife
5. A Feast for Crows
6. Potter paperback box set
7. Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower 5)
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
9. Wicked
10. The Dark Tower (Dark Tower 7)
Source: Amazon.com, 6/19/04

TWILIGHT ZONE: On September 7, New Line Home Entertainment is releasing a six-disc DVD set of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, UPN's 2002 update of the classic SF TV series by Rod Serling, on Sept. 7. The set will include all 43 episodes of the anthology series, hosted by Forest Whitaker and featuring Jessica Simpson, Jaime Pressly, Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Bateman, Amber Tamblyn, Usher, Jason Alexander, Lou Diamond Phillips, Vivica A. Fox, Dylan Walsh, Portia de Rossi, Patrick Warburton, Paul Rodriquez and Eriq La Salle, among others. The DVD set includes remakes of two popular classic episodes, "The Eye of the Beholder" and "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street." The set also includes "It's Still a Good Life," the sequel to "It's a Good Life," featuring the original stars Bill Mumy and Cloris Leachman.

ZATHURA: Variety says that Tim Robbins will star in Columbia Pictures' ZATHURA, directed by Jon Favreau (Elf). The adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's children's book is set to begin shooting in August. ZATHURA follows two young brothers who are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurtled through space. Robbins will play the boys' father.

SANDMAN CONVENTION: Neil Gaiman, creator of SANDMAN and four VIPs from the award-winning comic book series will be in attendance this fall at a convention held in honor of Gaiman's Shaper of Dreams. Fiddler's Green: A Sandman Convention is the name of the event, to be held November 12 through November 14, 2004 at The Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis, MN. Among the guests of honor are series writer and co-creator Neil Gaiman; Karen Berger, Vice President of DC Comics; Todd Klein, the letterer of the SANDMAN series; Charles Vess, artist of the World Fantasy Award-winning issue #19 ("A Midsummer Night's Dream") and the Eisner Award- winning issue #75 ("The Tempest"); and Caitlan Kiernan, writer of THE DREAMING. The convention will hold two tracks of panel discussions on various topics, ranging from a discussion on the mythology and storytelling aspect of the books to the creative formation of the series and how it impacted comics in general. Additional events such as readings and opportunities to meet the con's guests will also be included, and a dealer's room and art show are also being planned. All the proceeds from the convention will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Additional information can be found at the website www.fiddlersgreencon.org or by writing to info@fiddlersgreencon.org.

300: Zack Snyder (DAWN OF THE DEAD) has been tapped to direct 300, the adaptation of Frank Miller's comic about the ancient Battle of Thermopylae. Snyder will also rewrite the script along with partner Kurt Johnstad. 300, in development at Warner Bros., tells the tale of Spartan king Leonidas and his defensive stand at a mountanous opening. In 480 B.C. Leonidas and 300 of his soldiers were all that stood in the way of the invading Persian army, and there at Thermopylae the Spartans held off the Persians until they were brought down through an act of treachery. Miller turned the story into a five issue comic book mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics.

SCIFI DECLASSIFIED: THE ROSWELL DIG DIARIES: SCI FI Channel and Pocket Books have forged a three-book deal to publish SCI FI Declassified: The Roswell Dig Diaries. Due in bookstores on July 6, The Roswell Dig Diaries, are based on SCI FI's highest-rated original special, The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence, which dealt with the archaeological excavation of the supposed crash site of a UFO in Roswell, N.M. The Dig Diaries is being released near the anniversary of the supposed crash in July 1947. The diaries will reveal never-before-seen information about the 1947 incident at Roswell and will contain the first public release of the final archaeological report on the landmark dig. The book also contains a special foreword by New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. Contributing authors include Roswell investigators Don Schmitt and Tom Carey, University of New Mexico archaeologist Bill Doleman and SCI FI executive Thomas P. Vitale. The editor is Michael McAvennie, a freelance writer from New York. The trade paperback carries a suggested retail price of $14.95.

THE GRUDGE: Buffy's Sarah Michelle Geller will next be seen in THE GRUDGE, a supernatural horror thriller, which is a remake of the hit Japanese movie Ju-On and its sequels. The movie, produced by Spider-Man 2 director Sam Raimi, is the first major American remake of a Japanese horror film to be directed by the original helmer, Takashi Shimizu. The film also stars Bill Pullman, Clea Duvall, Jason Behr and Kadee Strickland. Shot in Tokyo, THE GRUDGE concerns the legend of a curse of someone who dies in the grip of a powerful rage. Those who encounter the curse die, and the curse is reborn, passed like a virus from victim to victim. Gellar plays Karen, an American nurse living in Tokyo, who unknowingly uncovers the source of the curse. The Grudge opens Oct. 29. A trailer for the movie, along with stills and more information can be found at http://movies.yahoo.com/movies/feature/thegrudge.html.

BLADE: TRINITY: Set to open on December 10, a teaser poster for BLADE: TRINITY is now available at http://www.superherohype.com/blade. Wesley Snipes returns as the day-walking vampire hunter in the explosive third and final film in the "Blade" franchise. For years, Blade has fought against the vampires in the cover of night, with the world above unaware of the brutal ongoing war. But now, after falling into the crosshairs of the FBI, he is forced out into the daylight, where he is driven to join forces with a clan of human vampire hunters he never knew existed - The Nightstalkers. Together with Abigail (Jessica Biel) and Hannibal (Ryan Reynolds), two deftly trained Nightstalkers, Blade follows a trail of blood to the an ancient creature that is also hunting him ... the original vampire, Dracula.

EMPIRE: The Hollywood Reporter indicates that 24's Dennis Haysbert has signed on to guest star on ABC's upcoming ancient Rome-themed series EMPIRE. He will play a fictional retired general of one of Caesar's famous legions who becomes a mentor to the young Octavius (Santiago Cabrera). ABC greenlit the production in December for an eight-hour project, an epic take on the fate of the Roman Empire. It follows the story of Julius Caesar's nephew Octavius, who battles general Marc Antony for control of Rome after Caesar is assassinated. Octavius finds an ally in Tyrannus - the gladiator assigned to protect him - and eventually becomes the emperor Augustus. The limited series will be shot in Europe in time for a fall 2004 airdate.

PARANOIA: Variety reports that Paramount and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura have hired Michael Tolkin to adapt PARANOIA, Joseph Finder's tale of corporate espionage. The story is about a lazy but bright young executive fingered for corporate malfeasance and ordered to infiltrate a high-tech rival, where the executive becomes a rising star and seeks to break the bonds with his former company.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004:
JEREMIAH: For all of you who would like to see the remaining episodes of JEREMIAH, Ranger Dave has a suggestion. Drop a note to http://www.sho.com to tell them how much you would like to see the show on the air. You might also suggest reruns of the existing episodes for people who have not seen them -- and even a JEREMIAH marathon! If enough folks send messages, who knows.

Thirteen Ghosts 1.6
Lost Voyage 1.3
Stargate SG-1 1.2
The Frighteners 1.1
Waterworld 1.1
Pitch Black 1.1
Dagon 1.1
Route 666 1.1
Riddick: Lowdown 1.0
Meet Joe Black 1.0
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 5/31/04 - 6/6/04.

ALIAS: As ALIAS prepares to return for its fourth season in January, ABC's entertainment president Stephen McPherson told TV Guide Online that "we lost sight of some of the stuff we fell in love with [in the beginning]." Series creator J.J. Abrams "is talking about getting back to some of the joy that [Sydney Bristow, played by Jennifer Garner,] used to have in her personal life early on ... while still living in this crazy world." The show will reportedly have Sydney balancing her spy work with her personal life, as in the first season. While working on his new pilot, LOST, Abrams said, "Going away to do Lost allowed me to look at Alias in a way that I could not have done otherwise: from the outside. And it was like an incredibly enlightening thing. I suddenly knew in my heart what I wanted and what I didn't want, and I saw what was happening. Not that I wasn't proud of what was there, but I saw some mistakes that I made and I thought, 'Oh, my God.'"

STARGATE SG-1: SPOILER WARNING: Everyone knows there will be a number of changes ahead for the eighth season of STARGATE SG-1. With the premiere slated for July 9, we will be introduced to a number of new things -- including hair for Christopher Judge. Judge, who is not naturally bald, said that seven years of shaving his head daily took its toll. "I got really tired of it," he said. "Just shaving my head every morning. And by three quarters of the way through the season it was really painful to actually shave. So, you know, this is very welcome. Very welcome. Hopefully the fans will like it."

FARENHEIT 9/11: There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding Michael Moore's new documentary, FARENHEIT 9/11. Science Fiction legend Ray Bradbury told AP that filmmaker Michael Moore called him on June 12 to say he was "embarrassed" after Bradbury complained that Moore's film improperly co-opted the title of Bradbury's classic SF novel Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury is demanding an apology from Moore and wants the new documentary to be renamed. Bradbury said, "He suddenly realized he's let too much time go by." Joanne Doroshow, a spokeswoman for Fahrenheit 9/11, Bradbury said he would rather avoid litigation and is "hoping to settle this as two gentlemen, if he'll shake hands with me and give me back my book and title."

SMALLVILLE: HDNet announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution for SMALLVILLE. The first season of the series begins its exclusive cable HD run on HDNet in the fall. "Smallville is an outstanding show with a great concept and exceptional cast," said Mark Cuban, Co-founder and President of HDNet. "HDNet is proud to be the only place where viewers can see all of the series' episodes in its original HD format."
Rumor has it that the fourth season premiere of SMALLVILLE will air on October 6.
ABC Family cable network will begin showing daily repeats of SMALLVILLE on Monday, October 4, 2004 at 7PM.

COMIC BOOK NEWS: Diamond has released its actual sales charts for May. JMS' Amazing Spiderman Issue 507 was #12 and his Supreme Power Issue 10 captured #21.

28 WEEKS LATER: Variety reports that Fox Searchlight is developing a sequel to 28 DAYS LATER, the Danny Boyle-directed horror film that became a fall hit in 2002. With a tentative title of 28 WEEKS LATER, the studio is in talks with Rowan Joffe (BBC's Last Resort) to write the script. Though Boyle is not expected to direct the sequel, he and screenwriter Alex Garland will likely take producing roles alongside the first film's producer, Andrew Macdonald. The low-budget original film, starring Cillian Murphy, grossed $45 million in the U.S. and north of $25 million overseas.

Monday, June 21, 2004:
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: After two weeks atop the box office, HARRY POTTER's reign has come to an end, brought down by 20th Century Fox's new comedy DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY. Taking in an estimated $30 million dollars worth of ticket sales, DODGEBALL powered it way past Steven Speilberg's new romantic comedy/ drama THE TERMINAL, which landed the #2 spot, with $18.7 M and change. Warner Bros. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN came in third adding an additional $17.4 M to its talley that stands at $190 M. SHREK 2 was down a little over 40% from last weekend, but still earning eight figures. The real surprise is GARFIELD; in its second week it made more than either THE STEPFORD WIVES or THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. The perilous 65% drop-off of RIDDICK in its second weekend nearly certainly spells the end of any hopes for a sequel. The week's other major release, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, benefitted from opening on Wednesday, but not by much. The expensive ($100+ M) period adventure made almost $7 M in its first weekend of release. Here are the estimated box office receipts of the top ten films from June 18 through to June 20:
1. DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY $30,000,000 - $30,000,000
2. THE TERMINAL $18,700,000 - $18,700,000
3. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN $17,412,000 - $190,310,000
4. SHREK 2 $13,600,000 - $378,281,000
5. GARFIELD: THE MOVIE $11,000,000 - $42,016,000
6. THE STEPFORD WIVES $9,200,000 - $39,454,000
7. THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK $8,271,000 - $41,354,000
8. THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW $7,550,000 - $166,756,000
9. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS $6,833,000 - $9,619,000
10. TROY $1,710,000 - $128,963,000

GLOBAL FREQUENCY: Variety reports that Nelson McCormick ("Alias," "ER") has signed on to direct The WB's Mark Burnett drama pilot GLOBAL FREQUENCY, which will shoot in Vancouver this August. Based on the comic book by Warren Ellis, the project revolves around a covert intelligence organization, led by the mysterious Miranda Zero, called on to fight evil around the world.

SEATTLE SCIENCE FICTION MUSEM: For those of you interested in more information related to the Seattle Science Fiction Museum, Ranger Anne reports that MSNBC website had a story about the museum's opening, along with a slideshow: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5131002/. The official website of the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame is at: www.sfhomeworld.org/index.asp.

Sunday, June 20, 2004:
JEREMIAH: While plowing through the B5 newsgroup this morning, I cam across this posting related to JEREMIAH. A reader sent a note to Showtime asking when JEREMIAH would return. The response received was this: "The remaining 8 episodes of Jeremiah are scheduled to return to Showtime in the 3rd Quarter of 2004. For more information, explore the 'Jeremiah' series site on sho.com at http://www.sho.com/site/jeremiah/home.do, and perhaps sign up to receive email updates on the series." Oh well, we'll see.

THIEF: Andre Braugher (HACK) is set to star in CBS' new pilot called THIEF, a crime tale that centers around a a group of polished thieves who run afoul of the law and a deadly faction of the Chinese mafia. Mae Whitman, Malik Yoba and Will Yun Lee will co-star in the potential series.

CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR: The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin has signed on to write the screenplay adaptation of the nonfiction book CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR. The book chronicles the true story of the unlikely duo that got the CIA to arm the Afghan rebels fighters against the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

STAR TREK: JMS woke everyone up the other day with his post about submitting a treatment (with Bryce Zabel the creator of Dark Skies) for a new STAR TREK "series that would restore the series in a big way." Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will happen. Too bad. With JMS and Zabel behind a story, it could only have been a wonderful thing! (Read more about the whole thing below in JMS Speaks).

Saturday, June 19, 2004:
WHAT'S NEW IN THE ZOCALO TODAY: There is a lot of information in this issue for you today. Don't miss the JMS comments about ENTERPRISE, new magazines, comics and books that look interesting -- as well as our current discussion topic. Remember, all the new stuff is in some flavor of green!

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES: Paramount Home Entertainment has officially released the details on what will be included on the first season of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES when it arrives on DVD this August 31. All 29 first season episodes from the show will be included in an 8-disc collectible box set along with additional bonus features exclusive to the set's release. Each of the episodes will be presented in full-screen format and in Dolby Digital English 5.1 and English Dolby Surround, with English subtitles and a closed-captioned feature for the hearing-impaired. There are a ton of extras, including interviews with cast members and "Sci-Fi Visionaries": A look at Star Trek's famous writers, featuring interviews with Gene Coon, Harlan Ellison, George Clayton Thomas, Richard Matheson, D.C. Fontana, Gene Roddenberry, Bob Justman and John D.F. Black.

SPIDER-MAN 2: Like many movies these days, there are a ton of spin-off products. Just check out your Cheerio box -- SHREK is on it along with glowing stickers. As SPIDER-MAN 2's June 30 premiere approaches, we'll see more of the stars on media programs. Kirsten Dunst, who returns as Mary Jane Watson in SPIDER-MAN 2, will be a guest on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, June 28. Alfred Molina (Dock- Ock) will be on Jimmy Kimmell Live on Monday, 6/21 and Tobey Maguire will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday, June 22. The premiere will also take place in Los Angeles on the 22nd. E!'s Behind the Scenes special will air on July 1 at 4:30 p.m.; July 2 at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; July 4 at 3 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and July 5 at 3:30 a.m. And product tie-ins! Here arejust a few:
*Kellogg's tie-in campaign with the film is well underway, including Spider-Man cereal and Pop-Tarts.
* Crayola's tie-ins are now in stores, including Character Maker, Spider Writers, Color Wonder Limited Edition Art Set, Window Makers and Velvet Visions.

THE CRAZIES: Paramount has hired horror specialist Scott Kosar to write THE CRAZIES, a remake of George Romero's horror-thriller set up at Paramount-based Penn Station. Variety reports the film will update the storyline of the 1972 original, in which inhabitants of a small Pennsylvania town are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply.

UFOs: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Platinum Studios, the comic book company that moved into film production with Men in Black and the upcoming Cowboys and Aliens, has entered into an exclusive deal with UFO Magazine to develop the publication's extensive library for feature films, video games and comic books. The deal encompasses more than two decades' worth of content related to UFOs and unexplained phenomena. The first two projects in the deal include ESCAPE VELOCITY, a present-day action-adventure about a reporter and a pilot who steal an alien spacecraft from the Air Force, and HIVE, which centers around a woman trying to escape from a mysterious cult. Both projects will be produced as feature films and graphic novels. Platinum has also struck deals with Fog Studios, which will develop interactive games based on the properties and Copyright Licensing Associates, which will handle the licensing of the characters.

SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM Ranger Paul reports that Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame opened in Seattle today. Paul a review on my Web log (as a former SF writer and SFWA officer) at http://bytemeonline.blogspot.com/2004/06/paul-allens-collectors-cabinet.html or, more easily, at the home page of http://www.bytemeonline.com .


Here are some exceprts from the B5 moderated newsgroup I think you'll enjoy:

When JMS was asked if he were going to work on ENTERPRISE, his response was:
A: No, just to clarify, though I got a call last year about coming onto Enterprise, offering an EP position, and declined, the series I mentioned has nothing to do with any current series, it's a new show. As for Manny, he's a good writer, and left to his own devices, I think he could be a big help over there without the other powers that be impeding the process.

Amusingly enough, on the Trek front, Bryce Zabel (the creator of Dark Skies) and I got together and wrote a treatment earlier this year that specified how to save ST and develop a series that would restore the series in a big way. I actually think it could be a hell of a show. Whether that ever goes anywhere with Paramount, who knows?

The newsgroup is also a great way to get help. Here's an example:
JMS writes: I just got a request from Tracy Scoggins, who inquires if there's anybody out there who's done web site creation and design who can come in and volunteer to help her out in creating a very simple site on fairly short notice...nothing terribly elaborate, just a simple informational kind of thing. Emails are fine to avoid plugging up the newsgroup. Thanks.

Talk about response!
Well, it's like 16 hours later and I've had about 300 emails from volunteers to help out Tracy, so I think we've got it covered. Many thanks to all those who volunteered, I've passed on the information to Tracy and she'll be in touch with whoever's work seems most in line with what she wants to do.

June 15, 2004:
Okay, let's try this again. Best to break the ice by just sort of doing a round-up of what's going on and what's coming and suchlike.

I'll try to address some of the questions that have come up about what's coming up.

On the movies DVDs, and what's inside: the main thing is that we've got commentaries on literally every one of them. Mike Vejar and I did a commentary on In the Beginning, I did one with John Iacovelli on The Gathering, and another with Janet Greek and Tracy Scoggins on River of Souls. I can't remember now if I solo'd on A Call to Arms or if Mike was there as well (it all blurs after a while...I've done something like fifteen of these things by now).

There's a separate cast commentary on Thirdspace with, I think, Pat, Jeff, Jesus Trevino, and one or two others.

On the Crusade DVDs, there's one commentary I did on the original pilot (once WB and I came to a meeting of minds, to wit, "I'm gonna say what happened to the show, what *really* happened...you got a problem with that?"). There's a second commentary track with Fiona, Janet, Peter Woodward and Carrie Dobro.

(We interrupt this message with a coded message for our friends in England and Australia: keep your eyes on the horizon.)

One oddity...constant readers will remember a while back when I was asked what TMoS was, and I provided a list of things it *wasn't*. The aforementioned oddity is...one of those things has come up as an adjunct to TMoS.

Also, expect word fairly soon-ish about a new series of B5 novels.

Elsewhere on the prose front...Straczynski Unplugged is out now, and Tribulations will be coming out in December.

I've turned in all three final Rising Stars scripts, and the first issue of the last arc comes out in October, I hear.

Next week a new arc and a new artist starts on Amazing Spider-Man, and it's a stinking cool issue. You can read a preview of the whole issue for free at:


On other projects...I'm making sudden progress with the medieval play I've been twiddling with for the last few years, and may have it done in the next couple of months. Once that happens, my plan is to do a limited, small production for two weeks or so here in LA, just to see how the text works with an audience, then take it away for another few months, twiddle with it some more, then go for a larger venue. I may do something similar in London, since I may be spending a bit amount of time there fairly soon.

And for those who've asked, I won't be in attendence at San Diego Comic Con this year due to a variety of commitments.

Oh...and I've been offered an EP position on a network series, and while I don't usually do that on shows I don't create or develop, when I heard what this project was, I had to get on board. We still have to negotiate a deal, and work out how that will interface with the stuff that'll be going on later in the year, but fortunately the start date for the series should work out, at least at this point.


Patricia Tallman is looking for any recordings of her speaking appearances at conventions. She will reimburse anyone who can send in a video or DVD of Pat telling stories at a convention. She will also send along a new autographed photo (one that no one has yet) and will pay postage and the cost of the vide tape. Here is an address you can use to contact Pat:
Patricia Tallman
6433 Topanga Canyon Blvd. #207
Canoga Park, CA 91303


CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN: Ranger Dave reports that he "saw HALF PAST DEAD today on HBO. Claudia Christian has a fairly good part in it. It will appear on HBO2 and HBO2W on June 18, 24, & 26.


About 20 people had a wonderful time passing along stories of Richard Biggs and talking about shows we like to watch on TV (thanks Lyndonbarry for bringing in the UK interests like Red Dwarf). Since we all seemed to enjoy the company, we decided to do it once a month at 8:00pm EDT. Go to http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/thegalacticgateway/chat to join the chat. The next chat will be on July 7 (since a month from now would be the 4th of July weekend and the following week is Shore Leave's convention.) So we'll meet on Wednesday, July 7 at 8:00pm EDT. Hope to see you there.


Material related to the passing of Richard Biggs has been moved to several pages devoted to him inside The Zocalo Today. Please visit now, and often, to see what has been added. RICHARD BIGGS. We will not forget Richard and let you know as new efforts are put forth in his memory.

Ranger Jan has passed along an update on her auction efforts for Richard's children. She is sending the first check for $2500 off to the family shortly. She will be posting more items for auction soon. For more information, go to:
Auctions to benefit a Richard Biggs Memorial fund: http://tinyurl.com/2az5w
PayPal Account: RBiggsMemorial@aol.com
Personal auctions: http://tinyurl.com/b36t

A major thanks has to go to Ranger Connie for paying to have the condolence book for Richard Biggs remain on-line for the next year over at the LA Times. This will give fans more time to express their love and appreciation for the man Rick was -- and to let his family know how much he meant to us, not only as an actor, but as a human being. Thanks Connie.


Babylon 5 movies Ranger Neil O. sent along the following item from http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=1539 No word yet on CRUSADE or the LEGEND OF THE RANGERS.

Warner Bros Home Video will continue the popular Babylon 5 DVD releases with "Babylon 5: The Movies," news we brought you back in November, 2003. This 5 disc set will contain all 5 movies as well as special features. The set will carry a $59.98 SRP and will be available in stores and online August 17th. "The Gathering" will be presented in 4:3 (original aspect ratio) while the other movies will be 16:9 anamorphic widescreen; all movies will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. The sets will be closed captioned and be subtitled in English, Spanish and French.

Each movie will contain commentary from the creator (J. Michael Straczynski), cast and crew, as well as an introduction for each movie by JMS. Rounding out the special features is the featurette, "Creating the Future - How Science Fiction and the show influenced each other."

The Gathering (1993): Alien envoys come to the giant space station in the pilot that launched the five-year TV series.

In the Beginning (1998): The B5 prequel! It's humans vs. aliens in the battle that led to the station's creation.

Thirdspace (1998): Is there a realm beyond hyperspace? Discovery of a million-years-old gateway technology may hold the answer...and more.

River of Souls (1998): After death, then what? Questions of eternity arise when a supposedly infallible harvester of souls proves to be very fallible.

A Call to Arms (1999): The torch is passed. A race against time to save Earth links the B5 mission with the Rangers' new interstellar efforts.

For more information on Babylon 5 DVDs, go to Babylon 5 DVDs.


If you came into a LOT of money and could hold the BEST convention money could buy, who would you invite -- and where would you hold the event?

Send in your thoughts and ideas to sgbruckner@aol.com. I post them on the Discussion Page for everyone to share and enjoy. See what has come in so far. If you see an old topic you want to respond to, go right ahead. We enjoy hearing from you.


Stargate SG-1 Season 6 DVD


Season six of STARGATE SG-1 is now available. Amazon has had this DVD on their top 10 list for weeks. The DVD boasts incredible special effects sequences, rapid-fire pacing and awesome scenes of alien warfare, this all-new five-disc set of Stargate SG-1 is your gateway to pulse-pounding sci-fi action!

Special features include audio commentary for each episode and twelve "SG-1 Directors Series" featurettes!

Stargate SG-1 Season 6 DVD

For more details and to watch the trailer, go to http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=XXXSETSTARGAT6.


GARY COLE: Ranger Anne reports that Gary Cole (Crusade's Matthew Gideon) has a part in the new Ben Stiller comedy "Dodgeball." Cole plays the TV announcer covering the big money Dodgeball tourney; Jason Bateman plays his (extreme sports) color analyst.

STEPHEN AUSTIN: This loveable Pak'Ma'Ra Ambassador (Stephen Austin) invites you to attend an amazing evening of stand-up and improvisational comedy. Please join us on Friday, June 25th at The Westend Theatre in Los Alamitos. We will entertain, enlighten, educate (ok, not educate) and delight you. Please call (310-890-8022).

TAMLYN TOMITA: Ranger Michael reports that Tamlyn Tomita, who played Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima so wonderfully in the "Babylon 5: The Gathering", has a big part in the new movie "The Day After Tomorrow", which May 28. She is listed about 15th in the credits and doesn't even have her bio up on the movie's website. She plays a NASA scientist who believes the forecast may be right and works with Dennis Quaid's character.

BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Bruce's movie SNAKEHEAD TERROR will be shown again on SCIFI June 27 and on July 22 at 9:00pm ET. Bruce portrays Sheriff Patrick James.

ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES: Robin dropped by an update and I'm sure you'll want to check out a couple of his current projects. He is currently working post production for an independent film he directed entitled "For Pete's Wake." Some production stills can be seen at http://babylon5.jeffcushen.com/sighcorps.php?id=peteswake-onset&keyword=various&pg=1. Be sure to look for familiar faces -- like Pat Tallman! Robin is also in the process of completing an animated film called "Geppettos Secret ." Starring with Eric Roberts, Rene Aubergenois and Tom Bosley... For more information, go to http://www.geppettossecret.com/actors%20and%20characters2.htm


STEPHEN AUSTIN - Here is a vacation idea you may enjoy. Vic Dunlop, Bruce Baum, Stephen Austin's 2005 Comedy Circus Cruise. Sailing March 6-13, 2005 on the Carnival Valor, from Miami, Florida visiting Belize, Isla Roatan, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Visit: www.cruiseevents.net/Dunlop,%20Baum,%20Austi/index.htm for all the info!
Peter as Galen Peter Woodward is cruising the Eastern Caribbean on Jan. 9-16, 2005 and wants YOU to join the fun!!! Sailing January 9-16, 2005, on Holland America's Westerdam, the roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will visit Nassau, St. Marteen, Tortola, & Half Moon Cay. Experience a week in the Caribbean sharing laughs and fun with your new friends. Peter's cruise is unique! The group consists of friendly, people looking to have fun and share experiences. For more information, go to http://www.cruiseevents.net/celebrity.htm and then press Peter's photo. Space is limited! Don't delay, call today! 800-695- 5253 or e-mail: Susan@CruiseEvents.net.


Jerry Doyle Here's the latest from Jerry:
For the radio show, Talk Radio Network is building a new site and will have jerrydoyle.com up and running soon. It will tie into the talkradionetwork.com site as well.

The M-F show launches this coming Monday(5th), 7-10P PST. The call in number is 800/449-8255. Spread the word and give a call if you've got something to plug. I'll still be doing the Saturday show, 8-11P PST. Same phone number for that too. All the best.

All the best.

For more information on Jerry Doyle, Talk Radio Show Host, you may visit www.talkradionetwork.com

Ranger Brian reports that:
Bruce Boxleitner was on Jerry Doyle's Radio Show on Saturday night for about half an hour reflecting on the life of Ronald Reagan and how he impacted their lives. It was an enlightening discussion with Bruce relaying his experience on a visit to the White House during the Reagan administration and how Ronald Reagan inspired him to become a Republican.


Jeffrey Willerth - June 5
Donovan Brown (Optic Nerve) - June 6
Ann Bruice Aling - June 8
Mark Walters - June 10
Susan Norkin (Post) - June 10
Adrienne Barbeau (Amanda Carter) - June 11
Mike Vejar - June 25

Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.


Intergalactic Consortium

To anyone who lives in and or in the area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada I would like to invite you to attend or Join the Intergalactic Consortium. The I.C. is a new science fiction / fantasy group. We generally meet on the last Saturday of every month and generally do not collect any dues. WE are always looking for new members. If you have any questions, need more information or anything else please feel free to e-mail torsf@yahoo.ca or visit our yahoo group at http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/Intergalactic-Consortium/ Hope to hear from some of you.

United Federated Planets

Ranger Anne reports that in January, another chapter was added to the fold... EAS Winter Wolf (in Texas). For more information, go to their site at http://www.ufphq.com/chain_of_command.htm. You will find a great deal of interest in Babylon 5 -- with position currently available on the sector staff--EarthDome, EarthForce and the Alliance. Check it out.

United Federated Planets (UFP) has a Rick Biggs memorial page set up at the following address:


Ranger Andres dropped a note to say that a new club has been formed -- Star Trek Club Venezuela. It is small right now, but they are ready for recomendations, opinions, and/or any other comments. They are plannig our first expocon at the end of the year, into the facilities of Humboldt Planetarium in Caracas. Visit their site at www.trekvenezuela.net.

We have a number of Fan Clubs listed here at the Zocalo. They are those associated with a particular actor -- and there are those devoted to Babylon 5 or science fiction. Be sure to check out the Clubs Page to see if there is an organization near you.


Are you looking for Babylon 5 merchandise? Would you like to possess some of the wonderful patches or pins sold by the B5 Fan Club? Do you want to put in an order for the latest DVD? Bruce at Uncomyn Gifts still has one of the best collections around. Check out www.uncomyngifts.com. You may just find the magazine or t-shirt or patch you are looking for.


Cult Times #106 Cult Times #106: With season eight poised to begin in about 2 weeks, producers Robert C Cooper and Andy Mikita talk about the many changes ahead. Also in the issue, more about 24 and SHE SPIES.

Cult Times Special #30 Cult Times Special #30: This special issue lists the current 50 Feisty Fantasy Females. This issue finds interviews with Allison Mack and Kristin Kreuk from SMALLVILLE, Amanda Tapping from STARGATE SG-1, Torri Higginson from the new STARGATE ATLANTIS series, Lexa Doig from ANDROMEDA, Victoria Prat from MUTANT X and Jasmine Guy from DEAD LIKE ME.

Starburst #312 Starburst #312: Joss Whedon, creator of BUFFY and ANGEL, talks about what the future holds. Also in this issue - The Top 20 Angel Events: Take a trip back over the last five years and revisit some classic moments from one of television’s darkest dramas. SEE! Angel attack Wesley in Forgiving! HEAR! The hilarious quotes from Epiphany! THRILL! As Spike takes a beating in Damage! The magazine also looks at HARRY POTTER and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW.

TV Zone #177 TV Zone #177: The stars of STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS adorn this month's issue. The magazine talks to co-producer and director Martin Wood about what we can expect from the highly-anticipated spin-off series - ATLANTIS. Also inside, ANGEL's James Marsters talks to us about his character Spike’s sacrifice and redemption, his ongoing conflict with Angel, and the fang gang’s.

Expose #86 Expose #86: As the latest HARRY POTTER film takes center stage, Director Alfonso Cuarón and Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe talk about their work on THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, and the relationship between actors and directors. We also get a look at all the new characters and creatures introduced in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Also inside this issues, ALIAS' Jennifer Garner chats us about her latest big-screen outing, 13 GOING ON 30.

Angel Yearbook The 100-page Angel Yearbook serves up a feast of Angel goodies for you to enjoy! There are exclusive chats with the entire cast and a complete guide to Season Five — the last season. Following Angel’s transformation into a puppet in Season Five’s "Smile Time," we take an in-depth look at creating an Angel Muppet! Plus the A-Z of Angel — everything you ever wanted to know… and more!

Cult Times #104 Cult Times #104: SMALLVILLE star Tom Welling is the focus of this issue. The interview focuses on the latest changes in the life of Clark Kent and how it may affect the relationship with Lex Luthor. Also in this issue -- Amy Acker, J. August Richards and Andy Hallett talk about the cancellation of ANGEL.

Expose #25 Expose Special #25: CHARMED is the focus of attention in this issue. Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Paige McGowan look ahead to a seventh season. Others featured in the issue include co-star Dorian Gregory and producer Brad Kern


by Various
This volume contains four complete stories of TV's first paranormal investigator, Carl Kolchak (played to the hilt by Darren McGavin in the 1970s)! Thrill again to the story of a vampire in Las Vegas, based on the TV movie that still has one of the highest ratings of all time! This comic story was adapted from the screen by Kolchak's very own creator, writer Jeff Rice! Then, experience the terror of a small mining town that has unexplained murders, in an adaptation of an unfilmed script from the TV show! Then, get the chills from horror/mystery novelist extraordinaire Stuart Kaminsky's original Kolchak tale of experiencing your worst fears! And finally, thrill to an all-new, never-before-seen original Kolchak tale from X-Files comics scribe, Stefan Petrucha! Stories illustrated by Artists Gordon Purcell, Christopher Jones, and Doug Klauba (who also provides the cover image)!

SC, 7x10, 160pg, FC..........$17.95

Smallville #1 The new magazine to bring you all the latest news, interviews and behind-the-scenes secrets from Smallville is here! The first issue of the monthly Smallville magazine includes an interview with the star of the show Tom Welling, talking about life as the teenage Clark Kent. Series creators Al Gough and Miles Millar discuss the re-imagining of the Superman legend and we examine Clark¹s increasing powers! Plus, a fantastic free Tom Welling poster! (Titan Publishing Group)

NEWSSTAND-Magazine, 68pg, FC..........$5.99
EXCLUSIVE-Magazine, 68pg, FC..........$5.99

by Paul Simpson

Packed with exclusive interviews, unseen photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, and a complete episode guide, plus insights into the world of Smallville, with excerpts from the town newspaper and even a look at the mysterious LexCorp, this authorized companion tells fans everything they need to know about the first season of the hit WB television series, Smallville. (133/1-84023-795-3) (CAUT: 4)

SC, 6x9, 176pg, PC..........$14.95

Writers on Comics Screenwriting Writers On Comics Scriptwriting Volume 2 tp
by Tom Root & Andrew Kardon

Packed with fascinating behind-the-scenes information, anecdotes, and stories from the hottest writers working in comics today, this second volume of Writers on Comics Scriptwriting offers insider insight into every aspect of the creative process from the likes of Kevin Smith, Mike Mignola, Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Bruce Jones, Greg Rucka, and Bill Willingham, among other notable comics luminaries.

Stargate Scripts Stargate SG-1: The Essential Scripts TP
by Sharon Gosling

Far more than a script book, this essential Stargate SG-1 series guide is packed with bonus material including an in-depth introduction about writing for the show, deleted scenes, commentary and background, plus exclusive interviews with the writers, directors, and cast members. The following original Stargate SG-1 shooting scripts — complete with annotations — were specially selected for this volume: "2010," "Abyss," "The Fifth Race," "The Torment of Tantalus," "Window of Opportunity," and "Wormhole Xtreme."
(133/1-84023-887-9) (CAUT: 4)
SC, 6x9, 352pg, b&w..........$17.95


Ranger Dave writes that books by Bruce Boxleitner, John DE Lancie(Q), and William Shatner are available on Bookcloseouts.com in hard cover. They also now have a paperback listing and book prices are greatly reduced. Check it out.


To Dream In the City of Sorrows DelRey is reprinting the original Babylon 5 novels. They started with #7 - Jeanne Cavelos' THE SHADOW WITHIN. Here's one I've been waiting for -- Kathryn Drennan's TO DREAM IN THE CITY OF SORROWS. The release date is scheduled for July 29, 2003. I love the new cover art! It can be pre-ordered from www.amazon.com. For those of you who love Babylon 5, this one reads just like an episode from the series. You just can't put it down.


Here is a new feature for your enjoyment. I received some new book reviews that I've posted on a separate Book Review Page. Let me know if you enjoy this new feature -- and we'll continue to offer them as they are received. Agree with the review? Disagree? We can post those as well.

Other science fiction material, outside of the B5 environment can be found on the Materials Page.


Ranger Dan sends along the following information about a free, online library:

There is a free online library of Sci Fi books at www.baen.com . I have the paperbacks and hardcovers of several of the books (notably 1632 and 1633 by Eric Flint) and they are very good multi arc stories. To access the books click on Free Library then Authors. (I am not affiliated in any way with baen just happened to be a reader and looked their site up after enjoying several of their publications).


The Hubble project is in jeopardy. Please visit http://www.savethehubble.org/petition.jsp and sign the petition to have NASA reconsider funding for the project.



Amazing Fantasy #1 Amazing Fantasy #1 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics.
The issue is written by Fiona Avery*, with art and cover by Mark Brooks.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"She¹s fierce, she's sassy...she sticks to walls. Amazing Fantasy #1 is where it all begins: Meet an all-new, all-different heroine! Fiona Avery and Mark Brooks launch a surprising series of teen-friendly adventures set in the current Marvel Universe!"

Amazing Fantasy #1 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.99.
(Fiona was a reference specialist at Babylon 5 and later wrote an episode of Crusade.)


Strange #1 Written by J. Michael Straczynski and Samm Barnes, penciled by Brandon Peterson, cardstock cover by Brandon Peterson.

The master of the mystic arts is back -- as only J. Michael Straczynski and artist Brandon Peterson could envision him. Brash young surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange is on a collision course with destiny -- a journey that will force him to search the deepest corners of his own heart...and the outer reaches of the cosmos.

32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Sept. 15.


Amazing Spiderman #512 Written by J. Michael Straczynski, art and cover by Mike Deodato.

"Sins Past," part 4 of 5. The worst defeat that Peter Parker ever endured -- a moment frozen in the minds of Spider-Man fans everywhere -- was supposed to be far in his past. But now, two villains -- ripped, perhaps, directly from that very moment -- have emerged and they threaten to destroy everything that he holds dear.

32 pages, $2.25, in stores on Sept. 29.


Amazing Fantasy #4 Written by Fiona Avery, art and cover by Mark Brooks.

Part 4 of 6. Being a freshman in high school is bad enough -- now Marvel's newest hero has to survive her first week of training at her new after-school "job" with a shadowy organization. It's out of the frying pan and into the fire -- but will she get burned by a jealous peer before she gets a chance to prove herself? Also, time for a makeover: A brand-new costume debuts for summer's hottest debut title.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 29.


Madrox #1 Written by Peter David, penciled by Pablo Raimondi, cover by David Lloyd.

Jamie Madrox, stabbed, staggering off a bus. Jamie Madrox, setting up a detective agency in the heart of Mutant Town. Jamie Madrox, a peaceful Shaolin priest. Which is the real Jamie Madrox? In this noir-esque thriller of a limited series, it's possible that even Madrox doesn't know anymore. Peter David, acclaimed for his run on X-Factor, reunites several of that title's most popular and whimsical characters--Jamie Madrox, Wolfsbane, and the aptly named Strong Guy -- and sends them on an adventure of light and darkness. Featuring the incredibly moody pencils of Pablo Raimondi.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 15.


Written by Joss Whedon, art and cover by John Cassady.

"Gifted," part 5 of 6. As demand for the "mutant cure" reaches near-riot levels, the X-Men finally go head-to-head with Ord, with an unexpected ally -- and some unexpected adversaries -- tipping the scales.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 22.


Amazing Spiderman #508 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #509

Amazing Spider-Man #509 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from Marvel Comics. The issue is written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art and cover by John Romita Jr.

Here's how Marvel describes the issue:
"The enigmatic Ezekiel returns to Peter's life. But is he the same man who stood by Spider-Man's side in his hour of need, or will he prove to be something much deadlier?"

Amazing Spider-Man #508 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.25.

For a preview of the issue, go to http://www.milehighcomics.com/firstlook/marvel/spidey509/.


Stargate Comic #2 STARGATE SG-1 Comic Issue #2 now in stores
MARCH 31, 2004

The second installment of the new Stargate SG-1 comic book series is now available at retailers worldwide. "P.O.W." #2 tells part two of a 3-issue story, in which Colonel Jack O'Neill finds himself a captive of the Goa'uld. "This is meant to be our introduction to the Stargate world for new comic fans and a fun treat for the hardcore fans," said author James Anthony Kuhoric. The issue features a recounting of the events of the original "Stargate" film, as well as the beginning of the TV series. "In addition to establishing the background as a starting point for future comic book series, this feature amalgams the two universes [of the film and the TV series] into SG-1 continuity. We get to see Richard Dean Anderson as O'Neill during the first Abydos mission!"

With a story by Kuhoric and art by Renato Guedes, "P.O.W." #2 carries a $3.50 price tag and is available in several different covers. Fans who can't find the issue can order it from the publisher's online store, at ComicCavalcade.com.

"P.O.W." #3 is currently on stands, followed by a brand new 3-part series, "Fall of Rome," which will introduce new characters and expand the Stargate universe.


BABYLON 5 and CRUSADE are not currently listed on any SCIFI schedule.


25-JUN-04 7:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 2001
25-JUN-04 10:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 (LBX) HEROES - PT 1




Crusade Poster - TNT Stephen & Bill Mumy Peter Woodward on Charmed

Peter Woodward has sent along a new photo -- a rather dreadful one -- from his appearance on CHARMED. It will be added to the collection of photos available from Peter, including additional copies of the Crusade poster in photo format. Both are autographed by Peter.

You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and Crusade cast members at fantastic prices. Check out Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't beat the prices! Just let me know which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.


John Cook has a wonderful collection of cartoons -- many are take-offs from Babylon 5. Here's just one of them.
Rebulding Stations?
He has a cartoon caption contest going on as well. Try your hand at a punch line.

Go to http://contests.sev.com.au/index.php?contestid=1


Pinky & B5 Brain While catching up on my e-mail yesterday morning, I got an instant message from LFMOA along with a nice goodie that I can share with readers. Thanks for sending along your version of Pinky and the B5 Brain.

Sex and the Jedi Tye Bourdony's latest Lighter Side of Sci-Fi satire can be seen here and at Tye's website www.thelightersideofscifi.com.


June 24-27, 2004
For more information, visit their website at http://www.originsgames.com/ .

June 24-27, 2004
Escapade Convention
Location: Radisson Hotel
City: Boston, Massachusetts
Guest: Virginia Hey (Farscape)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.escapadeboston.com/guests.

July 2-4, 2004
Location: Double Tree International Hotel
City: Toronto, Canada
B5 Guest: Walter Koenig
Other Guests: Christopher Judge, Lani John Tupu (Farscape), George Hertzberg (Buffy)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.tcon.icomm.ca/tt18 .

Toronto Trek will have a number of activities to honour the memory of Richard Biggs at this year's convention. There will be a book of condolences where fans can sign and leave messages to Richard's family. We will also accept any photos or artwork (of reasonable size) and this will be mailed to the family. In addition, we have received a number of donations from various Babylon 5 actors to be sold at the Charity Auction (Sunday Morning - FREE Event - No membership required) with the money raised from these items going to the education trust fund for Richard's children.

There will also be a general Donation Jar at the convention for the trust fund. In addition, we have been granted permission to show the Babylon 5 tribute video.

July 2-4, 2004
Location: Indianapolis Sheraton Hotel and Suites
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
B5 Guest: Jason Carter
Other Guests: Author Eric Flint; director David Winning
For more information, visit their website at http://www.inconjunction.org.

July 2-4, 2004
Alias Rendevous
Location: Radisson Edwardian Hotel
City: Heathrow, London, UK
Guests: Bradley Cooper, David Anders, Merrin Dungey
For more information, visit their website at http://www.wolfevents.com .

July 2-4, 2004
Location: Louisville, KY
Guests: Brian Downey (Lexx), Dick Durock (Swamp Thing), Jackson Bostwick (Captain Marvel) & Ellen Dubin (Giggerota)
For more information, visit their website at http://www.heroicon.com/.

July 9-11, 2004
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Guests: Cirroc Lofton, Teryl Rothery, Nicole deBoer, Brian Thompson, Michael Welch, Thom Christopher, Mercedes McNab, Clint Howard, Greg Evigan, Chase Masterson
For more information, visit their website at http://www.shore-leave.com/ .

July 10-11, 2004
Location: Burbank Airport Hilton & Towers
City: Burbank, California
For more information, visit their website at http://www.fansofstargate.com .

July 14-19, 2004
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
Guests: Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Corin Nemec, Teryl Rothery, Colin Cunningham, Jr Bourne, Douglas Arthurs
For more information, visit their website at http://www.gatecon.com/ .

July 22-25, 2004
Location: San Diego, California (USA)
Guests: To be announced
For more information, visit their website at http://www.comic-con.org .

July 23-25, 2004
Location: Thistle Heathrow Hotel - London
Guests: John Rhys-Davis, Colin Cunningham, J.R. Bourne, Andrea Thompson, Sarah Douglas, Peter Stebbings, Marc Cass
For more information, visit their website at http://www.l3conventions.co.uk/alternateuni.htm .

July 29-Aug 1, 2004
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Guests William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Tim Russ, Ethan Phillips, Nana Visitor, Robert Picardo, Walter Koenig, David Gerrold
For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com/ .

Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in dates/guests attending. Visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions.


Here's a recent note from JMS on the subject:

Just an FYI to those who've been using the Ventura Blvd. mail drop for fan mail to actors....

As mentioned before, we're phasing out the forwarding of fan mail because we a) don't have the resources, complicated by b) the actors have scattered to the four winds, and it makes it very difficult to get everything to everybody in a timely fashion.

So, having provided prior notice...fan mail to actors coming to the Ventura Blvd. mail drop will be sent back. Mail to actors should be sent via their official fan clubs. I will still be taking mail there, since it's my mailbox, but that's it.

Just so's y'all know and save a few bucks on postage and returns.


Warner Bros. Address:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Warner Home Video:

Mr. Douglas Wadleigh
VP for Marketing and Special Features
Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Bonnie Hammer, President
Sci-Fi Channel
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY. 10020-1513

Mr. Thomas Vitale
Senior VP of Acquisitions, Scheduling & Program-Planning


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