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I hope you all had a chance to see JMS on CBS' Sunday Morning program yesterday. It was great. Not only did it
show JMS' new office, but he went through some of the ideas behind "Rising Stars" and there were a few very good
clips from Babylon 5.
If you haven't done something nice for someone lately, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our charity page and see if you can help any of the organizations listed. It will make YOU feel good, and help some individuals less fortunate.
If you've finished "Legions of Fire" and want to share your views, send them along. It doesn't necessarily have to be a review, but let us know what you think of Peter David's latest Babylon 5 novel.
Last updated: December 31, 1999
Just put some new material in this section you might want to check out! Want to know what's on JMS' mind these days? Read excerpts from internet statements JMS has made on subjects like: Jerry Doyle running for Congress; B5 being included in a list of shows using vulgarity, etc. This and more is in the JMS Speaks section.
RISING STARS OUT Issue #3 of the "Rising Stars" series from Top Cow by J. Michael Straczynski, hit the stands last week. It follows the story of Lee Jackson, the pyrokinetic.
LEGIONS OF FIRE IS OUT
Peter David's "Legions of Fire" -- book one of a trilogy on Centauri Prime, is out. DelRey has a brief synopsis of the book out at their website http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.cgi?isbn=0345427181. Drop over and have a peek -- unless you are afraid of being spoiled!
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UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS
Bruce Boxleitner will be doing a number of book signings in England and Ireland, January 24-February 4. For those of you who have not read Bruce's book Frontier Earth be sure to check it out. It's an interesting story!
The schedule for Bruce's signings can be found at On the Road with Bruce Boxleitner. Let's hope the publisher remembers we read here in North America as well and sets something up for us here as well.
NEW CONVENTION REPORTS
The Convention Reports page includes: Sci-Fi Cruise, Best of Both Worlds (Sydney), Praxis, Tropicon, Slanted Fedora (Raleigh), Vulkon (Orlando) and United Fan Con are now loaded in the Reports section. My report on Far Point, with a few photos is also there. Catch the new photos in the convention photo gallery.
If you have experiences you'd like to share -- or photos -- send them along. We'd love to see/read them.
Carrie Dobro is doing a play entitled "The Powder Room" and stars Sally Kirckland. It's an ensemble piece about a group of women who come to take a woman's writing course (taught by Sally) only to have a man enroll in the class to much dismay. It's playing at The Court Theatre, 722 N. La Cienga Blvd. LA CA 90048. It opens January 13 and runs thru February 20th. Shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinee (either at 2:00 or 3:00PM) and Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. Carrie's character is one of the women in the class named Ether Girl -- she's an anetheseologist.
In a chat recently, Tim Choate mentioned that he was going off to a meeting about a part in a play, "Medea". Well, good news, Tim got the part of Jason. The production will be at at the Knightsbridge Theatre (35 S. Raymond St.) in Pasadena. More information will be available on this soon, so stay tuned.
The PAX TV network will begin showing "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" in January. A LOT of Bruce Boxleitner fans have been anxious to see this series again, so check your local cable listings and see when it will be shown in your area.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
This is for the Sci-Fi Channel in England in February...
NEW SERIES ON SCI∑FI
The acclaimed supernatural thriller series starts on Sci∑Fi this month in the new ĎAltered Statesí programming block on Tuesdays nights. The series is about the residents of the small town of Trinity, South Carolina which has a population of 10,000. By outward appearances Trinity appears to be the picture perfect example of small town rural America. However in reality, Trinity is a community which is crippled by an evil force and the evil force is the local sheriff Lucas Buck. He has a hold over the town which he uses without conscience or regard for the law with the help of supernatural powers. He has a vision on how the town should be run, people who agree with the vision lead relatively normal lives, those who donít are in for a hard time. (1995)
Starring: Gary Cole (Crusade), Paige Turco (NYPD Blue), Jake Weber. Premieres: Tues 22nd at 9:00pm repeated Sundays at 11:00pm
I'm glad a few folks have sent in some responses. I thought you were all out doing your Christmas shopping and had forgotten about the topic for this week! Thanks to those who have responded! Visit the Discussion Topic page to see what other topics have been discussed. And pass along suggestions for future topics you'd like to chat about!
Send in your submissions to The Zocalo. Please put Discussion Topic in the subject line.
Babylon 5 Bible
The original Season One Babylon 5 Writer's Bible. This massive tome weighs in at over 60 pages with comprehensive backgrounds on all characters and story arc; as well as guidelines for writing SF for TV. This document is peppered with original (color and B&W) illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to place an order Babylon 5 Writer's Bible.
Babylon 5 Series Treatment
This beautifully bound original Babylon 5 Series Treatment written in September 1988, was used to sell the series. It contains different characters than were ever seen in the show. This treatment was ONLY given to Network/Studio heads. This document is peppered with original color illustrations by Peter Ledger. Use this link to order your copy from the Emporium Babylon 5 Series Treatment.
Autographed Babylon 5 Magazines
Volume 1, Issue 8 - signed by Bill Mumy; Volume 2, Issue 4 - signed by Christopher Franke
Volume 2, Issue 5 - signed by Peter Woodward. Follow this link Set #1.
Volume 1, Issue 4 - signed by Kathryn Drennan (author of B5 novel #9); Volume 1, Issue 6 - signed by Walter Koenig
Volume 2, Issue 3 - signed by Richard Biggs. Use this link Set #2.
Volume 1, Issue 3 - signed by John Copeland (Producer of B5); Volume 1, Issue 9 - signed by Jerry Doyle
Volume 2, Issue 1 (UK) - signed by Tracy Scoggins. Follow this link Set #3.
Volume 1, Issue 5 - signed by Peter Jurasik; Volume 2, Issue 2 - signed by Bruce Boxleitner
Volume 2, Issue 6 - signed by J. Michael Straczynski. Follow this link Set #4.
Sets are available for $50 each, so order them now! They will make fantastic Christmas gifts for that special B5 fan - maybe even you!
Babylon 5 Scripts
There will be NO SCRIPT IN DECEMBER. With all the activity at the Club for orders of other merchandise, Val and Tony want to make sure they can give you the best service available, so the next script will be out in January! The Crusade Writer's Bible, "Midnight on the Firing Line" and "Soul Hunter" scripts are still available through the Fan Club. Use this link to place your order Soul Hunter Script.
The Club has a chart up at thestation.com that shows what credit you will receive based on your membership expiration date.
Ordering Information: There are a number of ways to order merchandise from the Club:
Credit card purchases can be made on-line, by mail, or by fax. The Fax number is 1-818-771-1677.
FOR PHONE ORDERS: Here are the numbers to use: 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 . Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 10-6pm PST. If no one answers the phone, please leave your credit card information on the voicemail. Val and Tony do process orders based on the time-stamped voicemail messages. Be sure to leave your phone number as well, just in case they have any questions.
You can send a check or money order for merchandise -- made payable to Babylon 5 Fan Club -- to Official Babylon 5 Fan Club, P.O. Box 856, North Hollywood, CA 91603.
** For all orders done by mail, it's best to send in an order form with your check or money order. Use this link to get a copy of the Order Form. There is a new reference list as well, so that you can check to see what merchandise is still available. Ref List.
OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #18 . Check out the Carrie Dobro cover! The interview is fantastic as well. Part two of an interview with Bruce Boxleitner, the a special Babylon 5 Chronology are included in this issue. "Racing the Night" is the station log.
I'm moving some cartoons from Todd and Tye over to a new page so that you can enjoy them longer than just a week. Check out the new Toons Page!
There's an interesting competition going on right now over at ToonZone. It's asking people to submit a "punch line" for a B5 cartoon. Pop over and try your hand at filling in the bubble!
Got toons? Want to share them? Drop me a line at email@example.com and let's chat!
Stephen Austin has signed to do a number of new conventions. Check the calendar for specifics.
Pat Tallman and Jeffrey Willerth have dropped out of Best of Both Worlds 8 in Sydney. Information about the convention can be found in the calendar.
Are you attending one of the conventions on the calendar? Or another one perhaps? Do you want to see who else might be there? Drop your e-mail address to The Zocalo. We've begun an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .
CONVENTION PHOTO GALLERY
We've captured some of the ComLinkers on film -- yes, at conventions. Here are just a few pictures people have sent along for all of us to share Convention Pictures If you have photos you would like to include here, send them on to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Want to know what conventions are ahead for the Babylon 5 and/or Crusade cast and crew? Use this link
Coming Up Next:
Star Trek & Sci Fi Convention
January 8-9, 2000; Portland, OR
Place: Airport Holiday Inn
Guest: Stephen Austin (Pak'Ma'Ra Ambassador)
For more information, visit their website at Creation Entertainment or call CREATION at (818) 409-0960 ext. 225** , 9am - 3pm Pacific Time. Or, write to to: CREATION TICKETS, THE GALLERIA TOWER, 100 W BROADWAY #1200, GLENDALE, CA 91210.
If you have items you'd like to trade, post a note here. You never know who might respond. Use this link to see what is already out to trade. Trading Post. To have items included in The Trading Post, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post in the subject line.
HAVING TROUBLE LOCATING MAGAZINES?: If you are a fan of the British magazines but can't get them in your local bookstores, why not drop a line in the Trading Post or Letters section and see if someone would like to trade you British magazines or US magazines or novels?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Babylon 5 pre-empted for special holiday programming
7 am ET/PT "A View From the Gallery"
7 am ET/PT "Learning Curve"
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