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A long Main Story, 5 essays covering each season, a full 5-season annotated episode guide, sidebar spotlights on J. Michael Straczynski, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Bill Mumy, Andrea Thompson, Patricia Tallman and sidebars devoted to Casting B5, Costuming, Music, Production Design, makeup, Foundation Imaging SFX, and "Final Days."
Here's the interviewee breakdown:
J. Michael Straczynski, Joe Copeland, Douglas Netter, Larry DiTillio, David Gerrold, Neil Gaiman, Christy Marx, Bruce Seth Green, Richard Compton, Adam Nimoy, Jim Johnston, David Eagle, Janet Greek, John Iacovelli, John Vulich, Ann Bruice-Aling, Ron Thornton, John Teska, Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz, John Flinn, Christopher Franke (21)
Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Michael O'Hare, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Bill Mumy, Mira Furlan, Andrea Thompson, Patricia Tallman, Walter Koenig, Julie Caitlin Brown, Jeffrey Willerth, Brian Carpenter, Melissa Gilbert (14)
A number of people have asked where to pick up the issue once it's out. Most of the bookstores carry the magazine. The current issue has Voyager on the cover. If you see that in the store near you, you should be able to find the B5 issue once it comes out.
If you could choose the 20 top episodes, what would they be? Send your responses to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for voting will be March 20.
Responses have been wonderful so far. Here are some of the results!
And A Sky Full of Stars - 10
Babylon Squared - 15
Chrysalis - 16
Comes the Inquisitor - 12
Dust to Dust - 16
Endgame - 14
The Fall of Centauri Prime - 13
In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum - 12
Interludes & Examinations - 13
Into the Fire - 11
Messages from Earth - 13
Point of No Return - 13
Severed Dreams - 28
Shadow Dancing - 17
Sleeping in Light - 26
The Coming of Shadows - 15
The Long Twilight Struggle- 11
War Without End - Part 1 and 2 - 54
Z'ha'dum - 24
A new science fiction series is in the works -- "First Frontier". LightWorX Productions is trying to gather general information about potential fans such as demographics, merchandising, preferences in science fiction shows, etc. Basically, they want to find out what the fans want so that they can create the best show possible. The survey will only be available for a few more weeks, closing around mid March to review the results.
The site URL is http://www.fortunecity.com/tattooine/wilhelm/173/index.html.
The survey URL is http://www6.bravenet.com/vote/vote.asp?userid=uk28467.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA -- I didn't get to see the Magellan clip Richard Hatch was to bring to the convention, but I did see his Battlestar trailer. It was SUPERB! You can see the care, love and desire to get this project off the ground ooze from this production. Richard Hatch has done something quite wonderful in bringing this to life. Visit Battlestar Galactica for more information.
Some of us have put together a B5 Poll Site, http://57132117.home.icq.com/B5pollpage4.htm, and a Crusade Poll Site, http://57132117.home.icq.com/Crpollpage.html .
There are now two for Crusade and two for Babylon 5 from us plus links to four outside polls. This is open to the whole B5 community.
The Deja polls rate Crusade and B5. Thanks to our community, they are now 1 and 2 in the Sci-Fi ratings.
You can suggest topics and question and vote for future ones. We are also looking for links.
Give us your opinion, thanks
Another chat is starting up at Groucho's Yahoo Club site. The chat is scheduled for the first Sunday of each month beginning at 5:30pm ET on Sunday. Groucho's is a good place to drop over and chat anytime. I've found a pretty good group of people there at lunchtime (12pm EST).
If you have magazines that have featured Babylon 5 or Crusade that are not listed, send along their issue number and a note to indicate what the article was about. It would be nice to have a fairly comprehensive listing of Babylon 5 publications here.
Claudia Christian was on Monday's episode of Family Law. She played a transvestite fighting for custody of his/her daughter. --Armen
While watching one of my old "Blake's 7" tapes last night, I spotted Christopher Neame (Knight 2 in "And the Sky Full of Stars") playing a Federation military nasty in the fourth season episode "Traitor". He was younger, thinner, and didn't have anywhere near as much hair as he had in the B5 episode.
This section has a lot of information, directly from JMS. Read about working with WB in the early days of the show; his upcoming "Amazing Stories" short story and production of "Rising Stars". What does he think of Jerry's upcoming campaign? Check out the latest in the JMS Speaks section.
Tim Choate's play "Medea" by Euripides, opened this past weekend. Tim plays Jason (of the Argonauts and Golden Fleece fame). Performances are every Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 6pm through March 12th at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Old Town Pasadena. The address is 35 South Raymond Street inside the historic Brayley Building. Parking is conveniently located next door. Tickets are $18 (students and seniors are $12). Reservations and other information can be had by calling (626) 440-0821.
** If anyone needs a copy of Issue #19, let me know. I have a couple extra copies.
TV Zone Special #36 - Bruce Boxleitner talks about his new book, "Frontier Earth", his work on the B5 CD-ROM "Into the Fire", shooting the final episode of Babylon 5, "Sleeping in Light" and a lot of other topics.
Dreamwatch - Issue #65 takes a look at the Babylon 5 movies, "In the Beginning", "Thirdspace", "River of Souls" and "A Call to Arms". I'll agree with the assessment of Wayne Barlowe's graphic effects in "Thirdspace". Awesome! There is also a review "Crusade" along with some nice photos.
Bill Mumy - February 1
John Schuck - February 4
Michael Beck - February 4
Ardwight Chamberlain - February 16 (the voice of Kosh)
Karen Harrell - February 21
Majel Barrett Roddenberry - February 23
John Iacovelli - February 25
Matt Plummer - February 26
Babylon 5 History
2260 - The Babylon 5 War Council decides to contact the First Ones
2260 - Michael Garibaldi received the Book of G'Quan from G'Kar
2259 - The first Rangers arrive on Babylon 5
2221 - Birth of Michael Alfredo Garibaldi
February 22, 1993 - The Gathering Premieres in the US
** These dates are taken from the SlowDazzle calendar. I hope they are close!
For February, the B5 Fan Club has two scripts available.
"A Voice in the Wilderness", part 1 can be ordered using this link.
The autographed version of "A Voice in the Wilderness" is available via this link.
To order "A Voice in the Wilderness" - Part 2 use this link.
To order the autographed version of Part 2, use this link.
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.
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.
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!
Walter Koenig and Brad Dourif have been added to the growing list of Babylon 5/Crusade cast attending DragonCon in June
Peter Woodward will attend the Slanted Fedora convention in Kansas City March 11 and 12. Unfortunately, he's not
listed on their website -- but his appearance is confirmed on his website at http://www.peterwoodward.com.
Peter Woodward will attend the Slanted Fedora convention in Kansas City March 11 and 12. Unfortunately, he's not listed on their website -- but his appearance is confirmed on his website at http://www.peterwoodward.com.
Tim Choate will be conducting two signings in Germany next month. One signing is in Stuttgart at Cinefest (March 20). The other signing is in Bochum at The Movie Shop (March 19). I'll post more information when it's available.
For further information, check out the convention calendar.
I've added a couple of photos from Visioncon to the photo album. Along with the photos are a couple of works by Jamie Murray, a fantastic artist who also attended the convention. Jamie is not only a super individual -- he's a great talent as well. Love his pictures of Michael, Claudia, Mira and the others. Have a peek.\ Here is a site that display's more of Jamie's fantastic artwork http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/suehaley/myhr.htm . I think he is AWESOME!
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.
If you have experiences you'd like to share -- or photos -- send them along. We'd love to see/read them.
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 .
Best of Both Worlds 8
March 11-12, 2000, Sydney, Australia
Place: Southern Cross Hotel
Guest: Richard Biggs, Robin Atkin Downes, Stephen Austin
For more information, visit their website at http://www.bobw.com.au/ Or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've received some new photos from John Upton, Paul and Marti Baltrunas and Nancy & Grieg Pederson of conventions to share. They are now in the Photo Gallery Thanks for sending them along. They are wonderful!
If you have photos to add to the convention gallery, let me know. If you'd like to start a reader's gallery, that's possible as well. Just send along your photo and I'll begin a rogue's gallery for everyone to enjoy!
If you have photos you would like to include here, send them on to me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know what conventions are ahead for the Babylon 5 and/or Crusade cast and crew? Use this link
7 am ET/PT "The Ragged Edge"
7 am ET/PT "The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father"
7 am ET/PT "Meditations on the Abyss"
Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (email@example.com)
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