November 5, 1999

What's New

IT'S A BOY -- Just got word that Rick and Lori Biggs have a new son -- Richard John!


Jason Carter is joining Bill Blair at this weekend's Praxis Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. Check out the convention web site for more details Praxis '99 or call 412-650--8163 or 1-877-4-PRAXIS. For e-mail help, write to


Stephen Austin, the Pak'Ma'Ra Ambassador from Babylon 5, has been added to the roster of guests at this weekend's United Fan Con in Springfield MA. For more information, call 781-986-TREK or visit the web site at


A new Crusade CD is available with the music of Evan Chen. Produced by Sonic Images, it runs 68+ minutes and incoporates music from several episodes. Click here to go to the web site at Sonic Images. Along with the music is an interview with Evan that is of interest. He tells how he developed the original sound track of "A Call to Arms", etc.


There's a new poll up and running at B5/Crusade Character Vote. Why not drop over and cast a vote for YOUR favorite character.


My trip to Australia was AWESOME! Bruce Boxleitner set a new standard in my book as a convention guest. He and Marjean Holden were marvelous! I've got a couple of pictures up in the photo gallery now, but will be adding more.

JMS Speaks

I have gathered some of the more interesting and important postings from JMS on various on-line services. Click here for JMS Postings Last updated: October 28, 1999. JMS recently made a statement regarding the future of the Babylon 5 Fan Club. Read Fan Club Transition .


Julie Caitlin Brown and Claudia Christian will be signing at Forbidden Planet on Friday, November 5 from 12 to 1 pm.

Richard Biggs has just completed an episode of VIP, the series starring Pamela Anderson. Richard has also finished an episode of Beverly Hills 90210.

Bruce Boxleitner has just signed to do an independent film which begins shooting in November in Los Angeles. He will portray a doctor. Bruce's new book Frontier Earth is coming out in November. For more information about the book, visit For a review of the book, visit the BB Grapevine.

Jerry Doyle has just signed to appear in an independent film. Not much information available on it as yet.

Peter Woodward is currently in South Carolina filming "The Patriot" -- a new Mel Gibson movie! Peter's character is General O'Hara! Peter is also at work on Men at Arms a half hour entertainment series documenting use of weaponry through demonstration, reenactment and film clips. Peter is Creator/Writer and it is being produced by Greystone Entertainment.

Jason Carter's episode of "G vs E" will air on October 31. The episode title is "Cliffhanger". He also has a unique item in our Trading Post section. Take a peek Trading Post item.


Date: November 3, 1999
From: Debra or Tim Anderson

On October 7th I spotted John Vickery in an episode of Stark Raving Mad on NBC. He played a college professor that met a student in a bar, where she worked. It was a small part, but very funny.

Date: October 29, 1999
From: sgbruckner

Did anyone catch Daniel Dae Kim in "Walker, Texas Ranger" on Saturday night? He was great. It wasn't a huge part, but his character played a major role in the story. Too bad the only ones kicking butt were Chuck Norris and his officers.

Date: October 25, 1999
From: Kathleen Ryan

I was channel surfing Saturday afternoon and heard a familiar voice. It was Jerry Doyle. He was the narrator for a Discovery channel show on sun storms. It was pretty good and Mr. G. looked great.

Nova Uses B5 Footage

On Tuesday night, PBS' Nova used a variety of scenes from Babylon 5 when talking about possible new propulsion methods for space travel. I know there had been talk about actually building a StarFury at one time, but haven't heard anything more about that for quite a while!


This week's discussion topic: What made Babylon 5 different for you as a TV series?

Have gotten some great responses so far this week. Visit the Discussion Topic page to see what other topics have been discussed. Discussion Topic

Share your views with us! Send in your submissions to The Zocalo. Please put Discussion Topic in the subject line.



The 2nd Annual Galaxy Ball, hosted by Robert Beltran from ST Voyager, was held on October 30 in Los Angeles. If anyonehas any information about the event, please pass it on! There are some great pictures of the ball out at Robbie Duncan McNeil's web site. Take a peek at Galaxy Ball. In the last picture, there's a strange man amongst all those Star Trek folk. Could it be Jason?


Mira Furlan is performing in the New Group world premiere of CRANES, a play by Dmitry Lipkin at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street in New York City). Previews began October 8 and the play officially opened October 20th. The show closes on November 14. For tickets call (212) 279-4200. Visit for information about ticket prices and show times.


Autographed Babylon 5 Magazines

The Club also has autographed versions of the Official Babylon 5 Magazine available. Get Volume 1, Issue 8 signed by Bill Mumy; Volume 2, Issue 4 signed by Christopher Franke and Volume 2, Issue 5 signed by Peter Woodward. Hop over to the Emporium using this link Autographed Magazines .

Babylon 5 Scripts - "Soul Hunter"

"Soul Hunter" is now available through the Fan Club. Use this link to place your order Soul Hunter Script.

The Crusade Writer's Bible is still available at thestation. This is a 25+ page publication that gives background on the series, the main and supporting characters and even a little on the Apocolypse Box! This is just like the document given to potential writers of episodes for the series. Use this link to purchase a Crusade Writer's Bible from The Fan Club.

Membership Credits:
The Club has a chart up at 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, by phone at 1-888-777-8517 or 1-818-623-1198 or fax to 1-818-771-1677. Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 10-6pm PST.

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.


Amazing Stories #599 This is the issue featuring Lyta and G'Kar. It goes on sale October 25, so keep an eye out for it! If you would like to read about other features in the issue, drop over to Amazing Stories.

OFFICIAL BABYLON 5 MAGAZINE - Issue #17 just arrived. It has the first part of an interview with Bruce Boxleitner, the first part of an article outlining the JPL Connection to B5 and Crusade, a set report on "Each Night I Dream of Home", and a LOT more. Love this magazine!

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Models International have an interview with Optic Nerve's Jerry Gergely, who worked on seasons four and five of B5, and it's illustrated with a lot of photographs. The mag's web site is Thanks Dave for the info:


FINAL RECKONING was released in early October! It includes a bonus excerpt from the next "Babylon 5" novel, LEGIONS OF FIRE: THE LONG NIGHT OF CENTAURI PRIME, by Peter David. This novel launches the three-book Centauri Republic series, and THE LONG NIGHT OF CENTAURI PRIME is scheduled to go on sale the first Tuesday of December.

LEGIONS OF FIRE will be followed by two more LEGIONS OF FIRE novels which will weave through Babylon 5 and Crusade territories. In the second half of next year or the beginning of 2001, Jeanne Cavelos (of THE SHADOW WITHIN fame) will begin her Techno-mage trilogy.


Another toon from Todd Brugmans for our enjoyment.

Convention Calendar

Want to know what conventions are ahead for the Babylon 5 and/or Crusade cast and crew? Use this link Convention Calendar.

Coming Up Next:

Praxis '99
November 5-7, 1999, Pittsburgh, PA
Guests: Jason Carter, Bill Blair (ultimate B5 alien)

For more information, visit their web site at Praxis '99 or call 412-650--8163 or 1-877-4-PRAXIS. For e-mail help, write to

November 12-14, 1999; Orlando, FL
Guest: Andreas Katsulas, Bob Krimmer, Peter Woodward, Carrie Dobro, David Allen Brooks

For more information, send a note to or visit their web site at:


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'll start up an attendance page so that perhaps we can get together while enjoying the activities of the convention. Convention Attendance .

Our 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 or

Zocalo Trading Post

We know a number of you collect the B5 trading cards from Fleer/Skybox and collectible cards from Precedence. If you want to trade with others here at The Zocalo, this area is reserved for postings of that sort. Use this link to see what others have to trade. Trading Post. To list items to trade, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post in the subject line.

Pen Pals

People thought a Pen Pal page was a good idea. If you would like to meet people who you could chat with or share your opinions of the show with, send along your e-mail or snail-mail address The Zocalo. It will be incorporated on the new Pen Page Page.

TRADING PARTNERS: Here's a suggestion for those of you in the US or abroad that find it's really hard to get your hands on Babylon 5 merchandise -- whether it's magazines or whatever. Why not find yourself a trading partner! For example, I have a great friend in the UK -- Mark -- who helps me with all the magazines published in the UK that feature B5 or Crusade! He sends me the magazines and in exchange, I send him things he can't get in England -- like the trading cards or the novels or the "Rising Stars" comic books! There are a lot of things that you can exchange -- and it's FUN too!

The Zocalo - Today, Issue #2

Since I know some of you would prefer a hard-copy of the newsletter, here's what could be produced. Use this link to view the PDF file. The Zocalo, Issue #2. You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat to open the file. If you don't have that, please go to Adobe and download a copy of the software.

Babylon 5/Crusade Links

We haven't forgotten all the wonderful pages created in support of Babylon 5 or Crusade. They now have their own page! Use the link at the top of the page or Links Page.


For readers in Canada, visit the Babylon 5 Information Page for the latest on Crusade and Babylon 5

The lucky folks in Bellingham, WA will begin viewing Crusade on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 9pm. It's available via Roger's Basic Cable out of Vancouver, Canada.

Channel Nine in Australia will begin showing "Crusade" on September 30.

Norway's TV2 has purchased the rights to Crusade. No air date has been announced.

Ranger Deiter reports that "Crusade" began airing in South Africa last week. That's wonderful. They have never seen Babylon 5, however, so it might be interesting to learn what they think of the series.


November 6
7 am ET/PT "Conflicts of Interest"
8 am ET/PT "Rumors, Bargains and Lies"

November 13
7 am ET/PT "Moments of Transition"
8 am ET/PT "No Surrender, No Retreat"

November 20
7 am ET/PT "The Exercise of Vital Powers"
8 am ET/PT "The Face of the Enemy"


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