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I know -- it's not quite Babylon 5, but I went to see the new James Bond movie this weekend. IT'S GREAT! If you like special effects, this one is for you. There are gadgets galore. Now I know what to ask Santa for. That little speed boat would really turn some heads on the Potomac!
CRUSADE ON VIDEO
Ranger Chris in Germany just sent in a note saying that Crusade will be released on video February 18 -- two episodes per tape in a German-dubbed format.
A SURVEY IS COMING!
I'm going to be doing a survey VERY SOON on potential Babylon 5/Crusade products -- items that the Fan Club would love to manufacture for you. This includes jackets, bags, jewelry, bumper stickers! So put on your thinking caps and be ready to respond when you receive an e-mail with the questions in it! If you've not signed up for the mailing list, no problem. I'll have a way for your to participate from here! So STAY TUNED!
JMS AND CHRIS CARTER WORKING TOGETHER?
Just pulled this off the "Cleveland Live" web site!
"X-Files" creator Chris Carter and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski are teaming up for a CBS drama. When asked about this, JMS chose not to comment at this time.
The transcript of Tim Choate's chat on November 11 is now up at the TNT web site Babylon 5. If you missed the chat -- or even if you did have a chance to participate, you'll want to read the conversation. Went pretty well! Thanks Tim!
BABYLON 5 AND CHARITIES
I finally put something up on the Babylon 5 Charity page! Thanks Stephen for sending in information on the Asthma & Allergy Foundation that you support. There's information about Penny Lane to come, and other charities as well.
NEXT BABYLON 5 NOVEL
Peter David's "Legions of Fire" -- book one of a trilogy on Centauri Prime, is scheduled for release in December. 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 spoiling the pleasure you'll have when you read the novel.
GARY COLE ON TWILIGHT ZONE
Gary appears in "The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics" on the Sci-Fi Channel November 26 at 1pm EST. Gary's segment is entitled "The Theatre".
SCI FI CHANNEL - SEEING EAR THEATRE
It had been a while since I'd visited the Seeing Ear Theatre so I thought I'd go to see what was new and different there. Wow, it's great. They have added all sorts of new works, making it an even more fabulous place to visit. Whether listening to one of the classics, an original drama like Neil Gaiman's "Murder Mysteries" or a couple of works featuring B5 personalities like "George and the Red Giant" or "Think Like a Dinosaur", you're in for a treat. The Seeing Ear Theatre brings you some of the best science fiction available!
NEW CONVENTION REPORTS
There are more convention chronicles in the Reports section. I just loaded up my report on Far Point, with a few photos of the guests there. Reports on Praxis, Tropicon, Slanted Fedora - Raleigh, Vulkon Orlando and United Fan Con are there. Catch the new photos in the convention photo gallery.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to send in reports! I love reading them -- and I'm sure others do as well.
BABYLON 5 ON DVD
Some folks have gotten together a petition to let Warner Home Video know that B5 fans want Babylon 5 on DVD. If you would like to add your voice to this effort, visit this web site b5petition.ii.net and sign the petition.
Want to know what JMS has been doing recently? Check out the JMS Speaks page! I just updated this section and I think there are some really interesting comments there you'll want to review, especially the one from October 20! That one should get your curiosity going! Click here for JMS Postings Last updated: November 8, 1999. JMS recently made a statement regarding the future of the Babylon 5 Fan Club. Read Fan Club Transition .
Pop over to the Galactic Gateway for some beautiful wedding pictures of Pat Tallman and Jeffrey Willerth. Gorgeous bride -- terribly handsome groom!
Walter Koenig will portray Ebenezer Scrooge in the SANTA SUSANA REPERTORY COMPANY's 10th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION of CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. It begins December 3 and runs through 19, 1999 at the Scherr Forum Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.Thousand Oaks, California. Rediscover the true meaning of the holidays with Dickens' timeless masterpiece. A Ventura County tradition, SSRC presents their 10th anniversary production with music, dancing, lavish costumes and special guest stars. Tickets: $22 to $25 and are available at the box office or Ticketmaster: Call (805) 583-8700 and (213) 480-3232. For group sales discounts call: Debbie Pizzano (805) 522-8010.
At the Best of Both Worlds convention in Australia, Bruce Boxleitner talked about a new series he hopes to be doing for Majel Roddenberry. The series is being shopped around now and Bruce hopes it will begin production in the spring. Meanwhile, he 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 Amazon.com. For a review of the book, visit the BB Grapevine. There will be some upcoming book signings, so we'll try to alert you as to when those will occur.
Mira Furlan was appearing in "Cranes" in New York during October-November. Use this link to read the New York Times Cranes Review .
Pat Tallman had a cameo on Dark Skies two weeks ago.
I could not spot her stunting in the first Austin Powers movie, but I eventually recognized Fabiana Udenio (with a lot of hair) as Allota Fagina.
Hi, Sandy! The Vibbers have been busy with B5 actor sightings this week! I got the following message from my husband Jim:
Speaking of B5 actors showing up in odd places, here's the guy who played the sleazy lawyer in "River of Souls," in a commercial for AMD's new microprocessor.
A little searching on the Lurker's Guide provided the names -- Stuart Pankin played sleazy lawyer James Riley in "River of Souls". This website will let you view the commercial, and also provides a list of television airdates! He's playing a computer user, not a lawyer, but he looks nearly as sleazy by the end of the ad!
Great responses received already! Thanks to everyone for submitting responses. They are wonderful!
Don't forget to 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!
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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.
A limited number (100) of an autographed version of the Writer's Bible was available -- but alas, they are now sold out!
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.
A limited number (100) of an autographed version of the treatment was available -- but yes, you guessed it, they are now sold out, too!
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
Follow 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 - "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.
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 #17 . 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 http://www.nextmill.demon.co.uk/. Thanks Dave for the info: email@example.com
Coming Up Next:
November 26-29, 1999, Burbank, CA
Place: Hilton Burbank Airport
Guest: J. Michael Straczynski (Sunday), Fiona Avery, David Allen Brooks
For more information, write to Loscon XXVI, c/o The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, 11513 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, or call (818) 760-9234 or email Loscon26@lasfs.org. Visit their website at http://www.lasfs.org/loscon26/
We have some interesting items in The Trading Post now from Jason Carter and Michael O'Hare. So check it out!
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.
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!
For readers in Canada, visit the Babylon 5 Information Page http://www.interlog.com/~schrist/b5/ 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.
7 am ET/PT "Intersections in Real Time"
8 am ET/PT "Between the Darkness and the Light"
7 am ET/PT "Endgame"
8 am ET/PT "Rising Star"
7 am ET/PT "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars"
8 am ET/PT "No Compromises"
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