THE ZOCALO TODAY

December 3, 1999






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BRIMSTONE PREMIERE TONIGHT

The series BRIMSTONE premieres on the Sci-Fi Channel tonight! Peter Woodward is in the pilot episode, so don't miss it. He's wonderful as Father Edward Salinas!

RISING STARS #3 IS OUT

Issue #3 of the "Rising Stars" series from Top Cow by J. Michael Straczynski, hit the stands yesterday. Follow the story of Lee Jackson, the pyrokinetic.

HOUR 25 POSTERS AT EBAY

Christy Marx she is auctioning signed Hour 25 posters over on ebay. The signatures are Harlan Ellison, JMS, Larry DiTillio and Peter Ledger. The URL is http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=208674561 . For those of you unfamiliar with Hour 25, it was a radio program JMS and others did a few years back -- mainly a talk-show, but with a science fiction content. A good friend sent me a couple of tapes from the show where JMS and Kathryn (Drennan) interviewed people with Larry DiTillio in the wings! It was great! (THANKS STEPHEN!)

PS Christy Marx started the first Babylon 5 newsletter!

TRADING POST ITEMS

There are some rather nice pices of merchandise in our Trading Post. Ranger Larry notified us that he's got a rare piece up for sale on ebay -- an Issue #1 of the Official Babylon 5 Magazine, and he's loaded it with signatures! Check it out!

HAVE YOU ANSWERED THE B5 MERCHANDISE SURVEY?

Want to have some input into what products the B5 Fan Club produces next? Let your voice be heard! Use this link Survey to view the survey. Copy the page into your e-mail, make your selections and send it along to me at bruckner@isnnews.net. Responses MUST be received by December 13, so be sure to vote today!

Responses are coming in wonderfully. Your suggestions of additional items are great. A SPECIAL THANKS to those people who forwarded the survey or note onto their own mailing lists or to groups of friends.

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!

Issue #19 of the Official B5 Magazine will carry an excerpt from Peter's book!

CARRIE DOBRO'S ON-LINE CHAT

Carrie Dobro was on "Radio Times" chat Monday, November 29. For those who missed it, the transcript can be found at Carrie Dobro Transcript.

BACK ISSUES OF THE ZOCALO TODAY

As the front page of The Zocalo Today changes, be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I don't want the front page getting too long so I shift information periodically into the archives. So if you aren't a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today, be sure to check out the back issues. Just use the button above!

NEW CCG CARDS OUT - SEVERED DREAMS

Ranger Charles reports that the new Precedence CCG set "Severed Dreams" is out. It reflects the 'alternate' 'Captain' Sinclair universe -- what the story might have been had he continued on as Commander of Babylon 5. 'He has high Diplomacy(7), and Intrigue and Leadership on par with Sheridan(2 for Intrigue, 4 for Leadership.) The picture used is of Sinclair in his dress uniform, and the lighting used actually makes him look a bit older. The bottom caption reads: " Jeffrey Sinclair believed strongly in the mission of Babylon 5. What might have happened if he had continued as commander of the station?"' Thanks Charles for the report!

NEW LINKS

I am continuing to add links to new web sites of interest. A couple of recent additions:

Jason Carter Fan Club
Official Walter Koenig Website

Tim Choate has a new web site up and running. The new URL is http://www.angelfire.com/scifi/zathrasonb5/index.html so drop over and have a look at what Tim has put together for you.

JMS AND CHRIS CARTER WORKING TOGETHER?

Just updated the JMS Speaks section. Joe gives us more information on the project he was working on with Chris Carter. Read it for your self in the JMS Speaks section.


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.

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

THANK YOU to everyone who has sent along a convention report. They are wonderful.

Convention Chronicles for LosCon, 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.

KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW

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.

Mira Furlan appeared in "Cranes" in New York during October-November. Click here for the New York Times Review .

SIGHTINGS

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 10:12:39
From: SAYatesinSC@cs.com

Sandy:
By any chance did you catch William Forward (Lord Refa) on The X-Files last night playing a funeral-home director?

Best,
Steve

B5 PSI CORPS TRILOGY AVAILABLE

Ranger Larry sends word that The Science Fiction Book Club is offering a limited, hardcover, book club edition of the Psi Corps Trilogy at their online site. The SFBC edition has all three titles: "Dark Genesis," "Deadly Relations," and "Final Reckoning" available as a single volume. Some of their titles can be purchased without becoming members (as I did), and I think this is one od them but they've got some interesting titles (although this is the only B5 title I could find) so it wouldn't be a real burden to join. The site is at www.sfbc.com and search under authors "K" although it was being featured on the home page yesterday.

THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION TOPIC

This week's discussion topic: What is your favorite Season One Episode -- and Why?

With the holidays coming up, I thought I'd give you some EASY topics to talk about. Everyone has a favorite episode, so let's just see which one gets the most votes!

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!

Discussion Topic

Send in your submissions to The Zocalo. Please put Discussion Topic in the subject line.

BABYLON 5 ON DVD PETITION

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.


FAN CLUB MERCHANDISE

The B5 Bibles are here! Order your copies at http://www.thestation.com .

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.

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

Set #1
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.

Set #2
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.

Set #3
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.

Set #4
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! "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 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 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.

BABYLON 5/CRUSADE IN PRINT

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. If you're having a trouble finding a copy, drop me a note. I can pick up an issue for you.

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!




BABYLON 5 CARTOONS

Another toon from Todd Brugmans for our enjoyment.












CONVENTIONS

Convention Attendance

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 . 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 sgbruckner@aol.com or thezocalo@aol.com.

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:

Sci-Fi Sea Cruise
December 14-18, 1999, Miami, FL
Cruise from Miami to Calica/Cancun, Mexico, Grand Caymans
Guest: Carrie Dobro

For more information, visit Sci-Fi Cruise



ShevaCon
Feb. 4-6, 2000; Virginia Beach, VA
Guest: Peter Woodward

For more information, visit their website at SheVaCon .


Gallifrey One
Feb. 18-20, 2000; The Airtel Plaza Hotel; Van Nuys, CA
Guest: J. Michael Straczynski, Peter Woodward, Carrie Dobro, David Allen Brooks, Fiona Avery, Maggie Egan

For more information, send a note to Gallifrey Conventions, PO Box 3021, North Hollywood, CA 91609 or call 818-752-3756. Visit their web site at: http://www.gallifreyone.com.



VisionCon
February 18-20, 2000; Springfield, MO
Guests: Michael O'Hare

For more information, call 417-886-7219 or write to Visioncon 2000, PO Box 1415, Springfield, MO 65801-1415. Visit their website at http://www.visioncon.net .

Zocalo Trading Post

With Precedence issuing new card sets all the time, I'm surprised more of you are not using the Trading Post to complete your sets!

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.

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! I've added a few new ones, so be sure to use the button at the top of the page or Links Page.

BABYLON 5/CRUSADE AROUND THE WORLD

Ranger Atte sends word that Warner TV began airing Crusade on November 7 to all of Latin America.

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.

BABYLON 5 SCHEDULE -- TNT ON SATURDAY MORNING


December 4
7 am ET/PT "Endgame"
8 am ET/PT "Rising Star"


December 11
7 am ET/PT "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars"
8 am ET/PT "No Compromises"


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What is The Zocalo Today?

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LOOKING AHEAD!

Interviews will be coming!

If you would like to write something -- like a book review -- for placement in The Zocalo, drop me a line and let's talk. I'm at bruckner@isnnews.net or The Zocalo.

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