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    I hope you folks donÆt mind helping me with a little market research of sorts, but IÆd be very grateful for your feedback. Right now, this is purely hypothetical, and I donÆt want to go any further until I can decide whether I should go ahead. So here goes.

    As some of you probably know, I covered Babylon 5 from pretty much the very beginning, right through the series and into Crusade and Legend of the Rangers. During that decade or so, I probably had more than 200 interviews and articles published on B5 and the various spin-offs, and I canÆt tell you how many people I actually spoke to during that time. While the series was actually in production, I had hoped to write a book, but it never happened, for a variety of different reasons, including the need to be a bit circumspect. The fact is, while quite a number of cast and crew members were very forthcoming with their insights and experiences, I didnÆt want to risk offending anyone while the show was in production.

    At any rate, I recently began to think about the idea of a book again, and whether or not people would still be interested in reading it. To that end, IÆve spent the last week or so sorting through all the interview material I had on hand and discovered that thereÆs quite a lot there; in fact, I topped the 800-page mark the other day, and I still havenÆt finished putting everything together yet. That obviously means splitting things up in some way, depending on how it all divides up in the end.

    So hereÆs why IÆm running this past all of you. Before I spend a ridiculous amount of hours compiling the ultimate B5 companion, are there still people out there who would want to read it? Since itÆs difficult to imagine that a publisher would still be interested, this is probably a project I have to create myself somehow, maybe distributing via the Internet and at conventions. It would also have to be all text; if there was any licensed material such as photos or art, IÆm sure the lovely folks at Warners would be only to happy to send their lawyers our for a visit.

    Again, this is all hypothetical right now, but ideally, IÆd love to try and finish the project by this time next year, long after the JMS script books have all been published and people are started to get money in their bank accounts again. But right now, IÆm just trying to ascertain if people are interested. As a fan myself, I know IÆd be interested in a book (or books) that examined the genesis of Babylon 5 from beginning to end, hopefully answering some of the questions that have really never been addressed over the years. ThereÆs also been quite a lot of revisionist history that has become fact and IÆve always wanted to set the record straight about some of it.

    As I say, this is purely in the æwhat-ifÆ stage, so IÆd welcome everybodyÆs input here if you can find the time.

    All the best,
    Joe

  • #2
    Personally, I've never been interested in "backstage stuff." Maybe because, at least to me, it takes away the feeling that the show is not real? I avoid off camera material from most of the shows and movies that I enjoy.

    But that's just me.
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    • #3
      Count me in! I'm always interested in making of-material, and reading about the production of my favorite TV-show, from beginning to end, sounds very interesting and insightful. Definitely a must-read for me...

      So... bring it on!

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      • #4
        i would be very interested in such a book.
        "The trouble with being a cynic is that you eventually get labelled as a highly reliable fortune-teller"

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        • #5
          I'd definitely be interested...as long as 'setting the record straight' doesn't overly sensationalize the negatives (not that I have any reason to think you would, Joe). Obviously creators get cranky and actors have egos so there's never going to be 100% harmony. I just can't help but remember how popular deconstructing the ST creators and actors became a while back which I found intensely distasteful.

          That said, I *do* enjoy behind the scenes looks at things and it's fun to go back and read people's impressions at one point and compare them to how things really ended up. So I say go for it.

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          • #6
            I would definately be interested, and think the comparison of what was planned or expected throughout the series to what really happened would be fascinating. We have JMS's look on this, but no one else's.

            Count me as a sale.
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            • #7
              Count me in I would be interested .

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Z'ha'dumDweller
                Personally, I've never been interested in "backstage stuff." Maybe because, at least to me, it takes away the feeling that the show is not real? I avoid off camera material from most of the shows and movies that I enjoy.

                But that's just me.
                Don't want to face reality? Actually it's quite clear for me that the shows aren't REAL, so no need to avoid this material...I'm not living in a dream bubble or so !

                Anyway: Me, I am interested.
                Last edited by Griffin; 10-10-2005, 06:55 AM.

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                • #9
                  I certainly would be interested in such a book, but I was wondering. Could you possibly wait a short time and include all of the "Babylon 5 that never was" stuff out of the upcoming script releases?

                  Some of us won't be able to get that (got laid off last week) and still want to know what it said.

                  Ach, alas, I know that such a thing might run into problems with copyright, licensing and such stuff. Gorram lawyers, anyways!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SpooRancher
                    I certainly would be interested in such a book, but I was wondering. Could you possibly wait a short time and include all of the "Babylon 5 that never was" stuff out of the upcoming script releases?

                    Some of us won't be able to get that but still want to know what it said.

                    Ach, alas, I know that such a thing might run into problems with copyright, licensing and such stuff. Gorram lawyers, anyways!
                    I'm in too Joe, but this quote from SpooRancher expresses my sentiment also...
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                    • #11
                      personally I long for more Novels I have read enough behind the sences stuff from JMS to keep me happy til the end of my day and I'm only 23. I just wish Mongoose would do something about making those novel they promised I'm getting to the point where I'm picking up the comics and the non canon novels(dell 1-6+8) just to give me my fix. I guess there with the JMS script books and the LotR DVD, but sadly we have to wait for all these think.

                      As for do people still want B5 stuff yes of course I just found Peter Davids Blog today and he was talking about how people are paying 70 bucks for "Out of the Darkness (Babylon 5: Legions of Fire, Book 3)" So I would say yes they do
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                      • #12
                        Of course I'd be interested. You know me, gotta have it all. And read it, too.
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                        • #13
                          I would also be interested. I like reading behind the scenes info.
                          Joan

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                          • #14
                            Count me in.
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                            • #15
                              Me to! Sounds like a cool project!

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