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  • Satai with Punsch
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    Originally posted by JasonDavis View Post

    Not much to report, at present. I'm mainly assembling the bones of the book and prepping for interviews. As Jan mentioned--and thanks to Jan for drawing my attention to Satai with Punsch's question--there have been weekly snippets sent out to the folks that get the briefings.

    I'll post a general update to the Kickstarter page next week, so everyone who hasn't heard from me in a while gets a sense of what's up.
    Sounds great JasonDavis!

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  • JasonDavis
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    Originally posted by Satai with Punsch View Post
    So is there any news of this project. As a 50$ backer I do not get any email briefings but I am still very curious
    Not much to report, at present. I'm mainly assembling the bones of the book and prepping for interviews. As Jan mentioned--and thanks to Jan for drawing my attention to Satai with Punsch's question--there have been weekly snippets sent out to the folks that get the briefings.

    I'll post a general update to the Kickstarter page next week, so everyone who hasn't heard from me in a while gets a sense of what's up.

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  • Jan
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    Jason sends out the newsletters every week with snippets of cool things he's found and/or items from production. I'm certain this will be a long process but when there's any news about backer premiums, I'll be sure to post (unless Jason beats me to it).

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  • Satai with Punsch
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    So is there any news of this project. As a 50$ backer I do not get any email briefings but I am still very curious

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  • JasonDavis
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    Thanks, Looney!

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  • Looney
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    Just three hours to go for those of you still on the fence about supporting this project. Spread the word.

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  • JasonDavis
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    As the Babylon 5 Preservation Project nears the end of its funding phase--only 24 hours to go--I feel like serenading you all, much like Sheridan in this deleted scene from 509.
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    (It's okay. I assure you Bruce Boxleitner isn't singing in this shot. He's declaiming, definitely not singing. This is how rumors [bargains and lies] get started.)

    In last night's Ranger briefing, I mentioned that an embryonic version of the book this project will yield has been on my mind since 1996. For 20 years, I kept thinking "Someone else will do it." And then I remembered going to my local bookshop week after week and asking if Harlan Ellison's ROUGH BEASTS--which had been listed as "forthcoming" since 1994--was imminent. The poor booksellers kept saying, "No, it's not in the system."

    Ellison's ROUGH BEASTS finally came out in November 2012. I edited and published it with money raised from Ellison readers. So much for thinking someone else will do it. My thanks to everyone who's backed the project and to those who considered doing so and to those who asked questions along the way.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...oject_facebook

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  • JasonDavis
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    Originally posted by Lope de Aguirre View Post
    Unfortunately for Germany and many other countries you have to add another 39$ (= 89$)

    So I thought about pledging 100$ for two copies and check if the amount does not nearly double this time.
    One cannot choose the 100$ for two books option outside the US...
    Unfortunately, a book that weighs three pounds--as is the case with a 500-page trade paperback, well-padded in a sturdy box--costs $39 to ship to Europe. That's for USPS First-Class International Package Service. If we raise the weight for two books, that shipping option is no longer available and we have to go with Priority Mail International, which is $60 to European destinations. When I was setting up the various shipping options, I thought that was too much to ask of international backers, so I opted for single-book options.

    If you want me to open up a two-book option for Germany, let me know here and I'll do so for you.

    In either case, thanks for spreading the word.

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  • Lope de Aguirre
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    I planned to back this project and today I wanted to fulfill these intentions.

    I wanted to pledge 50$ for a copy of the book.

    Unfortunately for Germany and many other countries you have to add another 39$ (= 89$)

    So I thought about pledging 100$ for two copies and check if the amount does not nearly double this time.
    One cannot choose the 100$ for two books option outside the US...


    I wish this project much success. I plan to inform people in the coming days that this exists. I for myself do not send money with this options (maybe a little bit, but not the 50 I planned to)

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  • JasonDavis
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    There are four days left to back the Babylon 5 Preservation Project. I've sent out an Anla-Shok intelligence briefings to the $60-and-above backers every Friday since the project reached its funding goal. (One of the future briefings will probably include the list of books I studied in formulating my approach to this tome; there are over 50 titles.) The book's scope has broadened--with the budget--to encompass the spinoffs and story-oriented tie-in merchandise. (I've already learned a few things about the novels and comics that I didn't already know.)

    Thanks to all who've backed the project.

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  • Satai with Punsch
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    Originally posted by JasonDavis View Post
    Satai with Punsch: Thanks for the support. I hope you enjoy the resulting book.
    It seems like a very fun project

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  • JasonDavis
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    Satai with Punsch: Thanks for the support. I hope you enjoy the resulting book.

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  • Satai with Punsch
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    Being distracted by real life I almost missed this one, but thanks to the heads up on Facebook I managed to pitch in some support. Really looking forward to this as some of the later B5 publications have been way out of my league money-vise.

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  • JasonDavis
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    Though I'll still be sprinkling bits of B5 trivia on all the various Facebook groups until the Kickstarter concludes next month, today will see the first Anla-Shok intelligence report dispatched via e-mail to backers who pledged $60 or more. (Ordinarily, it'll be material from the book-in-progress, but I haven't started writing yet, so today's first briefing will be atypical.)

    So, if you've not yet backed, you still have a few hours to get aboard before the first inside scoop is revealed, and if you backed at the $50 level, there's still time to upgrade to $60.

    As for today's enticing trivia:

    Actor Beverly Leech--who played John Sheridan's sister, Elizabeth in "Revelations"--was nearly cast in a MUCH different role during season one.

    More on this matter will be revealed in ALL ALONE IN THE NIGHT: The Making of Babylon 5, coming soon from:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...oject_facebook

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  • JasonDavis
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    "What now?" you may be asking, the Babylon 5 Preservation Project having achieved its original goal with 17 days still to go.

    As of this writing, 565 copies of the book will be printed. If that number goes up to 1,000 copies, there are more printing opportunities that become available to improve the quality and content of the book.

    Everything in publishing is about numbers, which is why a traditional publishing house still wouldn't consider this book viable with "only" 565 books bought; it's not enough for a cost-effective print run.

    So...

    If you're wondering Should I wait until the book is published and buy it then? that's certainly an option.

    But...

    If you back the Kickstarter now, there's an opportunity to improve the product EVERYONE will receive at the end of the day, both in terms of the content (because more money gives me more time to work) and execution (because more books to be made means volume discounts at higher-end printers).

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...vation-project

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