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  • River of Souls Movie-Tie In?

    Hi guys!

    Just found that one at

    I already got the movie tie-ins to "In the beginning", "Thirdspace" and "A Call to Arms", but it seems I missed out on that one. The strange thing: I cannot find it at, I cannot find it at ebay... this thing is harder to catch than a phrase of a Vorlon

    Does someone know if this tie-in was indeed published, and where I could get it, or if the entry at is false?


  • #2
    The book never happened. Here's a pretty comprehensive post by JMS about what happened. For more posts you can do a search of the archives for ' River of Souls book '.

    From: [email protected] (Jms at B5)
    Subject: River Souls Novel.
    Date: 12/19/1999 8:17:00 AM
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    >The lady who was going to write it supposedly posted to one of these B5
    >lists. The author and B5 continuity person (Avery I thinks her name) got
    >into a tiff. The author posted her side of the deal, I think on this list??
    >So if that was really her, she explained the continuity person wanted to be
    >listed as a co-author or something like that. Ended in a pissing match with
    >the author dropping the deal and moving on to other projects.
    Not correct.

    The book felt massively padded to me. For instance, we're into the vault in
    the movie within about 3 minutes. That segment was stretched out to something
    like 20 pages or more.

    I went through and made indications were the padding should be cut out...and
    after it was all cut, there was only about two-thirds of a book left. It
    needed a b-story or elemen to flesh it out, which Peter and others did with the
    novelizations, but wasn't done here. So I asked Fiona to come up with one,
    since I was frantic at the time with production and we didn't get any
    indication from Del Rey of a desire to come up with one. She did so, writing
    out a detailed outline that fit and worked well. There was no money involved,
    she did it just to help, and asked only for a small credit somewhere in the
    book, along the lines of "additional material supplied by...."

    In any event, the process dragged on, and it didn't seem to work out, and
    finally the book was jointly killed. It's obvious the author tried her best,
    but we look for a kind of approach that fits in with the rest of the books, and
    this one just didn't work on that level.

    If the author is slamming our reference editor, that's unfortunate, because it
    was my call on the book from start to finish.

    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization we're seeing now.


    • #3
      Very interesting.

      Anyway, thanks!