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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: JMS: another quick question ab
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 6/1/1994 9:52:00 PM  

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The idea first started as a question: how do you design an SF show
for television that won't kill itself financially...then how can you
design a show in such a way that it tells a story over X-number of years,
like some of the multi-novel cycles that are the hallmark of SF
literature?

The obvious framework seemed to be a crossroads or meeting place of
some kind, a place of commerce and trading. It's much more difficult and
energy-consuming to go down into a gravity well every time you want to
drop something off, so this led to a space station/community. I kind of
knew pretty much where I wanted to go right off the bat, but it took me
another six months to a year to *really* decide on what the arc of the
story was to be. In the years since, I've added a bit around the edges,
fleshed out some of the characters and their own personal arcs, but it's
still essentially the same story.

jms

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