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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Final Reckoning
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/3/1999 1:54:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Yeah, it's a heckuva book...and we did plan to get into some of
the Bester storyline in the show. Ah, well....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Final Reckoning
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/4/1999 9:31:00 AM  

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SysOp Deonaha M. Conlin <102531.2627@compuserve.com> asks:
> So I can safely assume Bester's story is canon, right?

"So I can safely assume Bester's story is canon, right?"

Absolutely.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Final Reckoning
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/19/1999 7:22:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

"SiL was written and filmed before Season 5 and would have been the
final episode of Season 4 had Season 5 not happened. In that light,
this comment more likely refers to the problems they had in Season 4
than any as-yet-untold problems."

Except of course that Garibaldi's whole future arc was known to
me; whether or not there was a S5, his future was his future.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Final Reckoning
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/20/1999 1:12:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

"By the way, I note that SiL clearly does refer to 'events that had
not yet happened when SiL was filmed '. For example, there's Lennier's
death. (Remember that Lennier is toasted as one of the 'absent friends,
in memory still bright'.) Franklin being the head of Xenobiology back
on earth. Garibaldi being head of Edgar's Industries (although this is
implicit in 'Rising Stars')."

Exactly so. Franklin's situation even predates any thought at
all about Crusade as a series.

Garibaldi's death (a much quieter passing than he would have
imagined waiting for him), Franklin's final fate on a distant,
unexplored planet, Delenn's final journey (a quest involving Valen,
though no one else around her believes it), Lennier's sacrifice...it's
all mapped out, on the theory that whether or not it ever gets used,
*I* had to know it.

(Incidentally...in a coming issue of the B5 magazine, there is a
canonical timeline that covers the history of the B5 universe from the
Big Bang to a million years in the future...and it's really nifty to
see the whole thing laid out like that, to realize that, sonuvagun, it
really does work. I commend it to everyone in the highest possible
terms.)

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Final Reckoning
      To: CIS  
    Date: 10/23/1999 9:53:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Except, of course, that as I recall (and my memory could be off
here), Bester's parents were never part of the Corps, and thus would
not have had their DNA on file there.

jms

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