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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Jms, any plans to write a book?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/14/2000 8:15:00 AM  

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>Considering all the writing you do, do you have any plans to write you
>own B5 novel?

I did that in B5 itself. Any further actual published novels will be in other
areas.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Jms, any plans to write a book?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/15/2000 12:45:00 PM  

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>The new original one you've already done and are shopping around is a
>supernatural thriller, isn't it, like your eariler two?

The first two were nominally horror novels, with the supernatural aspect right
at the core of the story; this one isn't. It's a contemporary mystery thriller
with a slight supernatural aspect to it.

>Do you still have interest in SF? Any plans for a new SF novel, your
>first in prose?
>

The SF book market is SO screwed up right now, with so many changes in
management and scheduling and editors, that I'm kinda steering clear.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Jms, any plans to write a book?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/16/2000 12:44:00 PM  

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>I'm not an expert on the current market,
>but I've sort of noticed the lack of good SF titles in the bookstores over
>the past year or two. Is this something cyclic or is there a some sturctural
>problem in the publishing end of things.

Too many publishing companies are now owned by too few corporations, leading to
the Hollywoodization of Publishing: total emphasis on blockbusters, the
eradication of the midlist, the production of cookie cutter books, the mass
proliferation of generic fantasy titles, shrinking advances and marketing
support, and an environment that makes it harder for new or midlist writers to
survive, and even more difficult for ANY writer to get something new or
challenging onto the marketplace in deference to safe choices.

Other than that, it's copacetic.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Jms, any plans to write a book?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/17/2000 9:28:00 AM  

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>Well, Joe, you gave me the answer as to why I get so frustrated every
>time I try to find an interesting book in the SF-section. I decided
>recently to read Dune instead. I had never read it before--it's
>fantastic! I had been looking for a book that was a huge story, like
>B5, & Dune is it!

I'd also commend to you the Foundation trilogy, and Childhood's End.

jms

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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Jms, any plans to write a book?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/17/2000 9:32:00 AM  

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>I had one cow-orker in the early 80's who

A cow-orker?

Did it give milk and live in Mordor?

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
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