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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/25/1998 2:14:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Thanks....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/25/1998 2:14:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

"On a personal note, I have been dreading this last episode, not so
much because of the story, but more because of it's being the end of
Babylon 5. Now that I have watched it I must tell you that I don't feel
depressed or sad. Yes, it was a very moving episode but also an
uplifting story, and I actually feel good. Like I just finished a good
book, which of course I have except that I watched it rather than read
it."

That's pretty much the reaction that others have had, which is
what I was hoping for...because in a strange way, as much as it's an
ending, it's also about hope and new beginnings and renewal.

Thanks....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/26/1998 5:47:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

"My boy toy was saying he couldn't believe that you had Sherridan go,
but not have DeLenn with him; but I found it appropriate that he would
do that. My guess was (correct me if I'm wrong), that like David, he
didn't want anyone to remember him any other way. He wanted their last
thoughts of him to be not of him dying but who and what he was before
that."

Exactly.

And thanks for the kind words.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/26/1998 5:47:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

Thanks, and I suggested the wave 'cause it's what he would do.
Stephen agreed.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/26/1998 5:47:00 AM  

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Roseann <103510.1542@compuserve.com> asks:
> Um, that was you, right?

"My boy toy was saying he couldn't believe that you had Sherridan go,
but not have DeLenn with him; but I found it appropriate that he would
do that. My guess was (correct me if I'm wrong), that like David, he
didn't want anyone to remember him any other way. He wanted their last
thoughts of him to be not of him dying but who and what he was before
that."

Exactly.

And thanks for the kind words.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/26/1998 5:47:00 AM  

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John Bovenmyer <73567.1341@compuserve.com> asks:
> Your idea or Stephen's?
> Was it the producer, writer or director who talked the creator
> into becoming an actor?

Thanks, and I suggested the wave 'cause it's what he would do.
Stephen agreed.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/26/1998 3:09:00 PM  

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Roseann <103510.1542@compuserve.com> asks:
> That was you that turned off the lights?
> Knowing how much it bothers you to have your work edited and
> rewritten by others, was it/is it tough for you when you have to
> do that to a collegue? It must be a necessary evil in some cases,
> yes? Do you tend to or try to keep it to a minimum?
> Or does it depend on the story, writer's experience, etc?
> Has it ever been an intimidating experience for you?

Thanks....

Yeah, that was me...and rewriting somebody else is as easy or
hard as the other person makes it.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/26/1998 3:09:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

Thanks....

Yeah, that was me...and rewriting somebody else is as easy or
hard as the other person makes it.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 11/30/1998 2:46:00 PM  

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Koslosky <102365.2062@compuserve.com> asks:
> We LOVED SiL, BUT, my newly converted office mate fans of B5
> asked me to query you regarding this ep - why did you leave SO
> many questions unanswered? The Drak and Centari Prime?
> Londo?
> Lyta?
> Bester and the Psi Corps?
> G'Kar?
> Garibaldi and Bester?
> B5's seemingly needless and useless destruction?
> Sheridan's son - we guess he survived the Drak and their intended
> keeper? Are we to assume we'll never know the answers to any of
> these questions?

The Drak and Centari Prime?

Vir is Emperor now. Londo asked Sheridan to free his people; we
can assume he did this...but we will also be showing this in the
Centauri Prime trilogy of books in more detail.

Londo?

We saw Londo's fate in War Without End Part 2.

Lyta?

The telepath crisis and events surrounding it will provide a lot
of the background to Crusade.

Bester and the Psi Corps?

Ditto.

G'Kar?

We saw his fate in WWE2 also.

Garibaldi and Bester?

This will be covered in the Psi Corps trilogy, of which volume 1
is out now, and volume 2 is in my hands for editing.

B5's seemingly needless and useless destruction?

Neither needless nor useless. It was built cheapest of all the
stations, and it takes a lot of money to maintain it. With trade
routes now going around it, there isn't enough income to support it.
So do you leave it intact, for others to occupy or raid for weapons
systems and other systems too difficult to yank out? Or take it out,
the same way we implode buildings now?

Sheridan's son - we guess he survived the Drak and their intended
keeper?

This will also be covered in the Centauri Prime trilogy...but if
you sit back you can do some of the work to figure out a large part of
this. As Londo states, his situation in WWE2 (Sheridan and Delenn
captured on Centauri Prime) takes place 18 years after the events in
2260, which would put it at 2278. The urn, given to Sheridan in 2262,
is supposed to be given to the heir at the occasion of his/her 16th
birthday, by Centauri tradition.

That would put the urn presentation at...ding!...2278.

In 2278, Sheridan and Delenn have been drawn to Centauri Prime.
We know their son is involved, because Delenn says "David is safe." So
they were somehow able to save him, because we know that in 2281, David
is alive and well and serving in the Rangers (SiL).

You can see the shape of the events there...once again the clues
are more or less in plain sight...but again, this will be drawn out in
the books in more detail.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/3/1998 1:11:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

All three of the Psi Corps books are by J. Gregory Keyes, from a
jms outline.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/5/1998 2:11:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

You couldn't tow something as massive as a 5 mile long station
like this through hyperspace; it'd tear apart.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: SiL
      To: CIS  
    Date: 12/9/1998 5:41:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

It can be moved, sure, but can it *survive* the move? Also,
you'd have to bring B5 through a jump point in order to bring it
anywhere, and the stresses involved in that would be hideous.

jms

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