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Short Stories

There were six short stories published in "Amazing Stories" and the official "Babylon 5" magazine. Four of the six were written by series creator, J. Michael Straczynski and they are all considered canon. These stories are not available anywhere else but in their original publications.

However, there are copies of these stories floating around on the internet but JMS has asked people to stop distributing them in this manner. Not only is it against the law and infringes on various copyrights but it makes it less likely that these stories will ever be re-published again. If you would like to see these collected into a book, please contact: (thank you KoshN for providing this information!)

Del Rey Books
Steve Saffel, Senior Editor
1540 Broadway
NY, NY 10036-4040
USA

Steve Saffel: SSaffel@randomhouse.com

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Amazing Stories #597: The Shadow of His Thoughts
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Summer 1999 -- Format: Magazine
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This story is set after the series finale where Londo learns the hard truth about his future and with this knowledge, a new kind of freedom.

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JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
JAN.14.2000
The first one was a Londo story because I really wanted to do something different and cool with the character, go inside his head and show the transition to being emperor, let folks know that inside he was still the same Londo.

APR.1.1999
The first one, "The Shadow of his Thoughts," is a Londo story taking place in the days shortly after his coronation as Emperor.

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Amazing Stories #599: Genius Loci
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Winter 2000 -- Format: Magazine
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After happening upon a Psi Corps mothership floating dead in hyperspace, Lyta and G'kar discover a planet whose very existence endangers all who come near.

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JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
JAN.14.2000
[T]he second one with Lyta and G'Kar was mainly for fun, to play with them and see their relationship together out there.

AUG.15.1999
"Genius Loci" is the name of a very well known story by C.A. Smith. Any chance you are a fan of his as well as Lovecraft?

Yes, I'm a fan of Smith's work, but no, the title is not a nod to him, since the phrase precedes his book by several hundred years....

JUL.4.1999
The next one up is a G'Kar/Lyta story set after their joint departure from B5. (I'm basically taking snapshots of where some of the characters are in the months or weeks after the end of season 5.)

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Amazing Stories #602: Space, Time, and the Incurable Romantic
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Summer 2000 -- Format: Magazine
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Susan Ivanova reaches out to Marcus Cole across the years.

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JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
JUL.9.2000
What's been kind of fun about the discussion of this episode here and elsewhere has been the bipolarity of it all.

On the one side you have those who think it's a very romantic story with a happy ending. Which is totally the right response.

And then on the other side you've got those who think it's a morally dubious story or even worse. Which is ALSO totally the right response.

It becomes a question of what you, the reader, thinks is appropriate, and where the priorities are. Does Marcus, having laid down his life, and suffered, and lost everything and everyone he holds dear, deserve a last shot at happiness using a technology that is probably being used by other people for far worse purposes?

On the other hand, the technology and the invasiveness of it raises very real questions and concerns. One can say it's an invasion, but is it really? Is it her, or is it a blank slate? What makes her, *her*?

If, in the end, he is happy at last, and she is happy, who are we to question?

But should we not question the *thrust* of the technology, and the uses it might be put to in future?

I knew it'd drive a wedge right down the middle of the readers, and that's exactly why it was written...to pose questions and raise issues for heated discussion. Because what's right or wrong here is a matter of perspective, as it should be.

JUN.22.2000
I think Marcus should have told her the truth. She'll probably remember her death and his actions sometime in their future, and then their time together would have been a lie.

She won't remember it, not if I have anything to say about it.

And I do.

JAN.14.2000
The third [...] was written with one express purpose: to set the proverbial cat amongst the proverbial pigeons with something that's going to send a ripple all through B5 fandom; it's a story I don't think anyone ever expected to see.

Just the first line alone should stun a number of B5 folks

And that's all I'm going to say about it.

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B5 Magazine #22: Hidden Agendas
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: May 2000 -- Format: Magazine
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First issue to feature an all-new Babylon 5 short story, "Hidden Agendas" by J. Michael Straczynski, a tale set on B5 during the original five-year arc. Also features an interview with Jason Carter and a Ship of tears station log.

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JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
JAN.18.2000
[T]hese will be brand new stories, written just for the B5 magazine (the first of which will be determined by fan vote from four possible story areas).

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B5 Magazine #23: True Seeker
Author: Fiona Avery -- Published: Jul 2000 -- Format: Magazine
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Includes a new B5 short story, "True Seeker" by Fiona Avery. Set on the Narn homeworld, Na'Toth makes a terrific guest star appearance. Plus Claudia Christian interview, Endgame station log and more.

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B5 Magazine #24: The Nautilus Coil
Author: J. Gregory Keyes -- Published: Aug 2000 -- Format: Magazine
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Double-sized final issue. Included a new B5 short story, "The Nautilus Coil", by J. Gregory Keyes, which has a great tie in with his Psi Corps novels and an exhilharating Last Word from series creator J. Michael Straczynski, rounding off the run with his usual aplomb. The completed the Babylon 5 Chronology which began its run in Issue 19.

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JMS Speaks on Short Stories
JMS AT THE ABYSS SAID:
JUL.7.2003
The following email was sent to me in response to a copyright violation which occured on one of the mailing lists I own. Re-printed with permission.

I have put both the web site owners and the page itself on notice that they are engaged in copyright infringement, and that the material (scripts and short stories) must be removed or they will face prosecution under the law, which carries a statutory penalty of $100,000 per offense. Warner Bros. Legal Affairs has prosecuted over half a dozen cases such as this, and in each case has won judgements against those involved.

JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
JAN.15.2003
Is there any chance that these [short stories] could be collected and published in a single book?

Somebody would just have to make that deal with WB, that's all.

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