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Odds And Ends On The Usenet

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If you're up late one night and looking to kill some time, and you like to read, then Google's Usenet archive may be just what you've been looking for. I'm a big fan of of J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5, author of novels and comic books (Supreme Power, Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Rising Stars), co-producer of Murder, She Wrote, and many other things. He posts regularly to, accumulating thousands of messages over the years. Here is a sampling of the of some interesting messages I found last night.

  • JMS asks about the spooks in

  •, JMS talks B5 CGI.

  • An explination on why was created in rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan.

There are about 4800 messages in r.a.s.t.b.m. Here's a gem, JMS's first message to the moderated group back in 1996. JMS's venture with online message boards dates far before this Usenet groups existence in what essentially was the first real-time interaction between a showrunner and the fans, allowing the fans to have a level of influence over the shows quality (but obviously not creative content.) You can learn how to create and run a show by reading this stuff, it's well worth it.

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