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Odds And Ends On The Usenet
Saturday, June 10, 2006 - reddit
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 rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated, 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 alt.politics.org.cia.
- comp.graphics.apps.lightwave, JMS talks B5 CGI.
- An explination on why rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated 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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