OF ALL OUR CONVERSATIONS
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN EACH OF THE 6 VOLUMES?
1) A 330- to 370-page book with 20-40 complete transcripts of
interviews with the Babylon 5 stars and key crew members conducted
while the show was in production. Each book also includes at least 20-30
never-before-seen photos, sketches or in-house documents.
2) Each book is personally autographed by one of the Babylon 5
3) Each book features a note to the fans from the autographing star.
4) A postcard featuring a quote from the Babylon 5 character played
by the autographing star.
5) A bookmark with a character quote selected by the autographing star.
6) An audio CD interview that includes two or more of the show's main cast
or key crew members, recorded at the time the interviews in the Echoes
books were conducted. Transcripts of these interviews are NOT included in
the book. They are audio only.
THIS A LIMITED-EDITION SERIES?
Yes. At the request of fans, the series will be
available into 2013 so that everyone has time to complete their collections.
We will email the fans 3 months before the series goes out-of-print so
everyone has plenty of notice.
WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN BY "HAND-SIGNED?"
We mean that the B5 star literally signed each book.
It is not a printed signature; it is a Sharpie-pen-in-the-hand-of-the-star
WHAT IS AN "INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT?"
It is a word-for-word transcription of everything that was said
in an interview by both the interviewer and the person being interviewed.
It is the source material for a printed interview. In this series, you'll
read the question asked and the entire reponse that was given.
WHERE DID THESE INTERVIEW
TRANSCRIPTS COME FROM?
Journalist Joe Nazzaro, who started
interviewing the Babylon 5 cast and crew in 1992 before the pilot
aired and continued through the conclusion of the series and subsequent
television movies (including the 2007 DVD release Babylon 5: The Lost
THIS SERIES HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS "HOLOGRAPHIC."
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
When B5 started shooting, a crew member remarked to
J. Michael Straczynski that the show was "holographic" because
each subsequent script shed new light on all the preceding scripts.
principle applies here. Though presented in chronological order, the interview
transcripts in this series were conducted at different times, with different
people, BUT on the same subjects. Therefore, you get multiple perspectives
on the episodes, people and events. Each interview will "shed new
light on all the preceding" interviews.
WILL I LEARN FROM THIS SERIES IF I ALREADY HAVE THE JMS SCRIPT BOOKS?
The JMS 15-Volume Limited-Edition Script Series contained 800+ pages of
introductions to his scripts that detailed his perspective on events.
Echoes of All Our Conversations is the flip-side, featuring 2,100+
pages of detail told by more than 50 cast and crew.
THERE SCRIPTS IN THESE VOLUMES?
There are no scripts in any of these volumes. This series is strictly
a collection of transcripts of "as-it-happened" interviews,
never-before-seen photographs, documents and artwork.
PLEASE DEFINE EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN BY "LIMITED
These books will never, ever be available again. This compilation
under a different title will never, ever be available again. Really. Name
any ploy used by an unscrupulous "limited edition" publisher
and know that we will not do that.
That said, it is probable some of the content will be available somewhere
else, someday, separately. "Separately" is the key word here.
For example, one of the interviews could be republished in another book.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE A VOLUME?
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
You can return it for a 100% refund. And we mean 100%. You will be refunded
(1) what you paid, (2) shipping charges to receive it and (3) the cost
to return it. This policy extends to international customers as well.
Just email us your order number at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PART OF THE BABYLON 5 PRODUCTION TIME LINE DOES THIS SERIES COVER?
The interviews, which are mostly presented in chronological order, begin
a few months after The Gathering (the pilot) was shot in the
summer of 1992, and conclude just prior to the DVD release of The
Lost Tales in 2007. Fifteen years of as-it-happened interviews chronicling
Babylon 5's history.
WOULD YOU EVER MAKE THIS SERIES AND SIMILAR
RELEASES AVAILABLE AS E-BOOKS?
No. Our contract does not include e-releases. We realize this sounds old-fashioned
in the age of Kindles and tablets, but our publishing agreement was signed
2 years before the Kindle existed.
IS THE FULL QUOTE THAT CONTAINS THE PHRASE "ECHOES OF ALL OUR CONVERSATIONS?"
G'Kar, "Objects in Motion," Season 5, Episode 21:
I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us...and
a part of us remains. Go anywhere in this station, when it is quiet, and
just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all of our conversations,
every thought and word we've exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices
will linger in these walls, for as long as this place remains.
DO YOU INCLUDE AN AUDIO CD INSTEAD OF AN MP3?
To preserve audio quality. The masters of these recordings are
mediocre. They have been remixed by a top-rate engineer to enhance the
clarity of the voices. Transfering them to audio CD -- which is lossless
-- means you get to hear all the nuances that would be lost in the MP3
format, including the sound of a modem dialing up. (How 1997!)
WHO CONDUCTED THESE INTERVIEWS?
Joe Nazzaro, the legendary SF journalist. These cast-and-crew interviews
occurred "as it happened," so they are free from any revisionism.
These are the COMPLETE TRANSCRIPTS of the entire interviews, not the articles
Nazzaro wrote for various magazines in the 1990s. Uncut. Uncensored. Nothing
Editor's notes are included throughout the book describing what was happening
in the Babylon 5 production timeline at the time of each interview.
This gives each question and response context.
The transcripts are mostly printed in chronological order, giving you
the complete behind-the-scenes history of Babylon 5 with a beginning,
middle and end.
MUCH OF JOE NAZZARO'S INTERVIEW MATERIAL IN THESE BOOKS WAS PREVIOUSLY
At least 75% was unpublished. For example, the first time he interviewed
story editor Larry DiTillio (who is extremely frank, by the way), that
interview was about 26,000 words. Only three or four thousand words ever
appeared in print. In volume 1 you get to read the entire 26,000 words,
which means that 85% had never been seen before.
IS THERE SO MUCH UNPUBLISHED MATERIAL FOR SUCH A POPULAR SHOW?
From Joe Nazzaro: "Keep in mind that most genre magazines weren't
all that interested in covering B5 until season three, which
is when everybody jumped aboard. Before that, it was a very tough sell.
And secondly, even if a magazine wanted to run a piece, it was next to
impossible to get photos from Warner Bros., who were just useless. So
if a magazine wanted to run, say, a four-page article, and they only got
three photos (many of which had to be used and reused), that four-page
story suddenly became only two pages. So all of this material, particularly
pre-season three, really started to pile up."
MAKES THE INCLUDED AUDIO CD NOTEWORTHY?
Fans are actually going to be able to listen to interviews that NOBODY
but Joe Nazzaro has ever heard. These are additional interviews that do
not appear in the print volumes; they're added value. About these Joe
Nazzaro remarked, "There is one in particular that is one of the
coolest B5 interviews I EVER did. It was recorded in 1996 and
is included with Volume
DID THE B5 BOOKS TEAM GET THESE INTERVIEWS?
We approached Joe Nazzaro and came to an agreement for the entire archive
of 200+ interviews.
CAN'T I FIND THESE INTERVIEWS IN PRINT?
According to Joe Nazzaro, "Visual Imagination, who published Starburst
and TV Zone among others, went out of business some years ago.
Starlog Press, who refused to print any B5 interviews for many
years, is also out of business as a magazine publisher and their warehouse
burned down several years ago, virtually wiping out every back issue of
Starlog and Fangoria they had in storage. And all of
those interviews were done before the advent of the Internet, so this
is probably fans' first chance to read most of this material."
WHAT IS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IF I HAVE A QUESTION
We personally respond to all emails.