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by Rick Norwood

Whatever Happened to Mr. Straczynski (part 3)
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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

J. Michael Straczynski, the writer who made Babylon 5 one of the greatest SF experiences of all time, is mostly writing comic books these days. His series of prose short stories that continued the Babylon 5 story were published in Amazing Stories, the world's first science fiction magazine and Amazing Stories is no more. Folded. Kaput. So now Joe Straczynski has his own comic book imprint, Joe's Comics, published by Top Cow. There are two titles so far, Rising Stars and Midnight Nation, both highly recommended. The main difference between Joe's Comics and most comic books is that Joe actually tells a story, not just a series of incidents. Joe will also be writing one of the Spiderman titles. I hope his contract with Marvel Comics does not prevent him from finishing his own stories.


Voyager in December is all reruns, but the new X-Files season is shaping up nicely, with a developing professional relationship between Scully and Dagget that is entirely different from her relationship with Mulder. One recent X-Files was the old chestnut about the small town nobody leaves. "Nope, nobody here has a car and the bus only come through on Friday and all the telephones are out of order. Why don't you just relax and sit a spell. We'd be glad to have you stay." Scully proves to be a substantially tougher victim than most who have been caught in the small town flytrap. And then, on the Sci-Fi Channel, there's Dune.

3 DEC -- Sunday
The X-Files, "Invocation" by David Amann

3 DEC -- Sunday
Dune, part one (opposite X-Files at 9 but shown again at 11 and 1 AM)

4 DEC -- Monday
Dune, part two

5 DEC -- Monday
Dune, part three (conclusion)

10 DEC -- Sunday
for the person who wants a really intense Dune experience, all six hours starting at 1 P.M.

10 DEC -- Sunday
The X-Files, "Via Negativa" by Frank Spotnitz

17 DEC -- Sunday
The X-Files, "Redrum" by Daniel Arkin and Steven Maeda

Copyright © 2000 by Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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