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Mon Apr 7, 2014, 12:30 AM

Purple Or Blue, It's Up To You

New B5 book series about to be launched! This is a site to help them decide what color to use for the covers, purple or blue. Click on the link and you'll get to help their staff choose. Plus, they've listed all of the responses guessing what the series "Intelligence from the Great Machine" will cover

Purple Or Blue, It's Up To You

While we've released books in the past with a choice of covers there was a specific reason.

For example Artifacts from Beyond the Rim was available with a black cover (to match the Scripts series) or a white cover (to match our Asked & Answered, Crusade, and Echoes series). We wanted to make sure that all our collectors had a book that matched their sets.

Since this cover doesn't match an existing series, we need to choose one color. And this began a heated, internal debate. It's at the point now where the B5 Books Team has segregated itself into Team Blue and Team Purple...with equal staff on each side.

While this isn't a "feud" on the level of the Hatfields and the McCoys we do need an intervention. YOU.

(more at link above)


I'm surprised they didn't just pick colors from a barrel

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Response to kentauros (Original post)

Wed Apr 9, 2014, 11:52 PM

1. Bruce Boxleitner's unexpected reaction when JMS told him,

"You'll be pleased to know that I cut out the scene where Sheridan falls down an elevator shaft and gets his dick cut off."


The above is one of the teasers from the page for the new book, where they also explain why they are printing two versions, one with a blue cover and one with a purple cover...

I'll just buy the purple book for now

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Response to kentauros (Original post)

Mon Apr 14, 2014, 09:48 PM

2. Shouldn't the competition really be between Purple and Green?

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Response to Salviati (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 15, 2014, 04:09 AM

3. They wrote about that,

and I think the answer was either that they had another series of books that were green, or they didn't like the particular green shade that would have worked. I had the same thought about "Purple" and "Green" as I'm sure thousands of other fans had

Oh, I found the answer in a recent email:

Green was off the table because we released ACROSS TIME AND SPACE: THE CHRONOLOGIES OF BABYLON 5 in green.


And just for everyone else's information, the purple cover lost the vote, even though they are releasing the book in both cover colors. What that means is that they are only printing so many copies in purple and will retire the color while the blue cover continues on.

There's a coupon for some money off in the email I got, so I'll post it again here for those that might want to collect both colors.

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Response to kentauros (Original post)

Sat May 3, 2014, 01:59 PM

4. To the Purple Born

This is great news, thanks!

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Response to Babel_17 (Reply #4)

Sat May 3, 2014, 05:13 PM

5. You're welcome!

It's fun reading these books, even though I haven't gotten far. There's some good information in them, as well as a CD with audio and video interviews.

Pat Tillman's "Pleasure Thresholds" book is great, too!

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