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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: ATTN JMS:The Quintara Marathon
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 10/30/1995 10:37:00 AM  

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No, I've never read them. "I am wondering if they had any relation
to B5." No, because that is called plagiarism.


I'm not yelling at you, James, I'm just taking a moment here to make
a general comment.


Ahem. To everyone looking on.


STOP ASKING ME IF I AM DOING ONE BOOK OR ANOTHER BY ANOTHER WRITER.


That is called plagiarism. It's called theft. It's not a question
that novel writers get, only TV writers. I know that's not your intent,
but that's what it is. I didn't fight for five years to make this show to
do somebody else's story. This is its own story. Nobody else's. It may
not occur to you -- likely does not -- but this is a *supremely* offensive
comment to any writer. It implies that one cannot come up with one's own
story, one has to borrow or rip off from somebody else...again, a comment
usually directed toward TV writers. I've never seen a novelist asked if
he was doing somebody else's novel.


I may sometimes nod in tribute to those works that have come before,
but that's all it ever is.


jms

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