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Sci Fi pages tome tie-ins

'Roswell' to be first book released under new pact

In the latest Sci Fi Channel branding effort, the net has signed a three-book deal with Pocket Books, based on “Sci Fi Declassified,” the net’s franchise of original doc specials.

The first paperback, “The Roswell Dig Diaries,” will be released in November and is based on last year’s highest-rated “Declassified” special, about the archaeological excavation of the 1947 UFO crash site in New Mexico.

The book will contain information updated from the doc.

The Sci Fi Channel is also taking its “Declassified” mission to Washington, talking to lobbyists about gaining the release of classified government information related to UFO sightings, among other extraterrestrial subjects.

“A publisher should have a right to documents,” said a Sci Fi Channel representative. “We don’t need to find an alien, we just want to know what the truth is.”

This is not the first network foray handled by Pocket Books, a division of Viacom’s Simon & Schuster. The imprint has published books on HBO’s “Sex and the City” and “Six Feet Under,” and “Star Trek.”