There's some exciting news for Ultima fans: Ultima Aiera has posted the original 'Bob White' plot to Ultima IX. This 53-page document lays out a far more complex version of the game which was cut down for various reasons in 1998. For those unfamiliar with the situation, this is a major "get" for the Ultima fandom--one of their holy grails, akin to the original script to Wing Commander Prophecy or the workprint of the Wing Commander movie. Congratulations, Dragons! You can read the document here.
The biggest connection for Wing Commander fans is unfortunately a sad one: this version of Ultima IX was developed in part by John Watson, who passed away in 2007. It was mentioned prominently by several of his co-workers in the comments we posted at the time. You can learn about John at the memorial page we maintain here.