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J. Michael Straczynski          

American writer and producer

Joseph Michael Straczynski, known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski, is an American writer and producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, radio dramas and other media. Straczynski is a playwright, former journalist, and author of "The Complete Book of Scriptwriting." He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction television series "Babylon 5," its spin-off "Crusade," as well as "Jeremiah," a series loosely based on Hermann Huppen's comics. Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, notably including an unbroken 59-episode run through the third and fourth seasons, and all but one episode of the fifth season. He also wrote the four Babylon 5 TV movies produced alongside the series. From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long-running Marvel comic book series "The Amazing Spider-Man." He also famously wrote for "Thor," "Superman," the "Superman: Earth One" original graphic novels, "Before Watchmen" and "Wonder Woman."

In 2009, Straczynski was nominated for the BAFTA Award for his screenplay for "Changeling." His new series, "Sense8," premiered in 2015.

Straczynski is a long-time participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums (including GEnie, CompuServe, and America Online) since 1984. He is credited as being the first TV producer ("showrunner" in Hollywood parlance) to directly engage with fans on the Internet, and allow their viewpoints to influence the look and feel of his show. Two prominent areas where he had a presence were GEnie and the newsgroup moderated.

Straczynski is a graduate of San Diego State University (SDSU), having earned a BA with a double major in psychology and sociology (with minors in philosophy and literature). While at SDSU, he wrote for the student newspaper, "The Daily Aztec," at times penning so many articles that the paper was jokingly referred to as the "Daily Joe". Straczynski resides in the Los Angeles area.

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