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The Babylon 5 Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 29, 2005

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  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Synthetic Worlds (October 29, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0977868206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977868209
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,168,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pay attention to the man behind the curtain. 4.5 stars out of 5 -- Jason Davis, Creative Screenwriting, November 2005

About the Author

In addition to creating and executive producing Babylon 5, Straczynski’s other credits include The Twilight Zone, Murder She Wrote, Walker Texas Ranger, Crusade and Jeremiah. The author of over 500 published articles, dozens of short stories, three novels and two anthologies, he also writes The Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Supreme Power and The Book of Lost Souls for Marvel Comics. In 1992 an asteroid was designated 8379 STRACZYNSKI by the International Astronomer’s Union.

This 15-volume limited edition set collects all 92 JMS Babylon 5 scripts (out of its 110 episodes) many of which contain scenes and dialogue which never made it to the screen. Each volume also features exclusive candid photos, memos written during production, and an extensive introduction by Straczynski providing intimate behind-the-scenes stories, many of which have never been told before. The scripts in this collection have earned Babylon 5 the Saturn Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ray Bradbury Award, three Emmy Awards, and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (twice).

In the last year of the show, the MIT Media Lab declared that there are three seminal science fiction series in the history of American television: the original Star Trek, the original Twilight Zone...and Babylon 5.

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J. Michael Staczynski was born in Paterson, NJ in 1954, from a lower-middle-class blue-collar family that moved 21 times in his first 18 years. He began writing in earnest and selling at the age of 17 and hasn't stopped since. He graduated San Diego State University with degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

As a journalist, he has written over 500 published articles for such periodicals as The Los Anglees Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Penthouse, Writer's Digest, San Diego Magazine, the San Diego and Los Angeles Reader and TIME, Inc. He has also published numerous short stories in Amazing Science Fiction Magazine, Pulphouse, and various anthologies.

As a television writer and producer, he has written over 200 produced episodes, including workj on The New Twilight Zone, Nightmare Classics and Murder She Wrote. He also wrote, created and produced the series Babylon 5, Crusade and Jeremiah.

Moving from TV to film, he wrote Changeling (directed by Clint Eastwood), Ninja Assassin (produced by the Wachowskis), provided the story for Thor (directed by Kenneth Branagh), wrote Underworld 4 (starring Kate Beckinsale), and has written numerous other films that are currently slated for production.

He has won the Hugo Award (twice), the Saturn Award, the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, the Space Frontier Foundation award, the Ray Bradbury Award, the Christopher Award, and over a dozen others.

He was also nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his screenplay for Changeling.

He writes ten hours a day, every day, except for his birthday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure where to start because I've waited so long for the release of these books and, even to my surprise, it was worth the wait. That's because these books are much more than scripts, they also have lots of behind-the-scenes info, photos, memos from the production, the works.

As I write this Straczynski has just released volume 8. From what I can tell Amazon only has Volume 1 (you can find them all at the babylon5scripts website for the same price.) As good as volume 1, each volume just gets better and bigger) including some lost scripts.
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