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'Babylon 5' creator visiting MIT on May 22

J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of the cult science fiction series "Babylon 5," will deliver this year's Julius Schwartz Lecture, an annual event held to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the culture, creativity and community of comics and popular entertainment.

The second-annual lecture, hosted by the Comparative Media Studies program, will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 22, in 10-250.

Straczynski was one of the first television producers to actively engage his fan community online and has consistently explored the interface between digital media and other storytelling platforms. He wrote most of the 110 "Babylon 5" episodes, including an unbroken 59-episode run.

Tickets are required for the event, and can be purchased online at or at Hub Comics in Somerville and Comicopia in Boston's Kenmore Square. For more information, visit

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 20, 2009 (download PDF).

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