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Becoming Superman

My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood

J. Michael Straczynski Neil Gaiman

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Harper Voyager
22 July 2019
A Hugo Award Nominee!

Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman!

J. Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time.

-- Max Brooks (World War Z) For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been one of the most successful writers in Hollywood, one of the few to forge multiple careers in movies, television and comics. Yet there's one story he's never told before: his own.

In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood's Changeling and Marvel's Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret.

Joe's early life nearly defies belief. Raised by damaged adults-a con-man grandfather and a manipulative grandmother, a violent, drunken father and a mother who was repeatedly institutionalized-Joe grew up in abject poverty, living in slums and projects when not on the road, crisscrossing the country in his father's desperate attempts to escape the consequences of his past.

To survive his abusive environment Joe found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose amazing powers allowed them to overcome any adversity. The deeper he read, the more he came to realize that he, too, had a superpower: the ability to tell stories and make everything come out the way he wanted it. But even as he found success, he could not escape a dark and shocking secret that hung over his family's past, a violent truth that he uncovered over the course of decades involving mass murder.

Straczynski's personal history has always been shrouded in mystery. Becoming Superman lays bare the facts of his life: a story of creation and darkness, hope and success, a larger-than-life villain and a little boy who became the hero of his own life. It is also a compelling behind-the-scenes look at some of the most successful TV series and movies recognized around the world.
By:   J. Michael Straczynski
Introduction by:   Neil Gaiman
Imprint:   Harper Voyager
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   671g
ISBN:   9780062857842
ISBN 10:   0062857843
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   22 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

J. Michael Straczynski has had one of the most varied careers of any American writer, penning hundreds of hours of television, comic books for Marvel and DC that have sold over 13 million copies, and movies that have grossed over a billion dollars. Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Reviews for Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood

J. Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time. -- Max Brooks (<em>World War Z</em>) A fascinating journey through careers in three different professions-comic books, TV, and movies-from an accomplished master of each. Rare to have such detail and such access. A major literary autobiography! -- Bestselling author Greg Bear I just finished reading Becoming Superman and can, without a mote of hyperbole, state it is one of the most terrifying and inspirational, funny and empathic nonfiction books of our time. I'm too old to be currying favors. Just trust me. Buy it or die! -- Walter Koenig Becoming Superman is a valuable resource for those wishing to look behind the curtain to one of pop culture's most cherished and esteemed writers [...] It is an incredible story of familial abuse and its aftermath, of perseverance and fortitude, of endurance and determination. Highly recommended. -- Fantasy Book Review Gripping. An amazing testament to the range of human durability and determination, overcoming our impossibly dark side with something even more unlikely and miraculous -- hope. -- Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Novelist David Brin Straczynski's life story is simultaneously horrifying and uplifting. He survives a childhood worse than almost anything you could imagine and ends up taking an unlikely path to Hollywood success. It's funny, sad, infuriating, and inspiring--often all at once. -- Jason Snell, host of The Incomparable podcast


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