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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Author David Howard Wins Hugo Award for 'Galaxy Quest'

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Author David Howard wrote a story that made hard core science fiction fans its heroes, and now the fans have returned the compliment, giving Howard, his co-author Robert Gordon and director Dean Parisot a Hugo award for the Best Dramatic Presentation in 1999."Galaxy Quest" beat out critically acclaimed films like "Being John Malkovich" and "The Matrix" to win the award, perhaps the largest of the three major awards in science fiction.

Howard wrote "Captain Sunshine," the story on which "Galaxy Quest" is based and co-wrote the screenplay with Gordon. However, unlike Gordon and Parisot, Howard did not attend the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, where the award was presented. "Galaxy Quest" is a spoof of the Star Trek TV series and of the actor's attitudes toward the seemingly innumerable fan conventions held for decades after the show was cancelled. In the movie, aliens turn out to also be fans of the show, although they are unable to distinguish between the fictional show and reality.

Howard is not the first Mormon author to win the Hugo award, however. Well-known LDS science fiction author Orson Scott Card has won the award four times; in1986 for his novel "Ender's Game," in 1987 for another novel, "Speaker for the Dead," in 1988 for a novella, "Eye for Eye," and in 1991 for his non-fiction book "How to write Science Fiction and Fantasy."


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