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By Kent Larsen

LDS Author David Howard Nominated for Nebula Award

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- After last Fall winning the Hugo Award, LDS science fiction author David Howard has now been nominated for another of the three major awards in the field, the Nebula Award. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the nominations for this year's award last week, and Howard was nominated in the category of best script for his Star Trek spoof, Galaxy Quest.

Howard won the Hugo, which is given based on the votes of fans, last September, beating out critically acclaimed films like "Being John Malkovich" and "The Matrix." But for the Nebula Howard's script again faces tough competition, with "The Green Mile," "Dogma," "Unbreakable" and the highly-acclaimed "Princess Mononoke" joining "Being John Malkovich" as fellow nominees.

Howard wrote "Captain Sunshine," the story on which "Galaxy Quest" is based and co-wrote the screenplay with Gordon. "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, nor is he the first nominated for a Nebula. Well-known LDS science fiction author Orson Scott Card has won the Hugo award four times and the Nebula twice. He won the Hugo in 1986 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." Card won the Nebula award in 1985 for "Ender's Game," and again in 1986 for "Speaker for the Dead."


Nebula Final Ballot Announced
Sci Fi Wire 7Mar01 A2

2000 Nebula Awards Final Ballot
Science Fiction Writers of America 7Mar01 A2

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

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