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
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."
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