Michael Taylor Scores Nebula Nod

By Caillan
February 12, 2003 - 1:19 AM

Former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager writer Michael Taylor was this week nominated for a 2002 Nebula Award.

Taylor was honoured for penning The Dead Zone's fifth episode, 'Unreasonable Doubt,' the Sci-Fi Wire reported. Awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Nebula Awards seek to recognise the very best in genre writing.

The other nominees in the script category are Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio ('Shrek'), Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson ('The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'), and Joss Whedon, nominated for Buffy The Vampire Slayer's musical episode, 'Once More With Feeling.'

Originally broadcast on July 14, 2002, 'Unreasonable Doubt' sees Johnny Smith (played by Anthony Michael Hall) summoned for jury duty. While serving on the jury, Johnny experiences visions which convince him that the defendant is innocent, but he must prove it to the eleven other jurors, who are adamant he is guilty.

Taylor's first-ever Trek episode, DS9's 'The Visitor,' scored a Hugo nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation. He later went on to pen 'Things Past' and 'In The Pale Moonlight' for DS9 and numerous Voyager episodes, including 'Counterpoint,' 'Someone To Watch Over Me' and 'One Small Step.' Last year, Taylor joined The Dead Zone as a co-producer.

The 2002 awards will be presented at the Nebula Awards weekend in Philadelphia, April 18-20. The full list of nominations can be found here at the Sci-Fi Wire.

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