Awards & Nominations

When they give you the Emmy (the name, according to Webster's, is short for Image Orthicon, a vacuum tube developed in the 1940s for use in TV cameras. Kinda takes some of the romance out of the whole process, doesn't it?) ... anyway, when they hand you the statuette, it doesn't have your name or any information on it; this is so no one can learn who's won what before the awards are given. They (correctly) assume that, once you've been handed the Emmy, the only way they'll get it back is to pry it from your cold, dead fingers, so, rather than attempting that, they send you the engraved black band in a month or so, along with instructions on how to put it on the statue.

I am not terribly adept with tools; the words I dread reading most when buying something new (or receiving a major award) are Some Assembly Required. Nevertheless, I gamely followed the instructions -- and promptly stripped the screw that held on the base.

Fortunately, I was working for Disney TV Animation at the time, whose offices were in the Televsion Academy Plaza. I gave my pathetic, disassembed Emmy to the guy at the desk; he tossed it in a closet and handed me a new statue, on which he'd deftly screwed my personalized band. I left the building thinking how many people would commit matricide to have just one of the pile of defective awards in that closet.

So, the Emmy I have is not the one that I won. I'm not sure what that means, if anything; I just thought I'd share it with you.


  • World Enough and Time (Star Trek New Voyages), winner of the 2007 TV Guide Online Video Award for Best Sci-Fi Webisode.
  • California State University at San Bernardino Alumni Association's 1999 Outstanding Alumnus, College of Arts and Letters.
  • Batman: The Animated Series, Emmy Award for Best Writing and Storyediting, 1992-93.


  • World Enough and Time (Star Trek New Voyages), nominated for the 2007 Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
  • World Enough and Time (Star Trek New Voyages), nominated for the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).
  • Deadly Force (Gargoyles), nominated for the 1995 ASIFA Award for Best Animation Teleplay.
  • Batman: The Animated Series, nominated for the 1993-94 Emmy Award for Best Writing and Storyediting.
  • Street of Shadows (Twilight Zone), nominated for the 1989 Writers' Guild Award for Best Teleplay.
  • Dragonworld, nominated for the 1979 Prometheus Award for Best Novel.
  • The Big Spell (Weird Heroes #8), nominated for the 1978 British Fantasy Award for Best Novelette.
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