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Alan Brennert (born 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey) is a American author, television producer and screenwriter. Brennert has lived in Southern California since 1973 and completed graduate work in screenwriting at the University of California Los Angeles.
Brennert's earliest television work was in 1978 when he penned several scripts for the Wonder Woman series. He was story editor for the NBC series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and wrote seven scripts for that series. He won an Emmy Award as a producer and writer for L.A. Law in 1991. For science and fantasy readers, he might be best known as a writer for The New Twilight Zone and the revival of The Outer Limits. One of his best regarded episodes was for The New Twilight Zone, an adaptation of his own story "Her Pilgrim Soul", which became a play. Since 2001 he has written episodes of the television series Stargate Atlantis and Star Trek Enterprise under the name of Michael Bryant.
Brennert writes books and stories. His first story, "City of Masques" was published in 1973 and in 1975 he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction. He won a Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 1991 and had stories in Gardner Dozois's Year's Best volumes. His 2003 book Moloka'i is a historical novel that focuses on life in Honolulu and the leper colony at Kalaupapa in Hawaii made famous by Father Damien, Mother Marianne Cope and Lawrence M. Judd, historical people who appear in the novel in the early 1900s. It received mostly favorable reviews. The decision to write Moloka'i came after a four-hour miniseries Brennert wrote for NBC was not picked up. According to his website, Brennert wanted to "write something that people would get to see." In 2009, Brennert returned to Hawai'i in Honolulu, an historical novel centering on a Korean picture bride in the early 1900s. The story told in Honolulu came out of Brennert's research from Moloka'i.
Brennert contributed many acclaimed DC Comics stories for Detective Comics, The Brave and The Bold, Batman: Holy Terror and Secret Origins in the 1980s and 1990s. He and artist Dick Giordano crafted the lead story for Detective Comics #500 (March 1981).
|1992||Emmy Award||Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated||L.A. Law||Shared with fellow producers Rick Wallace, Steven Bochco, Patricia Green, Carol Flint, Elodie Keene, James C. Hart, Robert Breech, Don Behrns|
|1991||Emmy Award||Outstanding Drama Series||Won||L.A. Law||Shared with fellow producers Rick Wallace, David E. Kelley, John Hill, Robert Breech, James C. Hart, Elodie Keene, Patricia Green, Alice West|
|Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||Nominated||L.A. Law episode "Mutinies On The Banzai"||Shared with co-writers Patricia Green and David E. Kelley|
|Nebula Award||Best Short Story||Won||Ma Qui|