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David Gerrold

David Gerrold has been sitting alone in a room and talking to himself for more than fifty years. If he hears anything good, he types it up. When he has enough words, he sends it to an editor. Occasionally some editor somewhere is so desperate for something to publish, he sends David Gerrold a check. This proves that David is not crazy for sitting alone in a room and talking to himself.

This poor man could have had a real career as a used car salesman, but instead, all that typing has resulted in a forest-killing avalanche of short stories, novelettes, novels, articles, columns, non-fiction books, television scripts, film scripts, stage plays, comic books, and mangas, several of which have been nominated for awards and a couple of which have actually won trophies.
His TV work, if you must know, includes episodes of Star Trek, Land of the Lost, Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, and Sliders. (He created tribbles for Star Trek and Sleestaks for Land of the Lost.)
Some of his novels have sold well enough to be considered best-sellers. These include The Man Who Folded Himself, a sexually explicit time travel story, and When HARLIE Was One, a thoughtful exploration of artificial intelligence. His novels on ecological invasion, A Matter For Men, A Day For Damnation, A Rage For Revenge, and A Season For Slaughter, have developed a fanatic cult following some of whom have threatened mayhem while waiting for the fifth book.
In 1994, Gerrold shared the adventure of how he adopted his son in The Martian Child, a semi-autobiographical tale of a science fiction writer who discovers his adopted child might be a Martian. The Martian Child won the science fiction triple crown: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Locus Poll. It was the basis for the 2007 film “Martian Child” starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet. (The book is better.)
Various editors have said that Gerrold‘s writing strengths are his readable prose, his easy wit, his facility with description, the accuracy of his science, and the passion of his characters. As long as the check clears the bank, Gerrold refrains from questioning their judgment.