Gerrold Comes Full CircleBy T'Bonz
December 16, 2007 - 6:10 AM
David Gerrold is happily involved in the Star Trek world again.
As reported at the New York Times, David Gerrold spoke recently about his association with and feelings about Star Trek.
Gerrold has come a long way professionally since that first professional sale of The Trouble With Tribbles. He has had several dozen books published and has won awards including the Hugo and Nebula. But Gerrold is most often remembered as the man who gave Trek fandom those cute, cuddly, purring tribbles.
Gerrold would prefer to be noticed for his other work as well as Star Trek. "I wouldn't call it frustration," he said, "But I kind of like people to notice that I've done other things. You have a billion people who know 'Tribbles' and only half a million who know my novel 'The Man Who Folded Himself,' which is one of my better-known books."
Added to his frustration was his disillusionment with Gene Roddenberry after working with him. "I wrote the first-draft bible," explained Gerrold. "I did a lot of the heavy lifting. And then Gene, because he had to have his name on it, wrote the second guide, which was effectively mine, shortened." This and other disagreements led to an acrimonious parting of the ways and a lawsuit.
With the passage of time, Gerrold's attitude towards Star Trek mellowed. He made a cameo appearance on Trials and Tribble-ations. "I finally got bored with being angry and just stopped," he said. Gerrold became involved with Star Trek again, doing commentary on the Sci Fi Channel and directing Blood and Fire, an episode of Star Trek: New Voyages, which will appear in 2008.
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