David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes.
TV credits include episodes of Star Trek ("The Trouble With Tribbles" "The Cloud Minders"), Star Trek Animated ("More Tribbles, More Troubles" "Bem"), Babylon 5 ("Believers"), Twilight Zone ("A Day In Beaumont" "A Saucer Of Loneliness"), Land Of The Lost ("Cha-Ka" "The Sleestak God" "Hurricane" "Possession" "Circle"), Tales From The Darkside ("Levitation" "If The Shoes Fit"), Logan's Run ("Man Out Of Time"), and others.
Novels include When HARLIE Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself, The War Against The Chtorr septology, The Star Wolf trilogy, The Dingilliad young adult trilogy, the Trackers duology, and more.
The autobiographical tale of his son's adoption, The Martian Child won the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette of the Year and was the basis for the 2007 movie Martian Child, starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack.
Having written episodes for over a dozen different television series, including Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Series, The Twilight Zone, and Babylon 5, while simultaneously establishing himself as a master in the genre of science fiction literature, Gerrold has become an authority on science fiction writing, as well as Star Trek.
In fact, many of his critical insights on Trek, first published in his 1973 The World of Star Trek, were directly incorporated into the writer's "Bible" of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which is not surprising considering Gerrold wrote the first draft while working closely with Roddenberry and others. Over a decade before TNG premiered, Gerrold brainstormed a Klingon and counselor on the bridge, families on the Enterprise, and the role of the first officer in leading away teams to planetary surfaces, among other notable ideas that defined TNG as different from TOS.
Arguably, David Gerrold deserved the title of "co-creator." Yet, after a fall-out with Gene Roddenberry during the first season, his Trek legacy has been whitewashed, particularly by official Paramount entities, like startrek.com (which does not credit Gerrold as part of TNG's creative staff) and especially by David Alexander's "authorized" biography of Gene Roddenberry, a book that paints a very unflattering and unfair portrait of Gerrold.