The Martian Child by David Gerrold
A Novel About A Single Father Adopting A Son

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A Novel about a Single Father Adopting a Son
Based on a True Story

"Oh. One more thing: Dennis thinks he's a Martian . . . ."

Soon-to-be parents are instructed to "expect the unexpected." Good advice, it turns out. Especially for the anxious or apprehensive parent who is considering adoption.

How can one know about an adopted child?

All David Gerrold knew for certain was that he wanted to be a parent. As a single gay man he thought adoption would be the most direct route to fatherhood. But he soon found out-to both his joy and dismay-that the emotional route to fatherhood was anything but direct. In fact, it was a roller-coaster ride that changed his life forever.

When he first saw the picture of eight-year-old Dennis beaming up at him from the photograph in the adoption book, David knew this was the boy for him.

But these were the facts: Abandoned as an infant by drug-addicted parents. Documented abuse. Shuffled from one foster home to another. Deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ritalin to control his violent emotional outbursts. For his antisocial behavior: Disipramine. The conclusion from experts: Dennis was "hard to place." A polite bureaucratic euphemism for unadoptable. It was a depressing assessment that David could not-would not-accept.

He needed Dennis. And he believed Dennis needed him. It was that simple.

Until the reality of single fatherhood set in.

A searingly honest, funny, moving, and heartfelt portrait of the joys and perils of parenting, The Martian Child is David Gerrold's valentine to the redemptive value of love,in this case a father's love for his son. A son who thinks he's a Martian.

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About David Gerrold

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David Gerrold is the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of dozens of books for both adults and young adults. He began his career as the precocious author of the teleplay "The Trouble with Tribbles," broadcast on the original "Star Trek" series and voted the series's most popular episode of all time. David lives with his son in Northridge, California. And while he admits he no longer believes his son truly is a Martian, in exasperating father-son moments - of which there are many - David believes he still acts like one.
Published February 18, 2011 by DG Media. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Horror. Non-fiction

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Dennis is the boy David chooses, mostly because he’s the only white child available and the county doesn’t promote cross-racial matchups, but also because Gerrold has a “feeling.” Although the boy is deemed unable to form a lasting attachment (read: is unadoptable), Gerrold wants him and proceeds...

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Gerrold, a Nebula and Hugo Award winner, proffers this tale of adoption and fatherly love for the adoptive parents of troubled children. The quasi-fictional protagonist, David, decides that he want

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more Joss Stone kidnap trial begins Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool - the two men accused of plotting to murder Joss Stone - were carrying a sword, a lock knife, a hammer and notes of their intentions, a court has heard.

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In Martian Child, Cusack plays David Gordon who, even as a child, was a misfit dreaming of alien worlds and their exotic inhabitants.

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At some point before her death, she wanted to adopt a child and David decides he might carry on this idea when he gets a call from a foster home provider Sophie (Sophie Okonedo) suggesting she might have just the child for him.

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The difference between novel and film could not be clearer: David Gerrold must write science fiction in order to express his true feelings, while David Gordon must stop writing science fiction in order to express his true feelings.

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