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Alternate Gerrolds

by David Gerrold Mike Resnick

Everyday themes as diverse as exploration, the fight against evil, laboratory experiments, and self-improvement are presented in this new anthology of short stories from David Gerrold. Largely consisting of stories featuring an alternative history, and often written for Mike Resnick's Alternative series, the stories range from funny to horrifying and lighthearted to profound. In "Franz Kafka, Superhero!" Kafka employs his unusual metamorphosis to fight evil throughout the world and take on even Sigmund Freud. Two characters who hope to better themselves experience "The Seminar from Hell," while "The Firebringers" features Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Stewart as soldiers charged with dropping the first atom bomb. Taking an archaeological turn, a team of anthropologists struggles with understanding the artifacts of a mysterious alien race in "Digging in Gehenna." With wit and imagination, these pieces provide a rare and intriguing addition to any Gerrold collection.

Blood and Fire

by David Gerrold

With an introduction by D.C. FontanaThe Morthans were physically and mentally superior. Descended from humans, they were now, literally, "more-than" human ... and considered the human race to be little better than animals. They would stop at nothing to conquer the remaining human-controlled worlds.Formerly a never-filmed script for Star Trek: The Next Generation, this conclusion to the Star Wolf trilogy finds Executive Officer Korie and the crew of the Star Wolf answering a distress call from a mysteriously lifeless ship. On board the Norway, they discover half-wave, half-particle clusters of golden light-and a dead man. The lights are the energy form of bloodworms, a fatal infestation that feeds off the energy of living bodies, which scientists on the Norway have developed for use in the Alliance's war against the Morthans. Officer Korie's struggle between his conscience and his desire for vengeance will determine not only the safety of the Star Wolf, but the fate of the enemies he's sworn to destroy.

Boarding the Enterprise

by Robert J. Sawyer David Gerrold Leah Wilson

Trekkies and Trekkers alike will get starry-eyed over this eclectic mix of essays on the groundbreaking original Star Trek series. Star Trek writers D. C. Fontana and David Gerrold, science fiction authors such as Howard Weinstein, and various academics share behind-the-scenes anecdotes, discuss the show's enduring appeal and influence, and examine some of the classic features of the show, including Spock's irrationality, Scotty's pessimism, and the lack of seatbelts on the Enterprise. The impact of the cultural phenomenon on subsequent science-fiction television programs is explored, as well as how the show laid the foundation for the science fiction genre to break into the television medium.

Bouncing Off the Moon

by David Gerrold

Three extremely bright teen-agers and their parents end up on the moon and are mixed up in crime and the courts. David Gerrold is doing his best writing for years in this series and it is well worth your time.

Chess with a Dragon

by David Gerrold

The Galactic InterChange is the greatest discovery in history. Through the InterChange, humanity gains access to the combined knowledge of all the worlds and all the races of the galaxy. For librarians, scientists, doctors, teachers, and anybody interested in the spread of knowledge, it's a field day. Just find something intriguing on the menu and request a copy-so simple, so exciting!Until the bill arrives.It's the greatest bill in history, and humanity has no way of paying it off. No way except one-indenture. Being slaves to aliens doesn't sound like much fun.Yake Singh Brown is the man who has to negotiate the deal for humanity. It's the toughest assignment he's ever faced, like playing chess with a dragon-all he has to do is figure out the rules of the game before being eaten.In the tradition of Douglas Adams and Piers Anthony, David Gerrold, the writer who created The Trouble with Tribbles, pits Earth's most daring diplomat against the scheming-and hungry-races of the rest of the galaxy, with hysterical results.

Child of Earth

by David Gerrold

Book one of the Sea of Grass trilogyWant to visit another world? It might not be as easy as you think.When Kaer's extended family signs up to emigrate to Linnea, a planet known for horses as large as houses and dangerously mistrustful natives, Kaer is certain the move will bring the divided household closer together. What none of them are prepared for is the grueling emigration training in the Linnean dome, a makeshift environment designed to be like Linnea in every possible way, from the long, brutally harsh winters to the deadly kacks-- wolf-like creatures as tall as men.The training is tough, but Kaer's family is up to the challenge. Soon they begin working like Linneans, thinking like Linneans, even accepting Linnean gods as their own. The family's emigration seems to be just around the corner.But then, a disaster on Linnea itself changes everything.

Child of Grass

by David Gerrold

In the first installment of David Gerrold's Sea of Grass trilogy, Child of Earth, Kaer's family expected to assimilate into Linnean society undetected after becoming accustomed to the harsh climate and relatively primitive culture in the training dome-a synthetic Linnean environment designed to prepare Earthlings for emigration to the new world. But a sudden uprising on Linnea changed everything. After a band of religious zealots known as the Hale-Stones, former Earth residents living on Linnea, began outing other Earthlings and disrupting Linnean society in order to convert them to Earth's Christianity in place of the Linnean religion, Kaer's family was stuck in limbo.Now, in Child of Grass, Kaer and Lorrin, Kaer's father, venture away from the training dome as part of a secret mission to restore peace to Linnea and free the hostage Earthlings from captivity. Defeating the Hale-Stones means using every available resource to preserve the Linnean way of life, from advanced technology, to natural disasters, and even the Hale-Stones' own religious teachings.Through the struggle for peace, young Kaer is forced to confront issues about morality, loyalty, the bond of family, and the nature of intelligent life.

A Covenant of Justice

by David Gerrold

In this sequel to Under the Eye of God, David Gerrold's classic space opera continues.The bloodthirsty Phaestor, genetically engineered to fight in defense of the galaxy, have since turned against their creators and established a reign of terror and chaos.Lead by a cunning war queen, her ambitious suitor, and a Dragon Lord, the Phaestor continue to strive for complete enslavement of the galaxy. But a growing band of rebels from Thoska-Roole fights for the galaxy, standing against the merciless vampire overlords.As other humans, bioforms, and androids from worlds across the galaxy join their cause, the outnumbered rebels fight for freedom and the future of the stars.

Deathbeast

by David Gerrold

TIMEBEAM TO DANGERSix hunters and two official guides are going on the trip of their lifetime.Their destination? Earth as it was a hundred million years ago, long before human dominion, when the great hot-blooded dinosaurs ruled supreme.Each of the time travelers has a different motive. Some are on the strange safari for pay. Others are taking a psychological and sexual holiday from civilization. There are women who wanted to show themselves the equal of men-and men out to test and prove their manhood.But whatever their drives and desires, their strengths and weaknesses, the ultimate horror awaits them...DEATHBEAST.

Encounter at Farpoint

by David Gerrold

WHERE THE ADVENTURE BEGAN... CAPTAIN'S LOG, STARDATE 41254.7: The U.S.S. Enterprise is en route to Cygnus IV -- the edge of the known galaxy. There, we will rendezvous with the ship's new first officer and the other command personnel and proceed with out mission: discover the truth about Farpoint Station, a starbase facility built by the inhabitants of Cygnus IV, a starbase of unparalleled size and complexity...and infinite mystery. And the success or failure of this, our first mission together, may well determine the course of human exploration across the galaxy for centuries to come...

In the Deadlands

by David Gerrold

David Gerrold burst onto the science fiction scene in the late sixties with more Hugo and Nebula nominations than any other writer had ever received at the beginning of his career.His first collection of stories, With a Finger in My I, showcased his remarkable range. The jewel in that collection was "In the Deadlands," a bizarre and disturbing journey into a landscape of madness-not so much a story as a sculpture made of words. Nominated for the Nebula award for best novelette of the year, "In the Deadlands" has been out of print for 40 years.This new collection contains all the stories from With a Finger in My I, plus four other works written in the same period, with revealing notes from the author.

Jumping Off the Planet

by David Gerrold

A trip to the Moon? Sounds like the perfect family vacation. Only for 13-year-old Charles "Chigger" Dingillian his family is anything but perfect. His parents fight so much they put the 'dis' into dysfunctional. So when he and his brothers find themselves halfway to the Moon Chigger hits on a plan: if his parents can't find a way to work things out, why not just divorce them? Sound crazy? Until it works. <P> Charles and his brothers are on their own. But their bid for freedom hits a roadblock when Chigger suspects they are targets of an interstellar manhunt. What do these Big Corporations want? And why? <P> Their only hope is to jump off the planet...

Leaping to the Stars

by David Gerrold

Having divorced their parents and escaped to the moon, Charles and his brothers wonder where to go, since they cannot return to Earth.

The Man Who Folded Himself

by David Gerrold

This classic work of science fiction is widely considered to be the ultimate time-travel novel. When Daniel Eakins inherits a time machine, he soon realizes that he has enormous power to shape the course of history. He can foil terrorists, prevent assassinations, or just make some fast money at the racetrack. And if he doesn't like the results of the change, he can simply go back in time and talk himself out of making it! But Dan soon finds that there are limits to his powers and forces beyond his control.

The Middle of Nowhere

by David Gerrold

With an introduction by Spider RobinsonThe Morthans were physically and mentally superior. Descended from humans, they were now, literally, "more-than" human ... and considered the human race to be little better than animals. They would stop at nothing to conquer the remaining human-controlled worlds.Docked for repairs after a harrowing battle with a Morthan ship, Jonathan Korie and his crew discover they have a Morthan imp aboard- a Morthan weapon so quick they have no chance of catching it, so clever they have no hope of outsmarting it and so deadly they have no choice but to try.

Moonstar

by David Gerrold

She was born in the moonstar's shadow when the storms of Satlik raged their worst. Because of this, Jobe was different. The family never spoke of it, but everyone knew Jobe was special. So Jobe came to know of it, too. She had a destiny beyond that of Choice, beyond that moment when she would finally have to decide for Reethe, Mother of the World, or for Dakka, Father, Son, and Lover. For the others it was easy, but not for her, not for Jobe. So she was sent to Option, the island of learning, to make her choice and become who she must be. And slowly, ever so slowly, Jobe retreated from the world, from the time of decision. Then the ultimate cataclysm wracked the planet, threatening all her people had struggled to create, and Jobe came forth at last to fulfill her destiny and begin the quest that the moonstar had set for her so many years ago...Nebula award nominee for best novel of the year (1977). Originally published as Moonstar Oddessy.

Space Skimmer

by David Gerrold

Mass is humanoid, but genetically evolved to cope with greater pressures, stronger gravity, and heavier densities than those of an ancient planet he never knew, nor probably ever would. For Mass, Earth is millennia in the past.His companions are equally diverse, differently evolved, and most unsuitable-to him and to one another. Each live on a separate plane-they had grown on separate worlds.Yet survival might depend on communication. To live, they must find a way to come together as they're faced with intense pressure, clashing perspectives, and unfamiliar circumstances.

Starhunt

by David Gerrold

Only an endless space war could have produced the Roger Burlingame. A war that had caused Earth to turn starships into instruments of total destruction. A war that had so drained Earth of resources that the Roger Burlingame was kept in service long after it should have been scrapped.Now, light years from Earth, the great starship had sighted a quarry almost certain to defeat it in a fair fight. The captain's nerve was gone; the crew were on the verge of mutiny. And command had passed to a fanatical young first officer hungry for his first kill.War had turned into hell-and this was a voyage of the damned...Originally published as Yesterday's Children.

Starhunt

by David Gerrold

Only an endless space war could have produced the Roger Burlingame. A war that had caused Earth to turn starships into instruments of total destruction. A war that had so drained Earth of resources that the Roger Burlingame was kept in service long after it should have been scrapped.Now, light years from Earth, the great starship had sighted a quarry almost certain to defeat it in a fair fight. The captain's nerve was gone; the crew were on the verge of mutiny. And command had passed to a fanatical young first officer hungry for his first kill.War had turned into hell-and this was a voyage of the damned...Originally published as Yesterday's Children.

The Trouble with Tribbles

by David Gerrold

The complete story of one of Star Trek's most popular episodes:From first draft to final shooting scriptThe how and why of TV writingThree previously unpublished episodesWorking on the Star Trek lotPersonal stories of the stars32 pages of photosOriginal illustrations by Tim KirkMORE! MORE! MORE!

The Voyage of the Star Wolf

by David Gerrold

The first work in David Gerrold's Star Wolf trilogy, this tale pits the human members of the Star Wolf space vessel against the superhuman Morthan crew. Captain Jonathan Korie, hampered by the loss of most of the human fleet to the Morthans and a nearly disabled ship of his own, faces the Morthan threat driven by the need for survival and the desire for revenge. A classic of military science fiction, the Star Wolf trilogy combines rapid action with powerful studies of military character.

When Harlie Was One

by David Gerrold

If you are a robot trying to grow up and understand people your only option may be to become God.

When HARLIE Was One

by David Gerrold

HARLIE is the first self-aware intelligence engine. But instead of answers, he has questions-too many questions, and most of his questions have no answers at all.First published in 1972, When HARLIE Was One was immediately hailed as a groundbreaking debut novel, examining the most fundamental question of all: What does it mean to be human?Revised by the author in 1988, this expanded edition is available again. Despite all the progress in computer technology since then, When HARLIE Was One still has extraordinary power to touch the human heart.Nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novel of the Year, its themes of love and discovery are even more important today than when first published.Read. Enjoy. Be inspired.

The World of Star Trek

by David Gerrold

They said it couldn't be done! A science fiction show on national television? The network didn't believe it would work. It was the 1960s. Would the public accept a nonhuman hero with demonic pointed ears? A black female lieutenant? Impossible!BUT STAR TREK LIVES!This is the story of a phenomenon-a story as strange and wonderful, in its way, as the Enterprise's trip through space. Even the power of the networks couldn't stop it. And so Star Trek went on to make entertainment history. Here is the complete inside story of what happened behind the scenes of the Star Trek universe, from scriptwriters' memos to special effects, plus revealing personal interviews with the series' legendary stars.The legend of Star Trek lives in the hearts of millions-now, discover the truth behind the fiction. Writer David Gerrold was on the set, watching it happen: the feuds, the fun, the love-the magic that is Star Trek. A must-have for "Trekkies" of all ages, Worlds of Star Trek includes more than 50 pages of photos from your favorite episodes and stills from all three movies.

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