The Department of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills will host the annual Patricia Eliet Memorial Lecture featuring science fiction author David Gerrold as the guest speaker, on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Loker Student Union Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Gerrold’s prolific output includes stage shows, teleplays, film scripts, educational films, computer software, comic books, more than 50 novels and anthologies, and hundreds of articles, columns, and short stories. His novels and stories have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
“We’re excited to have in David Gerrold, an author who is so accomplished in so many popular genres: science fiction, TV, film, and comic books,” says Roderick Hernandez, assistant professor of English. “Whether you’re familiar with his more than 50 science fiction novels or with his screenwriting for ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Martian Child,’ you’ll enjoy hearing him share his work and discuss his long and distinguished career as a professional writer.”
He has worked on a dozen different TV series, including “Star Trek,” “Land of the Lost,” “Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Babylon 5,” and “Sliders.” He is the author of Star Trek’s most popular episode “The Trouble with Tribbles.”
In 1995, Gerrold penned “The Martian Child,” a semi-autobiographical tale of a science fiction writer who adopts a little boy, only to discover he might be a Martian. The novelette 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.
A 10-time Hugo and Nebula award nominee, Gerrold is also a recipient of the Skylark Award for Excellence in Imaginative Fiction and the Forrest J. Ackerman lifetime achievement award. He will be a Guest of Honor at the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention.
The lecture series honors former CSU Dominguez Hills professor of English Patricia Eliet, who taught at the university from 1969 to 1990. It is sponsored by the Department of English, English Graduate Association, College of Arts and Humanities, and Associated Students Incorporated.
For more information, contact (310) 243-3322.