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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Gerrold Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Gerrold, a science fiction writer from California, adopts a son who has been classified as “unadoptable” due to his violent emotional outbursts resulting from abuse. Another side-effect of his turbulent early years is that he believes himself to be a Martian. Gerrold begins the long, involving work of trying to earn the acceptance of Dennis, a hyperactive eight-year-old who desperately wants a father’s love, but is so insecure he feels he must be an alien. Gerrold’s recounting of the first two years with Dennis ends with the climax of Dennis running away and waiting in a city park at night for the flying saucers to come and reclaim him. Funny, endearing, and at times, heartbreaking, this is a beautifully written testament to fatherhood.

This book is semiautobiographical. Gerrold did adopt a son, but he heard about a boy who thought he was a Martian from another adoptive father.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Gerrold] relates a personal story with poetic license, humor, imagination, and love. Experienced reader Brick does a wonderful job portraying the author who finds himself as he finds his son.”


  • “Neurotically charming and funny.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Brick is surprisingly effective as Dennis, the young boy, speaking with a convincing nonchalance that gives way to rage. Brick brings listeners along even as Gerrold begins to believe his son actually could be an alien.”


  • “The heart-searing moments are many but never overwritten, thanks to Gerrold’s bright, efficient exposition.”


  • Winner of theHugo Award for best novelette
  • Winner of the Nebula Award for best novelette

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erren | 4/25/2011

    " The whole time I read this, I felt someone was telling me a story through email (not a professional writer). It was too casually written and most of the time I was waiting for something to happen. It was ok, but not terribly impressive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lonnie | 3/24/2011

    " Interesting...I think I'm going to like the movie better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/30/2011

    " Very touching story. Plays out much better than the film adaptation did, and really puts you in touch with the characters. Also, a good, quick spaghetti recipe. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Susan | 1/5/2011

    " This won the Hugo and Nebula? I guess not much good was published that year. "

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About the Author

David Gerrold is the author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated The Man Who Folded Himself, When Harlie Was One, and the Chtorr, Dingillian, and Star Wolf series. He also wrote “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek, which was voted the most popular Star Trek episode of all time. He lives in Northridge, California.