David Gerrold

Literary Birthday – 24 January – David Gerrold

Happy Birthday, David Gerrold, born 24 January 1944.


  1. I’ve always found verbs to be very strong-willed. They go where they want to, not where you tell them. Adjectives, however, are a fussy lot, extravagant, serendipitous, spoiled, upsetting, frivolous and remarkably sensitive to adverbs. Nouns pretend to be objective, and pronouns take everything personally.
  2. All problems are people problems. And most people problems are people refusing to act like people.
  3. The real test of a human being is not what he knows, but what he learns.
  4. The single most important lesson of effective communication is this: Focus on clarity. Concentrate on precisions. Don’t worry about constructing beautiful sentences. Beauty comes from meaning, not language. Accuracy is the most effective style of all.
  5. Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show.
  6. To say that a writer’s hold on reality is tenuous is an understatement-it’s like saying the Titanic had a rough crossing. Writer’s build their own realities, move into them and occasionally send letters home. The only difference between a writer and a crazy person is that a writer gets paid for it.

David Gerrold is an American science fiction screenwriter and novelist. He is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He created the Sleestak race on the TV series Land of the Lost, and wrote the novelette “The Martian Child“, which won both Hugo and Nebula Awards, and was adapted into a 2007 film starring John Cusack. He created the fictional philosopher Solomon Short in The War Against the Chtorr.

Source for screenshot/ Solomon Short Source for quotes 1-3 / Source for quotes 4-6

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th January 2020