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by David Gerrold

Basis for the major motion picture from New Line Cinema ―starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack―in theaters November 2007

When David Gerrold decided he wanted to adopt a son, he thought he had prepared himself for fatherhood. But eight-year-old Dennis turned out to be more than he expected―a lot more. Dennis suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, the son of a substance abuser and alcoholic who abandoned him in a seedy motel at the age of one-and-a-half. His father died of an overdose. Seized by the state, Dennis was shuffled between eight different foster homes in less than eight years. He was abused and beaten severely in at least tow of his placements. Dennis was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and put on Ritalin and then Disipramine. He was prone to violent emotional outbursts. His case history identified him as "hard to place" ―a euphemism for "unadoptable." But for David Gerrold it was love at first sight…

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ISBN: 0765320037
ISBN13: 978-0765320032
Category: Gay and Lesbian
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: David Gerrold
Language: English
Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (September 4, 2007)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1486 kb
FB2 size: 1927 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 767
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Nearly five decades ago, David Gerrold wrote a script that made me laugh. He tickled the special funny bone inside my brain that is awed by cleverness while snorting with joy. I was about ten years of age. I didn't know who had written it.
His books About that script and Star Trek I devoured eagerly. I was delighted and I wanted him to know. I wrote him a letter and sent him some drawings. His response delighted and encouraged me. I was graduating high school around that time.
In the next few years I read WHEN HARLIE WAS ONE, THE MAN WHO FOLDED HIMSELF, and his collaboration with Larry Niven, THE FLYING SORCERORS. I thoroughly enjoyed them all. They are good, solid science-fiction storytelling at its finest.
None of that prepared me for this work.
I follow David on Facebook and I read a good deal of what he writes there. I have gotten to know him a bit better in that way.
That did not prepare me for THE MARTIAN CHILD.
About a quarter of the way through the book, I wept. I enjoyed it, too... the weeping and the reading.
I am the father of an amazing twenty-five-year-old woman. The father in David got to the father in me... and I love him for that.
Read the book. You won't regret it.
It goes well with rainbow sherbet.
I loved this story! It's full of heart and soul, with just a touch of weirdness (the good kind). The characters are fully-fleshed and three-dimensional. The story is intriguing. I read it all in one sitting, because Gerrold made me care deeply about these people.

Ignore the poor reviews, because most of them are complaining about things that this book was not trying to be. Is it true? That's not a valid question. This is a science fiction novelette, not an academic treatise on parenting and adoption.
I had been intrigued with The Martian Child as a movie, its both funny and serious moments. I got the memoir because this film was inspired by the David Gerrold's book, and I wanted to know what else there was to know about this man and his adopted child. I found out that the book is very different but contains a good many of the charming things about the film, though not all. It goes deeper in some aspects, telling us that he, the narrator, is a gay man and a science fiction writer who has wanted to adopt a child for a long time. He's not a widower who might decide to adopt in spite of doing it alone; he's been thinking about single parenthood for a long time. Also, the book delves deeper into what is wrong with the boy physiologically and emotionally and what he's had to overcome, such as fetal alcohol syndrome and being abused in foster homes. it delves deeper into the father from a first person point of view, It also interesting because it shows how a writer approaches problems, asking himself questions.
You may have seen the movie. You may think you know the story. Read this anyway. Gerrold's writing is crisp, clean and deeply intimate. He's weird, has a unique view of parenting and I swear I nearly married him in college. But his oh so human heart transforms what could have been just another "poor abandoned child" story into a brilliant gem of a book.
I watched the movie with Jon Cuzack and was touched by it, when I figured out it was based on a true story I was intrigued. The book is short but it’s full of love that is admirable, really a moving and unique story.
After seeing the movie version of "The Martian Child" I just had to read the book. It did not disappoint although there are some differences between the book and the movie. In the book, the father is a gay man and in the movie he is a widower who vows to follow through on the plan he had with his wife to adopt a child. These are only surface differences because the whole point of both the book and the movie is the relationship between a single dad and his "hard-to-place" adopted son. The young boy, Dennis, is riddled with insecurities which manifest themselves in everything from wild tantrums to his insistence that he is from Mars. The father is unbelievably patient as he alternately enters his son's fantasy world and then coaxes him out of it. This is a touching story of two human beings who learn to trust each other and to be better together.
I may have heard this story maybe a dozen times, first I read (more than once) the novella which won the coveted Hugo award, and which I recommended to everyone. Then I listened to the story on CD, and I have now read the expanded story in book form. I have to confess that David is a good friend and I know "the martian child" personally. While I loved the novella, the expanded book blew me away. I thought I was immune to the emotion that it evoked, but the book sent me back to the Kleenex box as I re-read the story of the adoption of David's son. Yes, this is a fiction book (I don't *think* Dennis is really a Martian--if so, I can think of a couple of Martian wishes he owes me), but so much of this book is factual that it reads like an autobiography. I gave this book to everyone I care about for Christmas and am still ordering copies of it to share with people. It's a short read, but one of the best books I read in 2002. And I don't just say that so David will send me chocolate either.
I was handed this book--nay, forced to read this book--by friends who told me I'd relate to it, cuz, as an adoptee myself, I kept saying the same things about my birth parents being space aliens.

And they were right.

Oh, never mind that David Gerrold is a great writer--that was definitely a bonus, of course--it was really the story and the ideas that struck home, and I recommend this book to pretty much anybody, but to adoptees especially. Trust me; you'll love it.