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Gay “Star Trek” Scribe Offers To Write Superman Title To Balance Homophobe Orson Scott Card

adventures-of-supermanIn just a matter of weeks, DC Comics’ decision to hire science-fiction writer and noted anti-gay bigot Orson Scott Card to pen a new Superman title has become a PR nightmare.

Card, a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, has publicly claimed gays and lesbians can change their orientation if they wanted to, and that homosexuality is caused by molestation. An online petition was started to encourage DC to dump Card, and it’s received more than 13,000 signatures to date.

But veteran sci-fi writer David Gerrold, who is openly gay, has a better idea: Let him write The Adventures of Superman.

Gerrold, whose writing credits include the beloved “Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek writes:

Perhaps you could balance that decision by hiring an openly gay writer to draft a Superman story for a future issue.

I hereby volunteer.

David_GerroldI have been a fan of Superman since Bud Collyer played him on the radio. (Before TV was invented.) I can remember Brainiac’s first appearance, and Bizarro too. And I cried when George Reeves died.

I do have some small credential as a writer of science fiction and fantasy. I have published a few books and written a few teleplays. (You can look me up on the Internet.) I have also written some mangas, and I wrote two issues of the Babylon 5 comic you published ten years ago.

I have some very good ideas that I think would work well for the series. I’d like the opportunity to write for you the very best Superman story ever.

Sincerely yours,

David Gerrold

DC could do a lot worse that Gerrold, who also worked on Land of the Lost, The Twilight Zone, and numerous Star Trek novelizations. His award-winning 1995 book, The Martian Child, was even adapted into a film starring John Cusack.

Of course, despite the fact that both Gerrold and the novel’s lead are gay men who adopted children, Cusak’s character was made heterosexual.

Good grief.

 

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Feb 18, 2013
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  • 3 Comments
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      I have a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek, and I say this: Trouble With Tribbles is, bar none, my favorite episode of TOS. This guy is god. And a member of the rainbow tribe, to boot. Hire him! Boom.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • andy_d
      andy_d

      Gerrold also wrote an excellent SF book titled “The Man Who Folded Himself.” It is well worth the read.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kobayashi Maru
      Kobayashi Maru

      @jwrappaport:
      Trouble with Tribbles is good, but I perfer The City on the Edge of Forever.

      Gerrold supposedly left the writing staff of Star Trek: The Next Generation when his script concerning two gay officers was rejected.

      Feb 20, 2013 at 1:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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