Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

We were joined for an evening of conversation and clips with David Gerrold, influential contemporary sci-fi writer and creator of genre-defining works such as the enduringly popular Star Trek episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles." The discussion examined Gerrold's career across many media platforms to provide unique and valuable insights into the evolution and changing nature of the genre. Gerrold will be interviewed by Word Farm Director Joe Palladino.

This event was sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, Scott Frank, and Rick Rosen.

David Gerrold Bio

David Gerrold's TV credits include episodes from Star Trek (“The Trouble With Tribbles” and “The Cloud Minders”), Star Trek Animated (“More Tribbles, More Troubles” and “Bem”), Babylon 5 (“Believers”), Twilight Zone (“A Day In Beaumont” and “A Saucer Of Loneliness”), Land Of The Lost (“Cha-Ka,” “The Sleestak God,” “Hurricane,” “Possession,” and “Circle”), Tales From The Darkside (“Levitation” and “If The Shoes Fit”), Logan’s Run (“Man Out Of Time”), and others.

His novels include When HARLIE Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself, The War Against The Chtorr septology, The Star Wolf trilogy, The Dingilliad young adult trilogy, the Trackers duology, and many more sci-fi classics.

Additionally, the autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, The Martian Child, won the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette of the Year and was the basis for the 2007 movie, Martian Child, starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director, pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which professionalizes students by helping them to develop production skills with hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests like Oscar® winning screenwriter John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave and Oscar® winning screenwriter Alan Ball for American Beauty

Matthew Ryan began his career as a video librarian at the legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios. As Events Manager at New York University’s Cantor Film Center, he produced a series of film programs that included evenings with Martin Scorsese, Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin. In 2008, he received an MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. His primary writing interests are science fiction and comedy.