David Gerrold Message Board
Xelint posts on 1/2/2007 9:46:10 AM
I am just happy that I am not one of the people that contributed money to have a character named after you in one of his "upcoming books." Those people should ask for their money back!!
balor posts on 12/30/2006 1:56:00 PM
if mr. G needs ten years to finish book fife I think it will be worth the waiting. but I think it is rude behaviour (and bad marketing as well) not to spend ten minutes a month to update his homepage and drop some comments for his still loyal fanbase...
Steve (but not his buddy Steve) posts on 12/26/2006 3:36:44 PM
I will make a few parallels to explain why I, as an "annoying speculator", may at times make aspersions about a man who apparently, according to his bud Steve, is just too good to update his readers now and then. I ask if any of you do the following: 1) Pay for a movie, watch the first riveting hour, and then have the DVD skip so you can not watch he end. Then you just sit there nice and quietly and keep a defective movie. 2) You buy a puzzle and find out half the pieces are missing after you have already started. But you just sit there, and enjoy your half done puzzle. How many of us enjoy half-done pieces of work, especially when WE paid for them. This is not simply a case of DG giving his readers charity. We, as readers, have helped enable DG to make many of the trips he does, to enjoy the technologies he does, and yet he left us with a half finished piece of work. So we have a right to complain, if we so choose. And to say that DG is above the fray is quite an absurd thought as, if you read the postings here over the past several years, about the only time DG ever does respond is when a negative comment is posted. Perhaps, as I have suggested in the past, DG actually took some time to show his readers/customers some respect by actually giving updates now and then, perhaps we would be more understanding. Again, he has profited off of US , the READERS, and it is not the other way around. As for Buddy Steve's aspersion that we have shortcomings because we post comments about a topic that we are interested in, all I can say is that it is pretty easy to throw daggers at people you have never met AND know absolutely NOTHING about (except that I spend 20 minutes a year looking for info. on the Chtorr series). If DG wants to refund the money I spent on his books in the past, I will gladly close my mouth. And while yes, I did enjoy them, and so one could say that I received appropriate value for the book, I dare you to read or watch 3/4 of any good book or movie and leave feeling satisfied. Try it Buddy Steve, and then tell me then if you can at all sympathize with the readers of DG's Chtorr series.
Peter Clark posts on 12/26/2006 11:10:50 AM
He hasn't updated it in over eight months. Has he abandoned it?
Xelint posts on 12/26/2006 11:07:02 AM
I'm the King of Prussia! You can say anything you want on the message boards and it does not lend credibility to anything you say. Sorry, but don't believe you about Gerrold. How long has he had this same 225,000 words supposedly been completed?? He posted on completing this several YEARS ago and only having a few things to finish but so far the books have failed to materialize. Sorry, but credibility comes on delivering what you promise not on the empty pipe dreams or being his best friend.
Steve posts on 12/25/2006 11:55:04 PM
I know David Gerrold, I've known him for at least twenty years. In all that time, he never slows down, he only speeds up. His biggest fault is that he takes on more projects than any sane human being should. But...I've read the 225,000 words finished on book five, and the 70,000 words he's expanding into book six. (He asked me to look to see if a certain thing worked. Yes, it did.) All I can say is Wow! There are times when I thought he had gone way out onto the skinny branches and then fell off, only to do a superhuman catch on the next branch down. I mean, there's stuff here that had me gasping for breath, and there was one place where I nearly threw up. I know Gerrold well enough to know why he won't comment on any of the stuff posted here, he thinks it's a waste of his writing time to get involved in fannish speculations, he thinks the only opinion that counts on his books is his own. Anyway, the point is, Gerrold is trying to surpass everything he's ever written before, and I think that he's well on track to doing it. He says he's got three sequences left to write, and there's a problem he wants to solve to make the ending more exciting. Then all he needs to do is write some scientific explanations to go between the chapters and some Short quotes. I don't know what David thinks, but I think it's annoying (and stupid) to have people speculating on my friend's ability to finish what he started. I know him better than you do, and your speculations about his failings say more about your shortcomings than his.
John posts on 12/25/2006 8:25:12 PM
It's sad but it looks like a race now between Robert Jordan and David Gerrold as to who will die first leaving both series unfinished.
I don't see the Chtorr series as ever going any farther. I really liked book 1 then it went downhill after that. The pseudo psychology angle is a huge warning flag that the author doesn't know the steps of the plot and instead is trying to come up with something/anything.
Babel-17 posts on 12/25/2006 6:17:57 PM
Zach Braff (Scrubs) as Jim.
It has to be someone either young or young looking imo.
Xelint posts on 12/20/2006 6:10:35 PM
Gerrorld's series will remain unfinished and will be the albatross of the scifi world. Great start but he has promised so much but delivered on so little. Very hard to keep a fan base when you don't write.
Steve posts on 12/19/2006 3:53:52 PM
What are the chances that DG publishes one book in the Chtorr series before JK Rowling finishes seven of the best selling books of all time? Granted, DG produces a much more intricate story, and I far and away prefer his work, but its not like she wrote total drivel. A better comparison I think is George RR martin who has numerous well-thought out characters in his Ice and Fire story arc, but continues to advance the storyline in a reasonable time. Will David Gerrold become the Chicago Cubs of literature?
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