And now for something completely different. . .

This time it’s a discussion featuring the screenwriter who penned perhaps the most famous episode of the the original Star Trek series, “The Trouble with Tribbles.”

And if you haven”t seen it, here’s the trailer:

The episode was written by a 22-year-old novice screenwriter, who went on to write two other notable episodes of the original series, plus a host of other television and film scripts, as well as another host of science fiction novels and some non-fiction books as well.

Especially interesting are his observations about Star Trek’s role in opening up the realm of science fiction to women and their impact on fan conventions.

In this delightful interview from University of California Television, writer David Gerrold talks about his days with a seminal television series, his science fiction novels, as his experience as a gay single parent of an adopted child — an ongoing experience which has added depth and insight to his fictional creations.

Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles – Teletalk

Program notes:

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, discusses his career across many media platforms to provide unique and valuable insights into the evolution and changing nature of the genre. Gerrold is interviewed by Word Farm Director Joe Palladino.


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