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The Martian Child

(2002)
A novel by

 
 
Gerrold, a Nebula and Hugo Award winner, proffers this tale of adoption and fatherly love for the adoptive parents of troubled children. The quasi-fictional protagonist, David, decides that he wants to be "a dad" and initiates adoption procedures through the mind-numbing California bureaucracy. He stumbles upon a photograph of eight-year-old Dennis, a slight, blond boy abandoned by an alcoholic mother as a baby, who is approaching the age when placement is doubtful. Although David had not counted on having a "problem child" for a son, he eagerly embraces the idea. For about two years, he deals with being a single, gay parent of a child who insists that he is a "Martian," a common psychological defense mechanism used by abused and neglected children. The account moves quickly and somewhat sporadically and selectively through about 24 months of adjustment, doubt and finally acceptance of a situation that often has the potential for disaster, although no genuine crises are detailed. The biggest question is why the story is presented in fictional form. As Gerrold explicitly states, it is based on reality, and no point seems to be served in manufacturing details, except, perhaps, that it allows Gerrold to focus on the thesis that lavish applications of love, patience and understanding (along with a bit of medication) can overcome any child's difficulties and create a marvelous father-son relationship and a successful adoptive process. Because it doesn't thoroughly address such serious potential problems as Dennis's propensity for petty theft and violence, the resulting story is less than believable. Readers interested in the topic might better turn to the several nonfiction works available on the subject.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Hardback Editions

June 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Martian Child: A Novel About A Single Father Adopting A Son
Author(s): David Gerrold
ISBN: 0-7653-0311-6 / 978-0-7653-0311-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Martian Child: A Novel About A Single Father Adopting A Son
Author(s): David Gerrold
ISBN: 0-7653-2003-7 / 978-0-7653-2003-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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August 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Martian Child: A Novel About A Single Father Adopting A Son
Author(s): David Gerrold
ISBN: 0-7653-5976-6 / 978-0-7653-5976-6 (USA edition)
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June 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Martian Child: A Novel About A Single Father Adopting A Son
Author(s): David Gerrold
ISBN: 0-7653-0602-6 / 978-0-7653-0602-9 (USA edition)
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August 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Martian Child
Author(s): David Gerrold
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Martian Child
Author(s): David Gerrold
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Martian Child
Author(s): David Gerrold
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Martian Child (Library Edition)
Author(s): David Gerrold, Scott Brick
ISBN: 0-7861-4570-6 / 978-0-7861-4570-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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April 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Martian Child: A Novel about a Single Father Adopting a Son (LIBRARY EDITION)
Author(s): David Gerrold
ISBN: 0-7861-7044-1 / 978-0-7861-7044-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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April 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Martian Child
Author(s): David Gerrold
ISBN: 0-7861-4409-2 / 978-0-7861-4409-9 (USA edition)
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April 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Martian Child: A Novel about a Single Father Adopting a Son
Author(s): David Gerrold
ISBN: 0-7861-7427-7 / 978-0-7861-7427-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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April 2006 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Martian Child: A Novel about a Single Father Adopting a Son
Author(s): David Gerrold
ISBN: 0-7861-7764-0 / 978-0-7861-7764-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Martian Child (Original Novelette)
Author(s): David Gerrold
Publisher: DG Media
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June 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Martian Child: A Novel About A Single Father Adopting A Son
Author(s): David Gerrold
Publisher: Forge Books
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