The Martian Child
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1994
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Locus, Hugo and Nebula Award winning and Sturgeon Award nominated novelette.
What happens when a science fiction writer adopts a little boy who says he's from Mars? Prepare to be enchanted.
David Gerrold's bittersweet memoir of his son's adoption was rejected by six editors before it finally found a home in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Readers fell in love with it immediately. It was the basis for the 2007 movie Martian Child, starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet.
This hilarious and moving account of the poignant adventure of parenthood is the author's personal favorite.
The story originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 1994. It can also be found in the anthology Nebula Awards 30 (1996), edited by Pamela Sargent. It was later expanded to the novel The Martian Child: A Novel About a Single Father Adopting a Son (Based on a True Story) (2003).
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