David Gerrold Tries Kickstarting "Star Wolf" Novels to Television

Paul Lilly

Former Maximum PC columnist turns Kickstarter campaigner.

There are several ways you might be familiar with David Gerrold. We've had the pleasure of working with him as a former columnist for Maximum PC magazine, in which he penned technology pieces under the " Future Tense " heading. He's also a screenwriter and novelist who wrote scripts for the original Star Trek episodes, and is the author of the Star Wolf series of books, which he's now trying to port over to television with the help of Kickstarter.

Sure, this is off the beaten path of typical Maximum PC fodder, but hey, we like Gerrold, and we'd like to see him get a chance to bring his novels to television. To do that, he'll need to raise $650,000, which would fund the first episode. Every additional $500,000 beyond that would fund an additional episode, though with less than $47,000 in pledges with just 17 days to go, his Kickstarter campaign's going to need a serious kick in the pants.

Why turn to Kickstarter in the first place?

"Because the old way of doing things doesn't work any more -- and not at all for science fiction," Gerrold's Kickstarter page explains. "Star Trek, The Original Series got cancelled because NBC executives didn't understand what they had. Firefly got cancelled because Fox executives didn't understand what they had. Babylon 5 was cancelled because the network executives didn't understand what they had. Even a profitable series can be cancelled if the numbers don't work for the accountants. And anything less than three million viewers isn't considered enough."

It seems like a long shot with the limited interest at this point, but check it out and if you like what you see, toss some green at an old friend of ours.

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