DC Comics has come under fire in recent days for hiring popular science fiction writer Orson Scott Card, author of the Ender’s Game series, to write their Adventures of Superman series. Card is well known for his anti-gay stance and his opposition to the legalization of same-sex marriage. Fans of Superman and DC Comics believe this stance makes Card unfit to write the character of Superman, whose own belief system is founded on compassion, tolerance and justice.
Many fans, including celebrities, have spoken out against the hiring and a petition urging DC Comics to drop Card from the title has close to 15.000 signatures. But the best response yet comes from a writer for the original Star Trek television series.
Award winning and openly gay writer David Gerrold has published an open letter to DC Comics, volunteering his services to draft issues for a Superman story. Gerrold is perhaps best known for writing one of the most popular episodes of the original Star Trek series, The Trouble with Tribbles, as well as many other television shows such as Twilight Zone.
You can read Gerrold’s letter below, and beneath that you will find a link to the afformentioned petition, which we urge you to sign.
Dear DC Comics Editors,
I see that you have hired a writer for Superman who has written strongly of his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people. And I see that there is an online petition protesting that move.
Perhaps you could balance that decision by hiring an openly gay writer to draft a Superman story for a future issue.
I hereby volunteer.
I have been a fan of Superman since Bud Collyer played him on the radio. (Before TV was invented.) I can remember Brainiac’s first appearance, and Bizarro too. And I cried when George Reeves died.
I do have some small credential as a writer of science fiction and fantasy. I have published a few books and written a few teleplays. (You can look me up on the internet.) I have also written some mangas, and I wrote two issues of the Babylon 5 comic you published ten years ago.
I have some very good ideas that I think would work well for the series. I’d like the opportunity to write for you the very best Superman story ever.
“The Trouble With Tribbles”
Land Of The Lost
The Martian Child
(and a whole bunch of other stuff)