James Eric "Gard" Gardener was a poet, and the author of Raging Angels. He was the boyfriend of Roberta Anderson.

In the miniseries

Gard was portrayed by Jimmy Smits in the miniseries.

He is a man with an alcohol problem, for which he is fired, but he is not influenced by the aliens like all the others in the town. He manages to stop them by causing their ship to explode. He did this by merging with the ship. He dies on the way.