Thursday, March 5, 1970

Author - Ellison, Harlan

Birth: May 27, 1934.

Death: June 28, 2018.

Comments: Harlan Ellison was at the same time the angry young man and the grumpy old codger of science fiction. He was pugnacious and seemed to always be ready to fight, having been involved in numerous interpersonal conflicts with people in and around the science fiction field, and having filed numerous grievances and lawsuits objecting to perceived sleights and misappropriations of his work.

Leaving all that aside, Ellison was a brilliant writer. Actually, one might say that his brilliance as a writer was what allows him to get away with all of the various peccadilloes that would have derailed a lesser artist's career. Ellison won nine Hugo Awards for his writing, one for his screenplay of A Boy and His Dog, and he wrote the Hugo winning Star Trek episode City of the Edge of Forever (although in typical Ellison fashion, he didn't like the final script, which Gene Roddenberry had changed from Ellison's original draft). He also won the Nebula Award four times, the Locus Award eighteen times, the Stoker Award five times, the Edgar Award twice, and the World Fantasy Award twice.

Ellison was also a creative consultant for the television show Babylon 5, which is my favorite television show of all time. Ellison appears to have no official website, but there is a fan website dedicated to him called Ellison Webderland.

My reviews of Harlan Ellison's books:

Other books by Harlan Ellison that I have read but not reviewed:
Approaching Oblivion
Paingod and Other Delusions
The Deadly Streets

Short fiction by Harlan Ellison appearing in works that I have reviewed:
Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitiude 38 54' N, Longitude 77 00' W found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2
The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World found in More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Volume II
The Deathbird found in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream found in More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Volume II

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