Harlan Ellison: Requiescat In Pace

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Sad news.  Harlan Ellison, the enfant terrible of the Golden Age of Science Fiction, a man who managed to get into arguments with virtually every major science fiction writer of his day, has passed away at age 84.  Ellison tended to be a major pain in the rump to almost everyone who encountered him for more than a few minutes, but he was on Bradbury’s level of ability as a writer.  Great artists can be fairly sketchy individuals and I think Ellison fit firmly into that category, although, to be fair, I suspect due to his rep more than a few of his colleagues gained some amusement in baiting him.  I have read most of what he wrote, and although I was not a fan of his I recognized both the depth of his imagination and his skill at portraying beings in crisis.  Well, whether he lands in Heaven, Hell or Purgatory, I would recommend enlarging the complaint department.


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  1. He wrote two of my favorite short stories. “Jeffy is Five” and “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”. True classics.

  2. Although he was 180 degrees from politcally, I have read most of his work. He was a hell of a writer and was able to take you places you couldn’t have imagined. Read a story called “Croatoan” which I believe is inadvertently Pro-Life.

  3. He also wrote two episodes for the original “The Outer Limits” TV show in the early 1960’s. They were “Soldier” and “Demon with a Glass Hand.” Both of them involved time travel.

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