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All the Lies That Are My Life

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Autobiographical novella. Introduction by Robert Silverberg. Afterwords by Norman Spinrad, Vonda N McIntyre, Robert Sheckley, Philip Jose Farmer, Thomas M Disch, and Edward Bryant.
Hardcover, 130 pages
Published January 28th 1991 by Underwood Books (first published November 1980)
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Contents:

015 - Introduction - Robert Silverberg
021 - "All the Lies That Are My Life" Harlan Ellison
087 - Afterword - Norman Spinrad
095 - Afterword - Vonda McIntyre
099 - Afterword -Robert Sheckley
103 - Afterword - Philip Jose Farmer
115 - Afterword - Thomas M. Disch
119 - Afterword - Edward Bryant
127 - About the Illustrator

Illustrated by Kent Bash
Craig Childs
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Harlan Ellison’s “All the Lies That Are My Life” was nominated for the 1981 Hugo Award-Best Novella. This is surprising because it has no science fiction elements in it. It was nominated solely on its perceived strength as a powerful story by a science fiction author. It is probably not surprising it eventually lost to “Lost Dorsai” by Gordon R. Dickson.

I found “All the Lies That Are My Life” to be very absorbing despite a rather banal storyline. Ellison is clearly writing about himself in the
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Craig
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume includes Ellison's excellent novella, as well as an introduction by Robert Silverberg, afterwards by a half-dozen famous authors, and wonderful Kent Bash illustrations. It was nominated for awards in the sf field although it has no non-mainstream elements; it's an excellent piece.
Dan Traeger
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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One of Ellison's best stories. There's a legend that this is actually a thinly veiled account of his relationship with Robert Silverberg which is nicely debunked by Silverberg's introductory essay to this volume.
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Harlan Jay Ellison is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, teleplays, essays, and criticism.

His literary and television work has received many awards. He wrote for the original series of both The Outer Limits and Star Trek as well as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour; edited the multiple-award-winning short story anthology series Dangerous Visions; and served as creative consultant/write
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“He once told me the difference, as he saw it, between an author and a writer. "An author (he said) is what they put on your passport, because in Europe they think a writer is a newspaperman. An author is somebody who get his name on the spine of leather-bound volumes that are never read; a writer is someone who gets hemorrhoids from sitting on his ass all his life...writing.” 2 likes
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