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Partners In Wonder

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  337 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
No matter how many books you've read, you've never read a book like this one...because there's never been a book like this one in the history of everything. This is the first collection of collaborative stories ever created; it is unique, like the Abominable Snowperson or the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It is the ungovernable lunatic mind of Harlan Ellison, the most honored wr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1975 by Pyramid (first published January 1st 1971)
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Craig Childs
Apr 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This collection includes fourteen collaborations between Harlan Ellison and the biggest names in science fiction, both old school (Ben Bova, Robert Bloch) and New Wave (Silverberg, Zelazny, etc.) Partners in Wonder should have been a can’t-miss book. In 1971, Harlan Ellison was at the height of his popularity. He had published 20 books including a collection of groundbreaking pop culture essays (The Glass Teat) and the hugely influential award-winning Dangerous Visions anthology.

How could such
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Phil Giunta
As an avid admirer of Harlan Ellison, I was excited to find a cache of his books in fine to excellent condition at a used bookstore late last year. It was a rare and wonderful discovery, as I hardly ever find Harlan’s backlist in such a quantity in any single location.

Partners in Wonder was one of the books I found that day. It is an anthology of collaborative stories between Harlan and some of the most famous SF and speculative fiction writers of that Golden Age such as Ben Bova, Robert Silverb
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Gary
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would consider this story collection to be but a set of historical artifacts, or perhaps an exercise in nostalgia. The science fiction owes Harlan Ellison a great debt, as he really was influential in changing the shape of the genre. However, reading these stories (primarily from the 60s or earlier) emphasizes just how much sf has evolved--ironically, in the wake of Ellison's influence.

Several of these collaborations with other giants of the genre are--as Ellison himself more-or-less admits--h
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L.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What could be better than Harlan Ellison writing his sometimes dark, sometimes funny but always engaging work? Only Harlan Ellison working with other authors, equally gifted but perhaps with different takes on the world, society and fiction. Instead of nullifying each other's thoughts, the result is a fantastic synergy which takes you on a wild ride from cover to cover. The story introductions by themselves could have been published as a standalone work as they give an insight to Ellison's work, ...more
David Allen
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Not prime Ellison, or prime work by his collaborators either, and sometimes the introductions are more memorable than the stories. Yet even at their most larkish, the stories generally work, and Ellison's love and respect for his fellow writers is almost palpable. A curiosity, but very readable.
Brad
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some awesome pairings here with Ellison working with the greats/masters of the SF genre. Most effective are the stories where he marries his sensibilities to authors more known for "Hard SF". You get he perfect blend of emotional connection to big concepts. Probably influenced Grant Morrison.
Charles
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fantasy, kindle
As is often the case with short story collections, some were very good, some were good, and some were so/so. As is often the case with a Harlan Ellison collection, half the fun is in his commentaries about the stories.
Jesse Lynn
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some great stories in this book. The one which really stood out for me is: "The Song The Zombie Sang." "Brillo" was also a great read. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes speculative fiction, and especially to anyone who--like me--reads Harlan Ellison obsessively.
Noah Rozov
I've got my eyes on Harlan Ellison's and Theodore Sturgeon's "Runesmith" of 1970 and I've got to say that it was.. ok.
Erik Graff
Oct 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sf fans, ellison fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Decent collection of science fiction stories written by Harlan Ellison in collaboration with fourteen prominent colleagues.
Don Massi
It's Harlan Ellison, no matter who he teams with, he tells terrific stories.
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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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