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Buck (spectru) | 899 comments Harlan Ellison died today at age 84

https://www.cbr.com/harlan-ellison-di...


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 4280 comments Mod
He could be a brilliant writer. I've read some of the stories he cranked out on a typewriter in a book store window after getting an opening line from a passerby. Amazing! His Outer Limits episodes were among the best & the "Dangerous Visions" books were fantastic. "A Boy & His Dog" was great both in writing & as a classic SF flick.

Still, he seemed to be a really angry man. His lawsuits are legendary & his narration ranges from whispers to shouts which overwhelm the equalizers. I have to keep my finger on the volume button for him.

The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay was interesting because it traces the various versions of the script from Ellison's original through all the rewrites.
Ellison hated it, yet I agreed with most of the changes. He continually put it down, yet sued for an outrageous percentage of the merchandising profits. I listened to the recent Skyboat Media publication which had a lot of the people reading their own words including Ellison. His 2 hour rant was the only part I couldn't get through. I gave it a 3 star review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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Ed Erwin | 2102 comments Mod
Lots of kids think about running away and joining the circus. He actually did!


Ellison hated to be labeled a science fiction writer. (“I don’t write about bug-eyed ants or Godzilla!” he once said.) Instead, he preferred terms such as “imaginative fiction” and “contemporary fantasies.”


From the LA Times obit:
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituari...

John Scalzi's remembrance is also interesting:
http://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc...


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 4280 comments Mod
Thanks for posting those, Ed.


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Buck (spectru) | 899 comments Here's a little thing on Barnes & Noble's blog about Harlan Ellison and ten of his stories. They have them for sale, of course. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/s...


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