On June 28, 2018, Harlan Ellison passed away.
I feel little sorry for whatever entity has to deal with him now 🙂
He was one of the first writers (I won’t call him an SF writer, he didn’t like it 🙂 ) I had ever read.
To give some of you younger people some context. He was the writer for the script for the classic Trek (think Kirk) ep called, “The City on the Edge of Forever”. Considered one of the best Trek ep’s ever made.
He worked on consultant on the 80’s revival of The Twilight Zone, and had stories submitted for and was involved in a a magazine of the same title back then also. He was also a consultant on the SF TV series Babylon 5.
He wrote a story a long time ago called “Soldier” that was the basis for the movie “The Terminator” (the “I’ll be back” one)
He’s written a ton of stuff. Most of his books don’t get reprinted because they are mainly short stories and short story collections tend not to get re-printed unless they are from a very popular writer (Stephen King being the only one I can think of offhand).
He’s won pretty much every major writing award.
The very first story of his I read was “Along the Scenic Route”. I also read “Doomsman” and I don’t remember liking that very well. It turns out that novels weren’t really his forte. Short stories and TV screenplays were.
He was on the leading edge of what they were calling back then “new wave SF”. He edited a book of SF short stories called “Dangerous Visions”. That anybody is a real SF fan has probably heard of AND has a copy of.
He is one of few writers whose books I will pick up unseen. I would add Richard Matheson, the big 3 (SF, look it up) to that list.
One of my favourite quotes is from Harlan Ellison himself:
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
So yeah, that elminates 95% of the people who post on Facebook. Hmm, I think I’ll also post this blog there.