Harlan Ellison: 1934-2018
“For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I mattered.”
A legend has passed. Harlan Ellison, Grandmaster of the Science Fiction Writers of America and member of the SF Hall of Fame, died in his sleep overnight. He was 84 years old. His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, and a wide range of journalism and criticism covering literature, film, television, print, and the life and times we live in.
In the next few days, you will hear many stories about Harlan. Listen carefully. Many of them are true. A proper retrospective is coming from us. We’re big fans of his work, and have interviewed Harlan in the past.
For me, he was one of two people to whom I dedicated my first published story: “To Harlan, who taught me that anyone who can write, should write.”
To get a sense of the man, here’s the trailer to the documentary Dreams With Sharp Teeth:
To get a sense of his writing, read his writing, dammit.
Our condolences to his wife, Susan, and his many friends and fans.