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Harlan Ellison


(Harlan Jay Ellison)
USA flag (1934 - 2018)

aka Paul Merchant

As well as acting as sf advisor on important sf series like Babylon 5, and writing memorable episodes of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, Harlan Ellison had a distinguished career in science fiction and fantasy both as editor and as short story writer. His two anthologies Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions--a projected third has never appeared--were crucial to the American New Wave by providing a market in which it was possible to say things about sex and politics, and in ways that varied from stylised fabulism to the radically deranged, that could not be said in the SF magazines of the 1960s. His own idiosyncratic short stories were true to the same aesthetic values as his editing--absolute emotional honesty conveyed by any means necessary. Some of them deal with stock sf themes like the mad computer that tortures throughout eternity the last survivors of humanity--'I have no mouth and I must scream'--or dystopia--'Repent, Harlequin, said the Ticktock Man'; other dramatize philosophical themes like the Death of God--'Deathbird'; while others engage semi-confessionally with the dilemmas of the contemporary male writer--'All the Lies that are My Life.'
 

Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery
 
New and upcoming books
March 2024

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Greatest Hits
 
Novels
   Web of the City (1958)
     aka Rumble
   The Man with Nine Lives (1959)
     aka The Sound of a Scythe
   A Touch of Infinity (1959)
   Spider Kiss (1961)
     aka Rockabilly
   Doomsman (1967)
     aka The Assassin
   Phoenix without Ashes (1975) (with Edward Bryant)
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Collections
   The Deadly Streets (1958)
   Sex Gang (1959) (as by Paul Merchant)
   Children of the Streets (1961)
     aka The Juvies
   Gentleman Junkie (1961)
   Ellison Wonderland (1962)
     aka Earthman, Go Home!
   Paingod and Other Delusions (1965)
   From the Land of Fear (1967)
   I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (1967)
   Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled (1968)
   The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World (1969)
   Over the Edge (1970)
   The Time of the Eye (1971)
   Alone Against Tomorrow (1972)
   All the Sounds of Fear (1973)
   Approaching Oblivion (1974)
   The Voice From the Edge (1975)
   Deathbird Stories (1975)
   No Doors, No Windows (1975)
   Edgeworks (1976)
   The Illustrated Harlan Ellison (1977)
   Strange Wine (1978)
   The Fantasies of Harlan Ellison (1979)
   Edgeworks 2 (1980)
   Shatterday (1980)
   Stalking the Nightmare (1982)
   The Essential Ellison: A 35 Year Retrospective (1985)
   Mefisto in Onyx (1987)
   Night and the Enemy (1987)
   Footsteps (1988)
   Slippage (1988)
   Angry Candy (1988)
   Dreams with Sharp Teeth (1989)
   Mind Fields (1989)
   Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor (1996)
   Edgeworks 3 (1997)
   Edgeworks 4 (1997)
   The Essential Ellison: A 50 Year Retrospective (2000)
   Troublemakers (2001)
   The Phantom Chronicles Volume 2 (2010) (with Robin Wayne Bailey and Ed Gorman)
   Resistance Front Volume 1 (2012) (with others)
   Getting In The Wind (2012)
   Brain Movies (2013)
   Honorable Whoredom at a Penny a Word (2013)
   Rough Beasts (2013)
   The Sound of a Scythe and 3 Brilliant Novellas (2013)
   8 in 80 by Ellison (2014)
   Again, Honorable Whoredom at a Penny a Word (2014)
   The Top of the Volcano (2014)
   Can & Can'tankerous (2015)
   Dimensions of Harlan Ellison (2019)
   The Ellison Treatment (2019)
   The Ephemeral Ellison (2019)
   Greatest Hits (2024)
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Plays
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Graphic Novels
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Short Stories
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Anthologies edited
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Non fiction
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Omnibus editions
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Harlan Ellison recommends
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Lost Among the Stars (2017)
Paul Di Filippo
"Di Filippo is like gourmet potato chips to me. I can never eat just one of his stories."
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The Man on the Ceiling (2008)
Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem
"I have only two words for the Tem's Man on the Ceiling: Exquisitely Compelling."
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Spaceman Blues (2007)
Brian Francis Slattery
"What a breathless, mad, tornado of words! When it shakes itself awake the earth trembles and the helpless reader is dragged gladly into its light. I haven't had this much fun with a book in years."

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Anthologies containing stories by Harlan Ellison
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Sense of Wonder (2023)
A Century of Science Fiction
edited by
Leigh Ronald Grossman
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Love, Death and Robots: Volumes 2 & 3 (2022)
(Love, Death and Robots, book 2)
edited by
Geoff Brown and Amanda J Spedding
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The Best of Dark Terrors (2021)
(Dark Terrors)
edited by
Stephen Jones and David A Sutton

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