Harlan Ellison


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Harlan Jay Ellison is an American writer. His principal genre is speculative fiction.

His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television and print media. He was editor and anthologist for two science fiction anthologies, “Dangerous Visions” and “Again, Dangerous Visions.” Ellison has won numerous awards including multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.

Ellison moved to California in 1962, and subsequently began to sell his writing to Hollywood. He wrote the screenplay for “The Oscar,” starring Stephen Boyd and Elke Sommer. Ellison also sold scripts to many television shows: “The Flying Nun,” “Burke’s Law,” “Route 66,” “The Outer Limits,” “Star Trek,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Cimarron Strip” and “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.” Ellison’s screenplay for the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” has been considered the best of the 79 episodes in the series. During the late 1960s, Ellison wrote a column about television for the Los Angeles Free Press. Titled “The Glass Teat,” the column addressed political and social issues and their portrayal on television at the time. The columns were gathered into two collections, “The Glass Teat” and “The Other Glass Teat.”

He participated in the 1965 Bloody Sunday March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ellison was hired as a writer for Walt Disney Studios but was fired on his first day after Roy O. Disney overheard him in the studio commissary joking about making a pornographic animated film featuring Disney characters. Ellison recounted this incident in his book “Stalking the Nightmare,” as part 3 of an essay titled “The 3 Most Important Things in Life.”

Ellison continued to publish short fiction and nonfiction pieces in various publications, including some of his best known stories. “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” is a celebration of civil disobedience against repressive authority. “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” is an allegory of Hell, where five humans are tormented by an all-knowing computer throughout eternity; the story was the basis of a 1995 computer game; Ellison participated in the game’s design and provided the voice of the god-computer AM. Another story, “A Boy and His Dog,” examines the nature of friendship and love in a violent, post-apocalyptic world and was made into the 1975 film of the same name, starring Don Johnson.

Ellison served as creative consultant to the science fiction TV series The Twilight Zone (1980s version) and Babylon 5. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), he has voiceover credits for shows including The Pirates of Dark Water, Mother Goose and Grimm, Space Cases, Phantom 2040, and Babylon 5, as well as made an onscreen appearance in the Babylon 5 episode “The Face of the Enemy”.[citation needed]

For two years, beginning in 1986, Ellison took over as host of the Friday-night radio program, “Hour 25,” on Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM, Los Angeles, after the death of Mike Hodel, the show’s founder and original host. Ellison had been a frequent and favorite guest on the long-running program. In one episode, he brought in his typewriter and proceeded to write a new short story live on the air (he titled the story “Hitler Painted Roses”). “Hour 25” also served as the inspiration for his story, “The Hour That Stretches.”

Ellison’s 1992 short story “The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore” was selected for inclusion in the 1993 edition of The Best American Short Stories.

In the 1990s, Ellison provided commentary segments for the early Sci-Fi Channel program Sci-Fi Buzz.

Ellison has narrated numerous audiobooks, written by him and by such other authors as Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Williamson and Terry Pratchett.

He had his own name trademarked in 2005, registered by The Kilimanjaro Corporation, which Ellison owns, and under which all his work is copyrighted.

Ellison voiced himself as a character on the show Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, in the H. P. Lovecraft-inspired episode “The Shrieking Madness.” He later reprised the role in the series finale, “Come Undone,” which aired in April 2013.

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