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The Harlan Ellison hornbook.
Ellison, Harlan.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Penzler Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Penzler Books, 1990.
Physical Description:
xxviii, 417 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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PS3555.L62 H67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
PS3555.L62 H67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Harlan Ellison was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 27, 1934. He was the author of numerous short story collections including Strange Wine; The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World; Harlan Ellison's Watching; Deathbird Stories; Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman; I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream; and Stalking the Nightmare: Stories and Essays. He received numerous awards including the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer's Association, the Edgar Allen Poe Award, and the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2011.

He published two collections of his columns on television for the Los Angeles Free Press entitled The Glass Teat and The Other Glass Teat. He edited several anthologies including Dangerous Visions: 33 Original Stories and Medea: Harlan's World. He received the Milford Award for Lifetime Achievement in Editing.

He also wrote scripts for TV series including Burke's Law, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He served as creative consultant on the new version of The Twilight Zone in the 1980s and as conceptual consultant on Babylon 5. He won the Writer's Guild of America's Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay four times. He died on June 27, 2018 at the age of 84.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Redoubtable is one word that might describe Harlan Ellison, but even at that, it all depends on which Webster's definition you gravitate towards: "1: causing fear or alarm: FORMIDABLE"; or "2: inspiring or worthy of awe or reverence: ILLUSTRIOUS." This collection of Ellison essays, reviews, and articles--most of them originally published more than 15 years ago--proves either point. Whether he bathetically rails against Jesus ("a scrawny prophet") in "No Offense Intended But Fuck Christmas!" tells us of his trashy girlfriends, vindictively (almost childishly) opines on old Ohio State (as if it were their fault he was a lousy student), attacks TV's hold on the American psyche, or staunchly defends the plight of writers who get stiffed by sharpy publishers, Ellison is always provocative. (Sort of like Bart Simpson grown up.) Besides the older pieces--each preceded by a brief, updating "interim memo" that adds context--this collection features a handful of more recent work first published in Playboy and Los Angeles magazine and one previously unpublished. Best taken in small doses, this manic collection proves one thing for sure: the man can write. ~--Martin Brady

Publisher's Weekly Review

In his 45th book, Ellison, best known for science fiction and mystery, offers a collection of columns, most of which appeared in 1972 and 1973 in Los Angeles counterculture newspapers, principally the Free Press ; there are also a few essays from subsequent years. The earlier pieces often are mediocre: Ellison, viewing himself as a ``tough bastard,'' writes from an irritating macho pose, reaching for similes like ``I went down like a bantamweight in an auto chassis crusher.'' With an autodidact's arrogance, he presumes himself a pioneer in discovering that Christmas can be an obnoxious holiday, TV programs are awful, most college students are ignorant, etc. Except for two selections on a 1973 visit to San Quentin, the writing is undistinguished. Some illustrations not seen by PW. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved