Harlan Ellison, writer, agnostic, and "possibly the most contentious person on Earth". Love him or hate him, it's hard to ignore him.

"If they're spouting evil, and if they're turning bother against sister and man against man and woman against man. I think they deserve to be-- well, I'm a mild person actually-- I think we should probably just hang 'em up on the top half of a dutch door and beat 'em across the belly with an aluminium ball bat 'til their piss runs red." -Harlan Ellison

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I've been a fan since reading the first Sci Fi story authored by the great man.

"...till their piss runs red."

Classic Harlan.

Never heard of the man 'til now. Someone who doesn't mince words. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to read one of his works in the future.

There's a fair chance you have already seen Ellison's work. He wrote the classic Star Trek episode 'City on the Edge of Forever', which won the Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation" at the 1968 World Science Fiction Convention and is widely considered as the best Star Trek episode of all time. If you're into that stuff.

If you'd like an introduction to his writing, I recommend you start with the short story 'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream', which is another science fiction classic (about the nature of hell).

A favorite short story of mine is "A Boy and His Dog".

“I don't mind you thinking I'm stupid, but don't talk to me like I'm stupid”
Harlan Ellison

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
Harlan Ellison

“If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.”
Harlan Ellison

“The world is turning into a cesspool of imbeciles.”
Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison is an example of a true wordsmith and a damn fine one at that.

Harlan Ellison is an example of a true wordsmith and a damn fine one at that.

Even the stories about his real life read like something out of a fiction novel.

Q: DID HARLAN REALLY MAIL A DEAD GOPHER TO AN EDITOR?

Nope. It was the comptroller of a certain publishing house that bound a cigarette ad into one of Harlan's paperbacks, breaking a stipulation in Harlan's contract. Although better related in Harlan's essay "Driving in the Spikes", suffice to say that after trying nicely to get the book rights reverted back to him, as per his contract, and getting blown off, Harlan mailed 213 bricks postage due to the man (this was back when the US Postal Service would mail anything postage-free, making the recipient pay up), had a Luthuanian hit man friend of his have a talk with him, and then mailed the dead gopher, along with Ted Cogswell's recipe for braised gopher stew, fourth class mail, where it stank up the mailing room for quite a while.

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