The world mourns the death of one of the brightest minds of a generation as news of Harlan Ellison’s death circulates.
Harlan Ellison, acclaimed science fiction writer who has inspired generations of writers across genres, passed away today, per a tweet from a close family friend.
The writer, born in Ohio in 1934, had an extremely prolific career, to include television, film, novels, and anthologies, culminating in over 1,700 written works. Notable among these is the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever,” widely regarded as one of the greatest single episodes in the history of the storied franchise. Among other television credits are: The Flying Nun, Route 66, The Outer Limits, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
Known widely for his work in the genre of speculative fiction, his 1969 post-apocalyptic novella, A Boy and his Dog, was later turned into a cult-classic film (1975) and was serialized into graphic format by St. Martin’s Press in 1988, illustrated by Richard Corben. Despite limited comics work, his influence on the comics industry is evident in the outpouring of creator grief.
Long a controversial figure for his grumpish behavior, Ellison was the recipient of countless awards, including multiple Nebulas, Hugos, and Bram Stoker Awards, among many, many others. His presence in the community will be sorely missed by the many lives he touched in his long and Legendary career. Rest in Power, Harlan Ellison.
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