ON THE ROAD WITH ELLISON V6
1. Magellan and I Take Tea at the Roxy
2. Neither Harry S. Truman nor
David 0. Selznik Had a Middle Name
3. The Finest Man Who Ever Lived,
4. Oh, Oh, Oblivion!
5. I Babysat Peter David's 9 Year Old
Daughter, Caroline Helen Helen
6. Serial Killers Are Doughnuts
7. Notes on My Flirtation with Higher
Education, or, Taken to the Shedd
8. The Charnel House, the Rotting
Swamp, and the Abattoir
9. What Decade Is This?
11. I AM NOT Now, Nor Have
I Ever Been Rabbi Rosenthal
12. Get Outta Town Now,
1. 2006 SFWA Grand Master Award:
Neil Gaiman Introduction
2. Harlan's Grand Master Acceptance Speech
3. In Memorium: Octavia E. Butler
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HARLAN ELLISON has been called one of the great living American short story writers by the Washington Post; and the Los Angeles Times said, Its long past time for Harlan Ellison to be awarded the title: 20th Century Lewis Carroll.
When Harlan Ellison speaks, nobody is safe. Those who have been exposed to the unfettered mind of Ellison cannot help but be impressed, outraged and thoroughly entertained. The On The Road With Ellison series of CDs are funny and thought provoking collections of moments, jokes and anecdotes that capture Harlan Ellison's antic nature, raw charisma and deep felt humanity. It's not Harlan reading his work; it's a top-off, cranial view of one of America's most outspoken wordsmiths. When Harlan Ellison is live on stage, anything goes.
In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has won more awards for the 75 books he has written or edited, the more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, the two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures he has created, than any other living fantasist. He has won the Hugo award 8 times, the Nebula award three times, the Bram Stoker award, presented by the Horror Writers Association, six times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, the Georges Méliès fantasy film award twice, two Audie Awards (for the best in audio recordings), and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by P.E.N., the international writers union (this prestigious accolade was presented for his columns in the L.A. Weekly, titled An Edge in My Voice, in defense of the First Amendment). After writing the columns for only 29 weeks, he beat out candidates from the L.A. Times, the N.Y. Times, and the Washington Post. He was presented with the first Living Legend award by the International Horror Critics at the 1995 World Horror Convention.
He is the only author in Hollywood ever to win the Writers Guild of America award for Most Outstanding teleplay (solo work) four times, most recently for Paladin of the Lost Hour his Twilight Zone episode that was Danny Kayes final role, in 1987. In March (1998), the National Womens Committee of Brandeis University honored him with their 1998 Words, Wit & Wisdom award.
He has drawn attention to the art of writing by performing the remarkable feat of actually creating and writing and completing stories in the windows of bookstores (in Paris, London, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans and elsewhere) in full view of large audiences; stories that have gone on to win major awards and literary prizes. To gain background for his first novel, dealing with juvenile delinquency, he went under an assumed name and ran with a kid gang in Brooklyns dangerous Red Hook section for ten weeks. He has covered and written about civil rights marches, riots, antiwar demonstrations and other scenes of civil unrest. His two books of TV essays, THE GLASS TEAT and THE OTHER GLASS TEAT, have sold millions of copies and are currently being taught in media classes in more than 200 American Universities.
Ellison has traveled with rock groups such as The Rolling Stones, and his novel of the scene, SPIDER KISS, is called by critic Greil Marcus the finest novel about the world of rock in the past quarter century.
In a 1980 landmark lawsuit he sued and beat ABC-TV and Paramount Pictures for $337,000 when they plagiarized a television series he had created. This was the famous Brillo/Future Cop case.
Among his most recognized works, translated into more than 40 languages and selling in the millions of copies, are DEATHBIRD STORIES, STRANGE WINE, APPROACHING OBLIVION, I HAVE NO MOUTH & I MUST SCREAM, WEB OF THE CITY, LOVE AINT NOTHING BUT SEX MISSPELLED, ELLISON WONDERLAND, MEMOS FROM PURGATORY, ALL THE LIES THAT ARE MY LIFE, SHATTERDAY, and STALKING THE NIGHTMARE; and as creative intelligence and editor of the all-time bestselling DANGEROUS VISIONS anthologies and MEDEA: HARLANS WORLD, he has been awarded two Special Hugos and the prestigious Milford Award for lifetime Achievement in Editing.
His latest publications include: THE ESSENTIAL ELLISON (Nemo Press, 1987; Morpheus International, 1991), an enormous 1,000+ page, thirty-five year retrospective of his work (this year, THE ESSENTIAL ELLISON has been expanded to reflect a fifty-year career in writing); ANGRY CANDY (Houghton Mifflin, 1988), winner of the 1989 World fantasy award for best Short Story Collection and listed in the ENCYCLOPEDIA AMERICANA ANNUAL as one of the major works of American Literature for 1988; HARLAN ELLISONS WATCHING (UnderwoodMiller, 1988) a compilation of 20 years of film criticism; THE HARLAN ELLISON HORNBOOK (Penzler Books & Mirage Press, 1990); HARLAN ELLISONS MOVIE (Mirage Press, 1990); DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH (Book-of-the-Month Club, 1991); MEFISTO IN ONYX (Mark V. Ziesing, 1993); MIND FIELDS (Morpheus, 1994) with Polish artist Jacek Yerka; I, ROBOT: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY (based on Isaac Asimovs story-cycle; Warner Books, 1994); THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER screenplay (Borderlands Press, 1995 and White Wolf, 1996); SLIPPAGE (Mark V. Ziesing, Houghton Mifflin, 1997); and the coffee table edition of REPENT, HARLEQUIN! SAID THE TICKTOCKMAN (Underwood Books, 1997) with paintings, rendered by Rick Berry.
Mr. Ellison worked as a consultant and host for the radio series 2000X, a series of 26 one-hour dramatized radio adaptations of famous SF stories for The Hollywood Theater of the Ear. The series was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) in 2000 & 2001. Ellisons classic story Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman was included as part of this significant series, starring Robin Williams, with the author in the role of Narrator. Harlan Ellison was awarded the Ray Bradbury Award For Drama Series: For Program Host & Creative Consultant: NPR Presentation of 2000X.
He created great fantasies for The Twilight Zone (including Danny Kayes final performance) and The Outer Limits; traveled with The Rolling Stones; marched with Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery; once stood off the son of a Mafia kingpin with a Remington XP-100, while wearing nothing but a bath towel; sued Paramount and ABC-TV for plagiarism and won $337,000and probably is the most contentious person now walking the Earth. But the bottom line, as voiced by Booklist last year, is this: One thing for sure: the man can write.
In January 2001, Mr. Ellison signed to develop his award-winning Outer Limits script, DEMON WITH A GLASS HAND, for Miramaxs Dimension Films as a theatrical feature. He is working with director David Twohy whose previous credits include: THE ARRIVAL, PITCH BLACK, G.I. JANE, and THE FUGITIVE. Other Ellison works currently in the pipeline for film and TV include: Along the Scenic Route, optioned by Paramount Pictures.
On 22 June 2002, at the 4th World Skeptics Convention, Harlan Ellison was presented with the Distinguished Skeptic Award by The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims if the Paranormal (CSICOP) "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the defense of science and critical thinking."
To celebrate the golden anniversary of Harlan Ellisons half a century of storytelling, Morpheus International, publishers of THE ESSENTIAL ELLISON: A 35-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE, commissioned the books primary editor, award-winning Australian writer and critic Terry Dowling, to expand Ellisons three-and-a-half decade collection into a 50-year retrospective. Mr. Dowling went through fifteen years of new stories and essays to pick what he thought were the most representative to be included in this 1000+ page collection. Along with THE ESSENTIAL ELLISON: A 50-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE (Morpheus International), Mr. Ellisons first Young Adult collection, TROUBLEMAKERS: STORIES BY HARLAN ELLISON, is currently available in bookstores.
In April 2007, a special world premiere screening was held of DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH. For more than twenty-five years, documentarian Erik Nelson (Grizzly Man) has been interviewing Ellison and his friends to produce a feature-length look at the life and work of Harlan Ellison: DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH.
And as Tom Snyder said on the CBS Late, Late Show: An amazing talent; meeting him is an incredible experience.
He lives with his wife, Susan, inside the Lost Aztec Temple of Mars, in Los Angeles.
For more on Harlan Ellison, visit Ellison Webderland