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Medea: Harlan's World (1985)

by Harlan Ellison

Other authors: Poul Anderson (Contributor), Hal Clement (Contributor), Thomas M. Disch (Contributor), Diane Duane (Cartographer), Kelly Freas (Illustrator)7 more, Frank Herbert (Contributor), Larry Niven (Contributor), Frederick Pohl (Contributor), Robert Silverberg (Contributor), Theodore Sturgeon (Contributor), Kate Wilhelm (Contributor), Jack Williamson (Contributor)

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This may be unique. It certainly was when it was done, and I don't think I've seen anything like it since. It all began in 1975, and proceeded on to fruition ten years later. It's a lot more complicated than that, and even Wikipedia just skims over it.

"Medea: Harlan's World is a collection of science fiction short stories by different authors, all taking place on the same fictional moon. It was an experiment in collaborative science-fictional world-building, featuring contributions by Hal Clement, Frank Herbert, and others.

It was based on a 1975 UCLA seminar called "10 Tuesdays Down a Rabbit Hole", held by Harlan Ellison and other science fiction authors."

The stories in this book had already been published in the various science fiction magazines of the day, by the time the collection saw the light of day. Having all the preparatory information, and the conversations transcribed from the original seminars, just binds it all into a complete picture. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Dec 3, 2013 |
Amazing book on how to develop an SF planet from the cosmos up. Includes a panel discussion with Frank Herbert and Ray Bradbury and collected stories from among Ellison's writing students at the time. ( )
  stpnwlf | Jul 16, 2007 |
A collaboration of science fiction greats, this book is the result of a university class on creative writing given by everyones favorite a*hole Harlan Ellison. It's great not only for the Sci Fi Enthusiast but also as a look into how the greats do their thing. ( )
1 vote vanke | Nov 15, 2005 |
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Harlan Ellisonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, PoulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clement, HalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Disch, Thomas M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duane, DianeCartographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freas, KellyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Herbert, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Niven, LarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pohl, FrederickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sturgeon, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilhelm, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williamson, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Dedicated in loving memory of
LEIGH BRACKETT and EDMOND HAMILTON
Creators of endless worlds.

Had we known the pain of missing
them, we would have told them
how much we loved them more often.

From all of us.
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