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The Book of Ellison by Harlan Ellison

The Book of Ellison

by Harlan Ellison

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Essays about Harlan Ellison's writings. It contains a short Bio of Harlan Ellison. I found it a good fact checker, for Ellison is not totally reliable about some points in his career. It is useful for perspective. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jun 21, 2014 |
This book (from what I can tell) was published when Ellison was the 1978 Worldcon Pro Guest of Honor. As such, it is an interesting collection of remembrances by other authors, and Ellison writing about things. Many of the other author’s pieces are new, but the Ellison pieces are reprints. Nonetheless, you may have trouble finding them anywhere else. The only one I recognized was “The Whore With a Heart of Iron Pyrite; or, Where Does a Writer Go To Find a Maggie?” – the story of how “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes” came about; one that is always worth re-reading. And the other authors’ works provide some good insight into Ellison. For the first time, I learned who it was that falsely turned Ellison in on drug charges; the episode that led to his visit to the tombs in New York. David Gerrolds “essay” (“7,000 More Words About Harlan Ellison”) about loving and hating Harlan also stands out. He has included a piece he put together when he was in hate mode, and it does as much about explaining relationships with Ellison as anything else I’ve seen.

I am sure there was some controversy around this book. There are a couple of Ellison essays which rip into established science fiction and names names. And I have seen a couple of references indicating that Ellison himself may not have been happy about the book. (Probably, if nothing else, because the drawing on the front shows him smoking a cigarette.) Nonetheless, for someone with an interest in Ellison, it is a nice cross-section and, to my mind, a nice tribute. ( )
  figre | Jul 3, 2007 |
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The Book of Ellison is a salute to one of science fiction's greatest writers by those who know him best - his fellow writers. Published in celebration of his Guest of Honorship at the 1978 World Science Fiction Convention, this book not only captures the feelings of those who know him and his writings-Robert Silverberg, Lee Hoffman, David Gerrold, Isaac Asimov, Ted White and Joseph Patrouch Jr.-but captures the love for science fiction that Harlan has expressed through his nonfiction writings about the field. Through Harlan Ellison's own writings in The Book of Ellision, ranging from "A Time for Dying," published in the Special Harlan Ellison issue of Algol in 1967 to his "The Whore with a Heart of Iron Pyrites; or Where Does a Writer Go to Find a Maggie?" you'll come to understand Harlan's deep and continuous love affair with science fiction.

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