(First appeared in my Goodreads Blog on September 26, 2012)
If you’ve seen the movie/documentary of Harlan Ellison you know this is the subtitle. The title is his name.
It’s very informative of the man and his life and lifestyle, but, for me, it was his reading of his work that meant the most.
While most serious sci-fi readers know the name, and his many works, it is believed (and I agree) if he stepped from that genre his works would be among the greats of the century. He is actually considered by many as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest writers of our time.
His apparent off-the-cuff spilling of words to paint a picture of a different kind is wondrous to hear from his own lips. He even does the voices. You have to listen carefully because he goes fast, and from memory. What a mind!
He wrote my favorite, and one of the top ten best, all time sci-fi stories — The City on the Edge of Forever, one of the old Star Trek series. His telling of how it was written and meant to be and how it was done is enlightening, and funny.
He has many works as books, movies and TV series, mostly sci-fi, but in his heyday, the 60s (my time also) he did a little revolutionary writing and his attitude, as most of that era, has not changed much.
His language can be harsh, if not a little exacterated at times, but his expression of his beliefs true. And some of what he says so mirrors me I am proof of the depth of the times, though I’m not aware of any influence by him. I enjoyed his stories, but at that time I don’t remember being aware of the man.
And you’ll love his house and his friends with him making this revealing expose, Robin Williams being one-funny oozes from his pores.
If you see it, as I believe writers should see everything they can about other writers, you will become informed of many things you weren’t aware before you didn’t know.
I give it an A+.
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