Harlan Ellison

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Harlan Ellison

Born

5/27/1934, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Birth Name

Harlan Jay Ellison

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Cordwainer Bird, Harlan Jay Ellison, Harlan J. Ellison, Harlan Jay Ellison
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  • Trivia

    • In 1995, Harlan Ellison was awarded a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.

    • Harlan's anthology, The Essential Ellison won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection in 1987.

    • His story Mefisto In Onyx tied in the category Best Novella for the Bram Stoker Award in 1993.

    • Harlan's story, Chatting With Anubis won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Story in 1995.

    • His story, The Deathbird won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 1974.

    • His short story I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream won the Hugo Award in 1968 for Best Short Story.

    • His short story "Repent Harlequin!" Said The Ticktockman won both the Nebula (1965) and Hugo (1966) Awards for Best Short Story.

    • His short story Jeffty Is Five won the Nebula Award in 1977 and the Hugo Award in 1978 for "Best Short Story", and was also voted "The Best Short Story of All Time" in a 1999 Locus On-Line poll.

    • Harlan was the Guest of Honor at the 1978 WorldCon in Phoenix, Arizona. As a supporter of equal rights, he refused to spend any money in a State that hadn't ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, and slept in an R-V rather than the hotel.

    • A firm believer in equal rights, Harlan Ellison participated in the Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

    • Harlan Ellison will receive the Grand Master title awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at the annual convention held in the Spring of 2006.

    • In 2000, Harlan Ellison was awarded the Writers Guild of Canada award for the episode The Human Operators in the series The Outer Limits. He shared the award with A. E. Vogt and Naren Shankar.

    • In 1976, Harlan Ellison won the Golden Scroll awarded by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films (USA) in the category of "Best Writing" for his career work.

    • In 1976, Harlan Ellison was nominated for a Nebula Award by the Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers of America in the category of "Best Dramatic Writing" for A Boy And His Dog.

    • In 1987, Harlan Ellison won the Writers Guild of America Award (TV) in the category of " Anthology Episode/Single Program" for Paladin of the Lost Hour in The Twilight Zone (1985).

    • In 1974, Harlan Ellison won the Writers Guild of America Award (TV) in the category of "Best Written Dramatic Episode" for Phoenix Without Ashes in The Starlost.

    • In 1968, Harlan Ellison won the Writers Guild of America Award (TV) in the category of "Best Written Dramatic Episode" for City On The Edge Of Forever in Star Trek.

    • In 1966, Harlan Ellison won the Writers Guild of America Award (TV) in the category of "TV Anthology, Any Length" for the episode Demon With A Glass Hand of The Outer Limits.

    • In 1998, Harlan Ellison was awarded the "Defender of Liberty" award by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF).

    • In 1999, Harlan won an AUDIE Award, given by the Audio Publishers Association, honoring the best in audio recordings, in the category of "Multi-Voiced Presentation" for his part in the reading of The Titanic Disaster Hearings: The Official Transcript of the 1912 Senatorial Investigation by Tom Kuntz.

    • In 1999, Harlan won an AUDIE Award, given by the Audio Publishers Association, honoring the best in audio recordings, in the category of "Solo Narration" for his reading of Ben Bova's City of Darkness.

    • Harlan was presented with the "Distinguished Skeptic Award" at the Skeptics Convention in Burbank, California, in June 2002. The award recognized his contributions to critical thinking and the defence of science, and is sponsored by Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP).

  • Quotes

    • Harlan Ellison: Art is not supposed to be easier! There are a lot of things in life that are supposed to be easier. Ridding the world of heart attacks, making the roads smoother, making old people more comfortable in the winter, but not Art. Art should always be tough. Art should demand something of you. Art should involve foot-pounds of energy being expended. It's not supposed to be easier, and those who want it easier should not be artists. They should be out selling public relations copy.

    • Harlan Ellison: I try to know what it is I'm talking about. I am not like many people who give you an opinion based on some sort of idiot hearsay or some kind of gut feeling you cannot validate. When I give an opinion, I do my best to make sure it is based on information.

    • Harlan Ellison: The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

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