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Iconic and Controversial Cleveland Sci-Fi Author Harlan Ellison Has Died at 84


Harlan Ellison is considered perhaps one of the most fascinating authors of science-fiction and fantasy both in work, and as an individual. The Cleveland-born writer penned a wildly impressive career spanning over six decades and accumulated a variety of awards for his work.

As a teenager, he rode the rails with hobos, joined Martin Luther King Jr. in the Selma March, had his live saved by Steve McQueen and took martial arts lessons from Bruce Lee.

He’s seriously the coolest Clevelander you’ve never heard of.

A snapshot of his life’s work included five Nebula awards, eight and a half Hugo awards, two World Fantasy awards, 18 Locus awards, four Writers Guild of America honors, two Edgar Allan Poe awards, two George Melies Fantasy Film awards and an impressive six Bram Stoker awards.

His works include ‘Repent Harlequin’, Said the Ticktockman, I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, A Boy and His Dog, (what is largely considered to be the peak of depressing sci-fi stories), and the script for the highly controversial Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever.”

Ellison, in typical Cleveland fashion, also was a man that didn’t take shit from anyone, ever.…

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