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The Essential Ellison: A 35-Year Retrospective Paperback – 5 Aug 1993


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  • Paperback: 1018 pages
  • Publisher: Morpheus International,U.S.; New edition edition (5 Aug 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962344745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962344749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,740,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An illustrated retrospective of the work of the acclaimed writer includes short stories, essays, personal reminiscences, and more.

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By A Customer on 7 May 1997
Format: Paperback
Harlan Ellison is arguably one of, if not THE, best science fiction/fantasy authors in the world.
Even his detractors must agree that he is brilliant at story construction, and his characterization is beautiful; in short, he's damn good at what he does.

This book is only a small (yes, small--probably the only case in which 1,000 pages could be called that) example of his work, but it does an excellent job of showing that brilliance.
Tracing Ellison's developement from his earliest attempts at writing (age 15) to his latest and most powerfull works, including several articles and essays by the author, The Essential Ellison is an excellent guide to a stellar career.

It also has some nice stories in it. :)

How else can i say it? READ THIS BOOK!

Buy it, check it out, borrow it but READ it.

Thank you.
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By A Customer on 19 Jun 1996
Format: Paperback
The Los AngelesTimes labeled him "the 20th Century Lewis Carroll." The Washington Post considers him "one of the greatest living American short story writers." He's written over 40 books and in excess of 1100 short stories, essays, reviews, articles and newspaper columns. He's received more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author. He is Harlan Ellison, and he is one of a kind.

This massive (over 1000 pages) retrospective brings you the best of Harlan Ellison, encompassing fiction, essays, reviews and more. Providing the reader with "a portrait of one artist as sublime Rebel" (from the introduction), The Essential Ellison is a work of pure genius which will remain a cherished part of your collection for years to come.
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For those not familliar with Ellison, He's one of the most prolific writers of our time. He is difficult to place in a genre and will probably slap you in the head for referring to his work as science fiction. He terms it "Speculative Fiction."
I would be frightened to speculate what the world would be like if it was as Harlan describes it. But in many chilling ways, the world is like Harlan describes it. Though the environments of some of these stories may not be familiar, the ideas behind them are constant. The language and plots hold up amazingly well despite the fact many of these were written in the 1960's and '70's.
From the humble beginnings to the final stories, these are pure gold!
Dan Baxter
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By A Customer on 16 July 1996
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This book should be one of the cornerstones of a balanced science fiction library. While non-Ellison readers may be put off by Ellison's early juvenilia the book covers all the classics and provides a new perspective on one of America's most talented writers.
Well known tales, like "I have no mouth and I must scream" lie side by side with the intensely personal but totally involving "Valerie". Non-fiction and film scripts complete the picture, all complemented by supplemental text. Given the difficulty in reading the complete works of such a prolific writer the editors have done themselves proud. Pick it up and lose yourself for a day or two in the worlds of Ellison's wonderland.
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By A Customer on 18 May 1999
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I was introduced to Harlan Ellison by a high school English/Literature teacher almost 25 years ago and have thanked her in my mind many times. There is no author who has challenged me, entertained me, and frightened me as much and as often as Mr. Ellison. This collection should be owned by anyone who is interested in science fiction, imaginative fiction (Ellison's term), or contemporary literature. Ellison is to the modern short story what Vincent Van Gogh was to Impressionist visual art (disturbing, yet real). Buy this volume and help make this man the star he should have been years ago when he published "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" or "Deathbird".
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By A Customer on 26 Jan 1997
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From his first short story to his latest, Mr. Ellison has been on a journey of perfecting the written word. Anytime anyone has asked me for a recommendation for a "novice's" Ellison book, I've steered them towards The Essential Ellison. Having been informed that Mr. Ellison would be appearing at the 1994 Chicago ComiCon, and having not read his work for a few years, I thought it best to obtain this book (to bring myself somewhat up-to-date!); Harlan's book helped me through a bad bout of the flu....it's a fantastic read! Highly recommended by Elizabeth A. Kowols.
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By A Customer on 27 Mar 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best collections of a single authors work in all of SF. Ellison is one of the best writers of science fiction writing today. (I know he does not like the term science fiction. I'm writing this review though, and I like it.)
Ellison has written over 1700 stories, essays, other works in his career. He has thoughts of all kinds on lots of differing topics. And there is one thing to say, he is never boring. You might disagree with Harlan Ellison, but you will be entertained and you will think after reading his thoughts.
This is a great book and I would highly recommend it to one and all.
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By A Customer on 8 April 1999
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any time i want to right something with passion or something that will disturb other people i turn to harlan ellison. his work is some of the best i have ever read and at the same time it is also the most aggrevating. this collection contains a perfect example of how his wit and egoism combine to make him the perfect write you love to hate. i read parts of this book at least once every few months and it never bores me. everyone should check out his revenge "driving in the spikes."
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