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The Essential Ellison: A 35-Year Retrospective [Paperback]

Harlan Ellison , Terry Dowling
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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: 1,493,460 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius! 19 Aug 2004
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Arguably the best short story writer of our time. There aren't enough superlatives to describe his work - the man is simply a genius. This is the definite collection - read it and be amazed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why are you reading this? Buy it! 17 Jun 1999
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One of the, if not, the best collection of shorts I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's none better 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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4.0 out of 5 stars a dose of rage 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 27 Mar 1999
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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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Harlan Ellison is a commanding force of the short story, and the Essential Ellison is the book to read. There are so many stories in here, that even if you dislike one you can simply skip and find one you do. Also, there are some very amusing personal happenings which Ellison reports, and the book is worth reading just for those tidbits. Overall, there is probably a story in this collection for whatever mood you find yourself in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction To Ellison 1 Mar 1998
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A book that defies categorization (as does most of Ellison's work). "Essential" is the best way for a new Ellison reader to sample stories covering many of his constant themes of the human condition. Old Ellison fans will revel in the the scope of material included, including a healthy dose of his "early" work. Stories, essays, and screenplays are included (spanning over 30 years). A MUST READ!!!
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A bit bored with the latest D&D formula fiction rehash? Ellison is primal imagination. You want to be a writer that will be remembered? This is the man you must compete with!
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