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The Essential Ellison: A 50 Year Retrospective Paperback – 28 Oct 2005
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About the Author
Master fantasist, Harlan Ellison has written and edited nearly eighty books and has garnered countless awards. He has won everything from Hugos, Nebulas, Silver Pens, and is the only writer to have won the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Teleplay four times. He is considered by many to be the finest contemporary short story and essay writer.
Top Customer Reviews
Sadly, sifting this morass of Ellison for nuggets rapidly became a chore for me rather than a pleasure, and I would only recommend this volume to people who just can't get enough Ellison rather than those who want an essential collection of his fiction.
If you've ever read his book concerning his 'City on the Edge of Forever' script for STAR TREK, you will know that the essay that starts the book is one of the most amusing things he has done, and yet it's Ellison at his angriest and most irrascible too. It's NOT just his stories that are worth reading (in fact, often they're the least captivating of his output).
If you want a varied introduction (and I don't actually speak as a particular admirer of the man) this isnt a bad place to start.
Make sure you keep a big space on your bookshelf though.
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The "essence" is there but many of my favorite stories, regrettably, are not.
But since so most of his work is out of print and he exercises such tight control over distribution, I'm very happy to have this collection.
Absolutely worth it. Can't wait for 60 year edition!
There really is no way to put an exacting finger on what Ellison writes. It is certainly not your run-of-the-mill sci-fi, not cheap-shock horror, and not suspense dreck. It's thoughtful, highly engaging, sometimes allegorical, and always thought-provoking stuff that you just don't find in modern writers anymore. Almost like a prickly cross between George Orwell and Lewis Carroll. He is most certainly still ahead of his time, and will most likely require decades after his passing for the world to truly catch up to him and realize what a treasure he is.
So start here if you're curious about Ellisonia, then after your appetite is whetted and your curiosity piqued, track down the stuff in its original form so you can experience all of the good stuff, not merely highlights from a superb & lengthy career.
This is vital American literature.
I would recommend this anthology to anyone: from a long-term and devoted fan, to someone who's only recently discovered the wonderful diversity of his work.