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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 April 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004VMLJF8
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The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream Audio Download – Unabridged
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Buy as many of his books as you can afford and then buy just one more. You might be dismayed, disturbed and perhaps disgusted but you will never, ever be bored.
Ellison is one of the few authors whose writing always manages to illicit huge swings of emotion in me. The first time I read the short story "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream" I felt so worn out and almost on the verge of a panic attack, choking back a throat full of bile at the gradual painting of a situation that Ellison had managed to stuff, kicking and screaming, into my mind that I couldn't fall asleep for several hours.
Bedtime reading? Certainly not for me anymore. His writing, in my opinion, is second to none in this style. I must declare that I tend not to read an awful lot of fictional books but somehow Ellison has always managed to grab my attention and never let go unlike most other authors.
If you like it, you'll love it but I'm sure it won't be to the taste of everyone.
I normally skip introductions as it's usually involves someone else (not the author) assigning their own interpretations of what the story represents. All the introductions, except for the introduction to the book, were written by Ellison himself and contain anecdotes which are at least as interesting as the stories themselves. A particularly good one involves Ellison having to respond to an academics account of what "I have no mouth.." is about. He doesn't hold back and points out everything the academic explained about the subtext of the story was wrong and it was really a very simple story.
I was never bored while reading this book and that doesn't happen very often.
This is probably his best, and most famous, collection of short stories and dates from 1967. The title story is magnificent, and is allegedly one of the 10 most reprinted stories in the English language. Ellison apparently wrote it at a single sitting and then only had to make minor editorial changes before presenting it for publication. In it, 4 men and 1 woman are all that are left of the human race, along with an omniscient and omnipotent supercomputer. Without giving anything of the plot away, the title of the story becomes its final line.
Ellison can be difficult to read. At his worst he can be hectoring, self-pitying, confrontational and vengeful. He has said, for example, that he gives the names of people who bullied him at school to characters who die particularly unpleasant deaths in his stories. At his best, however, he is imaginative, inspiring and extremely thought-provoking, having also written some of the finest episodes of Star Trek - The Original Series - Series 1 - Complete - Remastered [DVD] (The City on the Edge of Forever) and The Outer Limits - The Original Series - Vol. 1 [DVD] (Soldier; Demon with a Glass Hand). This collection mostly represents the latter aspect of this talented SF writer.
Not only does this book summon up most of your primal fears but also lets the reader deter his/her own outcome of the book.
Harlan Ellison is truly a great author and when I finally got my hands on this book I read it from start to finish.
If I could describe this book in few words. "A true masterpiece of scientific proportion that leaves the reader thirsty for more."
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I have not read Harlan Ellison for many years and this is a re-read,brilliantPublished 16 months ago by M.J.Sumner
A long way before its time, a great collection of stories. Pretty much each one is good in its own way.Published 18 months ago by A. Marlow
excellent condition and no problems with the delivery.very pleased.Published 19 months ago by dilbert
Disturbing, creepy and will induce a paranoia in you for technology that may ruin your existence in the 21st century.Published 22 months ago by Lee Hazell
The first story is good, but the rest aren't as compelling and don't quite match the creativity of the first.Published on 17 Aug. 2014 by Aphidicus
Absolutely gives me the heebie-jeebie's but I love it. So bleak.Published on 5 Aug. 2014 by Mr. Iain Douglas Farquhar
Didn't particularly enjoy the stories too much. Not my type of thing. I like scifi that is deeper and more concerned with the human condition.Published on 4 Mar. 2014 by Radoslav Daskalov