Harlan Ellison, science fiction writer – obituary

Harlan Ellison, science fiction writer – obituary
07 Aug

Harlan Ellison, who has died aged 84, was one of the most influential of science fiction writers and astonishingly prolific even by the standards of that genre; to some, however, nothing he wrote was quite as arresting as his own curmudgeonly, pugnacious personality.

One of his best-known works was the novella A Boy and His Dog (1969), the story of a feral teenager, aided by a highly intelligent telepathic dog, who spends his time scavenging and raping women in the wasted remains of a USA almost wiped out by World War IV. Made into a darkly funny film starring Don Johnson in 1975, its uncompromising subject matter and sulphurous humour were typical of Ellison’s work.

It was rare among Ellison’s…



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