Obituary: Harlan Ellison

Author Harlan Ellison (b.1934) died on June 28. Ellison began his professional career in 1956 with the publication of the short story “Glowworm” in Infinity Science Fiction. Mostly known for his short stories like are “’Repent, Harlequin,!’ Said the Ticktockman,” “Jeffty is Five,” “A Boy and His Dog,” and” “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” Ellison also wrote for television and film, writing the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever,” among other works. He is noted for editing the anthologies Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions. Ellison contracted stories for a third volume, The Last Dangerous Visions, which has failed to appear to date, although some of the stories have been printed elsewhere. Ellison has won four Nebula Awards and was named a SFWA Grand Master in 2005. He has also won seven Hugo Awards, five Bram Stoker Awards, and a World Fantasy Award among others. He has received a Special Award from the World Science Fiction Society (Worldcon) on three separate occasions and was the Guest of Honor at Iguanacon, the 36th Worldcon, held in 1978 in Phoenix, AZ. He was named a Grandmaster by World Horror Con and received Life Achievement Awards from the International Horror Guild, the Eaton Award, Bram Stoker Award, the Forry Award, and the World Fantasy Awards. In 2011, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Prometheus Hall of Fame Winner

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced that Harlan Ellison’s story “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” will receive its Hall of Fame Award. The award will be presented on May 9 at Marcon, where F. Paul Wilson will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Ellison Suffers Stroke

Harlan Ellison has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke which has caused some paralysis on his right side. He has been reported to be awake with his mind as sharp as ever.

Ellison Drops Lawsuit

Harlan Ellison has dropped his lawsuit against Andrew Niccol’s film In Time. Ellison had previously alleged that In Time was based on his short story “Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman,” and there was an erroneous report that the suit was settled. Ellison has now seen the film and decided to voluntarily dismiss the action. Despite earlier reports, including on this site, at no time was Ellison promised payment or screen credit on the film.

In Time Lawsuit Settlement

Harlan Ellison’s lawsuit against New Regency and director Andrew Niccol over plagiarism for their film In Time has been settled. Ellison claimed that In Time was based on his 1965 story “Repent, Harlequin! Said The Ticktockman.” Ellison’s original lawsuit asked that all copies of the film be destroyed, its release stopped, and he be paid compensatory damages. The settlement calls for the film’s release to go ahead with an on-screen credit for Ellison.

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Ellison Sues In Time

Harlan Ellison has filed a lawsuit claiming that the upcoming FOX film In Time is a copyright infringement of his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning story “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said The Ticktockman.” The lawsuit seeks an injunction to prevent the film’s release and the disposal of all copies of the film.

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2011 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Class

Four new members will be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, housed at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington. The induction ceremony will take place as part of the Science Fiction Awards Weekend, to be held June 24-26, 2011.

  • Vincent Di Fate
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Moebius

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Ellison & Delany Honored with Eaton

Samuel R. Delany and Harlan Ellison have been announced as recipients of the Eaton Award for Lifetime Achievement by the University of California-Riverside. Delany is the 2010 honoree and Ellison is the honoree for 2011. The next Eaton Conference will take place in February 2011 with the theme Global Science Fiction. Conference speakers will include China Miéville, Nalo Hopkinson, and Karen Tei Yamashita.

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Ellison Lawsuit

Harlan Ellison has filed a lawsuit against Paramount Studios and the Writers Guild of America over the merchandising, publishing, or any other exploitations of his script to the classic Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever.” The lawsuit notes Paramount’s licensing of the Crucible series and includes the WGA with the claim that they failed to act on numerous requests. Ellison’s suit is based on the collective bargaining agreement entered into between the WGA and Paramount.