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A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison.

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A documentary on speculative fiction writer and essayist Harlan Ellison.

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Director Nelson was only 24 when he first videotaped Ellison at a typewriter for a March 1981 PBS documentary about science fiction and fantasy writers - footage that is included in this film See more »

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Ronald D. Moore: Television is a lot of compromise, especially running a show over the course of a season. It's about managing compromise and picking battles. "I'm going to fight for this and I'll let that go." And I don't know that that's in Harlan's makeup... I think he fights all the battles, because I think he thinks all the battles are worth fighting. "Sure, you could compromise on that, but then it's gonna suck."
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The Man You Rarely See But Always Wanted To
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If this little doc does nothing but make you curious enough about the work of Ellison to go out a read a few of his short stories, it will be worth your time. Imagine how curious you would be if Mark Twain were still alive and could be interviewed. Yeah, it's just like that. And Ellison writes as well as Twain did.

Actually, there are some parallels and stark contrasts between Sam Clemens and Ellison. Twain's _Tom Sawyer_ was the first novel written on a typewriter. Ellison has a typewriter, which he pecks on with two fingers, but never used a computer or word-processing program. Clemens and Twain were irascible and fearless when it came to declaiming what they believed to be true. Both were highly ethical, but cared little for religion. Both writers were prolific. Twain did _not_ have a Jewish mother. Oy. Both were spellbinding on the lecture circuit. Both of them will be read as long as the English language exists. If you have any interest in fantasy or fiction or science fiction, Ellison's genius and sharp wit are unsurpassed. Clemens is long gone, but thank God I lived to read --and see-- Ellison!


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