Harlan Ellison

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Harlan Ellison (1986)

Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934 in Cleveland , Ohio - † June 28, 2018 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American writer , screenwriter and critic .

Person and work

Harlan Ellison is known for his narratives and short stories in the fields of science fiction , fantasy and horror , which, however, only cover part of his work. Many of his books do not contain any fantastic elements. He has therefore repeatedly shown himself offended when he was committed to the SF - a consequence of the many prizes that he received for fantastic stories, especially from the mid-1960s to the 1970s. Ellison always shone through versatility and a high relationship to life and reality, but chronic exhaustion led to a slowdown in his output after a long period of success since the 1980s.

What connects his more well-known stories are mostly fantastic elements and framework conditions that affect the characters; the special character of Ellison's works lies in his honesty, lust for dark moods, strong emotions, black humor and an almost unique ability to use language, whereby he could vary his style as required and was often very willing to experiment. Ellison's way of thinking and attitudes also run through a wide variety of works. Above all, this applies to Ellison's passionate political and social commitment, his willingness to take a stand and make himself unpopular. There was never a clear dividing line between his life and his works, except that he took writing more seriously. Ellison was frequently hired as a speaker and carried out various personal campaigns, be it against Christian beliefs, stupidity, the Internet, the powerlessness of writers over directors or producers, television or for greater recognition in his eyes of underrated or forgotten authors such as Alfred Elton van Vogt , Fritz Leiber or Gerald Kersh .

He has also published his short stories under pseudonyms, including Lee Archer, Cordwainer Bird, Robert Courtney, Wallace Edmondson, Ellis Hart, EK Jarvis and Clyde Mitchell.


Ellison was born in Cleveland. As the son of the only Jewish family in his neighborhood, and also small in stature, he was exposed to many attacks and learned not to let himself get down. In Cleveland, even at a very young age, he published a fan newspaper about SF. At the age of 13, he fled home and joined a traveling group of showmen, working a. a. as a lumberjack and as a fisherman. His first literary work began in 1955 in New York City , where he wrote rows of stories about violent crimes, confessional literature and horror stories for the trash magazines concentrated there in order to keep himself afloat. His friend and confidante at the time was Robert Silverberg , who did exactly the same. In New York he came into contact with many SF authors and tried to get his SF stories published in the relevant magazines, which he succeeded from 1956 on. Finally, he joined a street gang for a few months to gain experience and write about it (Memos from Purgatory) . His first novel, Web in the City (1958) appeared while he was stationed at Fort Knox as a soldier . For about a year he was the editor of the Regency Books paperback publisher. His fourth collection of short stories, Gentleman Junkie (1961 with Regency), received the highest praise from Dorothy Parker , a naturally dramatic experience for Ellison.

Television and science fiction

After moving to Los Angeles, Ellison wrote his stories as well as scripts to make more money. Among them were two episodes 1964/65 produced the The-Outer Limits series and the original script for the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" ( the Edge of Forever ) by 1967. Both the modified version as a television The original script also won important awards. At the same time he was also noticed in the SF scene, where he hit like a comet with his stories as well as his personality. The story about the modern punctuality mania and the role of the artist “'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman ”is one of the most frequently reprinted stories in the USA. In addition, very popular: "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", "Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes", "The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World", "A Boy and His Dog" and later "The Deathbird" and “Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38 ° 54 ′ N, Longitude 77 ° 00 ′ 13 ″ W”. He regularly received the highest awards in the SF company for his stories.

Ellison's influence on other writers was immense in the SF, even if he was never noticed by a large audience. His work as the editor of two extensive collections of specially ordered stories by over 30 important fantastic authors each, which were entitled "Dangerous Visions" and "Again, Dangerous Visions", also contributed to his influence. Ellison had asked the writers to submit bold stories that had been rejected elsewhere, or at least in all probability would not be published anywhere else. These carefully produced volumes gave an overview of the state of development of fantastic literature and were such a success that it soon became a matter of course in SF circles to compile previously unpublished stories by different authors of a desired standard in anthologies. ( Damon Knight had previously started this with his long-lived "Orbit" series.) In most cases, the publishers are authors, not publishing employees. When Ellison worked as an editor, he never missed the opportunity to give undiscovered talent the public they deserved. The two volumes were viewed by the critics as central reference works for the movement of the " New Wave " of science fiction, of which Ellison was already one of the main exponents.

In the early 1970s, "The Glass Teat" was Ellison's first compilation of critical essays on television and the television program of the time.

After the breakthrough

Ellison's books were increasingly convincing as coherent works, even if they only consisted of individual stories. Two of his later collections with the titles "Strange Wine" (1978) and "Shatterday" (1980) were also particularly praised. In the latter was u. a. the Hugo Award-winning “Jeffty Is Five” (1977), in which Ellison told of an eternally young child whose world was mercilessly changed around him. The novella "All the Lies that Are My Life" (1980), which was also recorded, dealt with the topic of friendship, whereby here, as in many of his most important works, autobiographical truths came through. Stephen King, who was emerging as a writer at the time, clearly committed himself to Ellison in his non-fiction book "Danse Macabre", whereby King's short stories in particular are roughly related to a tradition similar to Ellison's. Both authors were admittedly influenced by the pioneers of modern horror literature, including HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe . The Ellison sponsored Dan Simmons soon joined.

Ellison wrote in the early 1970s a. a. Film scripts for novels by Isaac Asimov (" Me, the Robot ") and Norman Spinrad (" Champion Jack Barron "), which remained unfilmed, while his pilot television script for "The Starlost" was heavily modified in front of the cameras and the series then without it was made. After years of pulling over film studios, television stations and producers, Ellison took part in the mid-80s under certain conditions in the design of a new edition of the series The Twilight Zone , which began with a cinematic implementation of his story "Shatterday". His later episode "Paladin of the Lost Hour" about wisdom, friendship and responsibility in a modern world was one of the best and was also enthusiastically received as a short story ( Locus Award ). Ellison left the series after less than a year when one of his scripts was not approved by the broadcaster.

Ellison's productivity declined in the early 1980s when he developed health problems and couldn't sit at the typewriter for as long. However, since the environment of his work is irrelevant to him, he wrote a number of stories in the windows of bookstores that he wanted to support. One person gave him a keyword that should stimulate the story, and the finished pages were displayed in the shop window for passers-by. In this way, over thirty stories were created over the years, some of which he included in his books.

Late phase

1988 and 1997 appeared with "Angry Candy" and the rather extensive "Slippage" further collections of stories. The lavish volume "Mind Fields" from 1994 contained 33 short stories that were inspired by (with printed) pictures by Jacek Yerka . The novella "Mefisto in Onyx" and the short story "Chatting With Anubis" (both also in "Slippage") each received the Bram Stoker Award . The story "The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore" was included in the 1993 annual volume of the Best American Short Stories. The story "Goodbye to All That" was nominated in 2003 for a Nebula Award . In "Harlan Ellison's Watching" (1989) film reviews were gathered, two other volumes contained essays. Among his better-known reviews are bad reviews of the films Star Wars and Star Trek: The Motion Picture . (What is less well known is that Ellison wrote a lot of music criticism, especially at a young age, and, as a follower of many musical styles, wrote countless liner notes.) In the early 1990s, Ellison became a consultant for the SF television series Babylon 5 , as he worked with producer J. Michael Straczynski was friends. The internationally marketed computer game "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" (Cyberdreams, 1995) was based on his story and went far beyond that, especially since Ellison abandoned his lack of interest in modern technology for a few months and the plot, the dialogues and the booklet co-authored and lent his voice to the game. In the late 1990s, Ellison personally supervised the publication of various older books that had long been out of print ("Edgeworks" volumes 1 to 5). As usual, he wrote partly new footnotes and introductions. A huge fan and advocate of comics since childhood, Ellison worked with selected copywriters and illustrators who adapted individual stories for Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor, a specially created comic series.

Film adaptations of “Mefisto in Onyx” and a “Dream Corridor” film were in discussion; his story "The Discarded" was implemented with his participation in mid-2006 for the TV series "Masters of Science Fiction" (ABC; director: Jonathan Frakes ). Despite requests, Ellison does not release many stories and novels for film adaptations, including "Jeffty Is Five". Often, projects that had already been planned by Ellison were stopped again because no agreement could be reached on questions relating to cast.

In 2006 Ellison received the coveted Grand Master Award from the SF Authors' Association ( SFWA ) for his life's work , and Connie Willis gave the laudatory speech . In 2007, work was completed on a documentary about Ellison, which premiered under the title "Dreams with Sharp Teeth" in April 2007 and was praised by Werner Herzog (official premiere on June 4, 2008). The film should be shown at festivals during the year. In the summer an essay by Ellison appeared on his friendship with Theodore Sturgeon, who had asked him to write his obituary. He also started working for the IDW publishing house as the editor of a new series of re-publications of important SF works. At the beginning of November he announced his participation in two other television projects, but then took an active part in the general writers' strike (see WGA ) in Hollywood. In 2011 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Ellison continued to write stories successfully and declared himself more and more influenced by Latin American literature. He died in June 2018 at the age of 84.

Legal proceedings

His complaint against Gary Groth, the co-owner of Fantagraphics Books , by whom he had felt attacked for many years and whom he now specifically accused of repeated defamation and unauthorized exploitation of his name, caused quite a stir in 2007, especially when Groth saw the readers of Fantagraphics -Applied for donations for products in order to be able to continue to bear the legal fees after a rejected application to discontinue the proceedings without having to restrict the program of his publisher. Ellison and Groth published the respective documents on the procedure on their websites. The best known cases won or settled out of court by Ellison include those against James Cameron (plagiarism allegation in connection with the film Terminator ) and AOL (unauthorized distribution of copyrighted property).

German reception

Few of Ellison's books have been published in Germany, although many of his better-known stories appear in the relevant SF anthologies of the 1960s and 1970s, in compilations by other authors, and occasionally in crime and horror anthologies. Overall, his work is far less noticed than in the USA. Some possible reasons for this are obvious:

  1. Fantastic stories are less popular in Germany than novels, for example; the narrative market has shrunk.
  2. Ellison's precisely chosen, often milieu-specific, colloquial language often barely allows for a loss-free translation into German.
  3. Ellison was practically unknown here as a provocative speaker, for example from television interviews or public lectures, and was never in Germany.
  4. Ellison took up many specific personalities and phenomena from American culture, some of which are not very familiar to the German audience and, in the case of his essays, had lost their relevance.


German editions

Edited volumes:

  • Ellison, Harlan (1962): The Silver Corridor. Munich: Goldmann. ISBN 9783442231522 .
  • Ellison, Harlan (1972): The Maggie Moneyeyes Doll. Stories. Hamburg: Marion von Schröder. ISBN 9783547724851 .
  • Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and I have no mouth. Stories. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .


As editor:

  • Ellison, Harlan (1970) (Ed.): 15 Science Fiction Stories. Harlan Ellison's large SF anthology. Munich: Heyne.
  • Ellison, Harlan (1970) (Ed.): 15 Science Fiction Stories. Harlan Ellison's large SF anthology II. Munich: Heyne.

Selected stories

  • "Helpless wind and waves at the mercy of the Langerhans Islands: 38 ° 54 'north latitude, 77 ° 00' 13" west longitude "in: Preiss, Byron (ed.) (1996): Das Beste vom Werwolf. Cologne: Bastei-Lübbe. ISBN 9783404134847 / Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and I have no mouth. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .
  • "Jeffty is five" in: Kluge, Manfred (1980) (Ed.): Jeffty is five. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453306424 ./ Ferman, Edward L. (1981) (Ed.): 30 Years of Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453307322 . / Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and have no mouth. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .
  • "A Boy and His Dog" in: Blish, James (1981) (Ed.): A Boy and His Dog. Rastatt: Moewig. ISBN 9783811867239 . / Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and have no mouth. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .
  • "The Soldier" in: Notkin, Debbie; Stewart, Roger (2000) (Ed.): The Outer Limits 1 - The Unknown Dimension. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453160859 .
  • "The death bird" in: Wilhelm, Kate (1982) (Ed.): The plan is love and death. Rastatt: Moewig. ISBN 9783811867307 . / Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and have no mouth. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .
  • "'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktackmann "in: Knight, Damon (1972) (Ed.): Computers don't argue. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453302372 / Gates, Jonathan (1997) (Ed.): The 20 best SF stories. Munich: Goldmann. ISBN 9783442250295 . / Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and have no mouth. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .
  • "Steps" in Yellow, Jeff; Friend, Lonn (2007) (Ed.): Hot Blood 1. Until death unites you. Leipzig: Festa. ISBN 9783865520746 .
  • "With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole" in: Wollheim, Donald A .; Saha, Arthur W. (1986) (Ed.): World's best SF 5. Cologne: Bastei-Lübbe. ISBN 9783404220922 .
  • "The guardian of the lost hour" in: Jeschke, Wolfgang (1988) (Ed.): Wassermanns Roboter. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453027688 . / Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and have no mouth. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .
  • "The soft monkey" in: Datlow, Ellen; Windling, Terri (1990) (ed.): The new book of fantasy. Magical-scary-fantastic. Cologne: Bastei-Lübbe. ISBN 9783404135585 . / Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and have no mouth. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .
  • "I count the stroke of the bell that measures the hours" in: Poor, Karl Michael; Jeschke, Wolfgang (1984) (Ed.): Die Fussangeln der Zeit. The Most Beautiful Time Travel Stories Volume 1. ISBN 9783453310193 / Ellison, Harlan (2014): I have to scream and have no mouth. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453315570 .
  • "The intermediate area" in: Laumer, Keith (1975) (Ed.): The intermediate area. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453303492 / Sargent, Pamela; Watson, Ian (1988) (Ed.): The Undiscovered Land. Cologne: Bastei-Lübbe. ISBN 9783404241125 .
  • "On the marble plate" in: Turner, James (2004) (Ed.): Trace of shadows. New stories from the Cthulhu myth. Cologne: Bastei-Lübbe. ISBN 9783404150816 .
  • "The overstretched hour" in: Hahn, Ronald M. (1984) (Ed.): Myths of the near future. Munich: Heyne. ISBN 9783453310049 .
  • "Broken like a little glass bottle devil" in: Knight, Damon (1975) (Ed.): Damon Knight's Collection 5. Frankfurt a. M .: Fischer. ISBN 9783436015497 / Maly, Herbert W. (1974) (Ed.): The metal dream. Heyne: Munich. ISBN 9783453302846 .

Volumes of prose

  • The Deadly Streets (1958)
  • Children of the Streets (1961)
  • Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation (Foreword by Frank M. Robinson , 1961)
  • Ellison Wonderland (1962)

New edition at the end of 2007 with a new introduction and new comments as well as a new foreword by Robert Silverberg .

  • Paingod and Other Delusions (1965)

Hugo Award and Nebula Award for "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman

  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (1967)

Hugo Award for the cover story, two nominations for Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes . Preface by Theodore Sturgeon .

  • From the Land of Fear (1967)

Incl. Soldier as a story and script ( The Outer Limits ) .

  • Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled (1968, modified 1976)

Stories of love in the broadest sense; including two novellas.

  • The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World (1969)

Awards for the cover story and the novella A Boy and His Dog .

Incl. the essays "The Words in Spock's Mouth" about authorship in the film and "Xenogenesis", a controversial reckoning with intrusive fans.

  • Partners in Wonder (1971)

Collaborations with Robert Sheckley , Ben Bova , Henry Slesar , AE van Vogt , Theodore Sturgeon , Roger Zelazny , Robert Silverberg and others. a., with introductions by Ellison

  • Approaching Oblivion (1974)

Incl. the childhood memory One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty , filmed for The Twilight Zone (1985). Foreword by Michael Crichton .

  • Deathbird Stories (1975)

Awards went to The Deathbird , Basilisk , The Whimper of Whipped Dogs and Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans .

  • No Doors, No Windows (1975)

Horror and suspense stories with an extensive introduction about fear and the genre.

  • Strange Wine (1978)

Stephen King cited this volume in Danse Macabre as an important contribution to the horror genre.

  • Shatterday (1980)

Prizes for Shatterday , Count the Clock That Tells the Time and the novels Jeffty is Five and All the Lies That Are My Life .

  • Stalking the Nightmare (1982)

Stories and essays, preface by Stephen King .

  • Angry Candy (1988)

Awarded the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award . The stories Soft Monkey , Paladin of the Lost Hour , The Function of Dream Sleep , The Region Between , Footsteps and With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole also received prizes

Stories inspired by pictures by the Polish painter Jacek Yerka.

  • Slippage (1997)

Extensive narrative volume, contained the novella Mefisto in Onyx and various award-winning short stories.

  • Troublemakers (2001)

Introduction to his work for young readers, with a selection of the most famous stories.

  • The Essential Ellison (Ed .: Terry Dowling , 1987, revised 2005)

A 1000-page selection volume with stories, novellas, essays and a script sorted by topic. - Bram Stoker Award


  • Memos from Purgatory (1961)

As a participating observer, Ellison reports on New York youth gangs, crime and a brief jail term.

  • The Glass Teat (1970) / The Other Glass Teat (1975)

Ellison began a weekly column for the weekly Los Angeles Free Press in late 1968 , writing as a critical observer of current television: Banalities in Series; how news programs handled current affairs; what the television program said about society; how politicians presented themselves on television; what he experienced as a screenwriter, etc. The book was a great success; However, when a politician felt insulted by a statement, Ellison ended up on some kind of anti-government list of the Reagan government of California , which ultimately led to the publisher taking the book off the program and not publishing the sequel, which after a few years with one another publisher appeared.

  • Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed (1984)

Essays. - Locus Award

  • An Edge in My Voice (1985)

61 essays (1980-84); Columns for Future Life magazine , later adopted by Los Angeles Weekly and Comics Journal . Culture, politics, thoughts, replying to letters to the editor. Foreword by Robert Crais - PEN International Silver Pen Award for “protecting freedom of expression and combating censorship, mendacity, discrimination or any other threat to the free and responsible press”.

  • Harlan Ellison's Watching (1989)

Articles and reviews of movies. - Bram Stoker Award

  • The Harlan Ellison Hornbook (1990)

46 columns (1972-1977); Experiences, thoughts, memories, autobiographical things.


  • Web of the City (also: Rumble) (1958)
  • The Sound of a Scythe (1960)
  • Spider Kiss (1961)

A rock and roll novel based on the career of Jerry Lee Lewis ; is considered Ellison's most successful novel attempt and has been reissued several times.

  • Doomsman (SF Novella, 1967)
  • The Starlost # 1: Phoenix Without Ashes (by Edward Bryant , 1975)

Based on TV script by Ellison. Ellison wrote a pilot for the Canadian-made SF series, which was changed contrary to Ellison's ideas.

As editor

  • Stories By the Man Nobody Knows - B. Traven (1961)
  • Dangerous Visions (1967)

33 unpublished, "brave" stories by Ballard , Leiber , Lafferty , Silverberg , Slesar , Knight , Zelazny , Spinrad , del Rey , Sturgeon , Delany , Bloch , Dick , Pohl , Farmer , Aldiss , Niven , Brunner , Ellison and others. a .; Preface by Isaac Asimov ; Introductions from Ellison - Awards: Hugo Award , special award from SFWA , Hugo Award for Farmer, Nebula Award for Samuel R. Delany , Nebula and Hugo Award for Fritz Leiber - the paperback edition had two parts; An anniversary edition was published in 2002 (preface by Michael Moorcock )

  • Nightshade and Damnations: The Finest Stories of Gerald Kersh (1968)
  • Again, Dangerous Visions (1972)

46 unpublished, "brave" stories by Koontz , Le Guin , Wolfe , Bradbury , Wilhelm , Gerrold , Bova , Vonnegut , Russ , Anthony , Benford , Blish , Disch , Sallis , Hoffman , Tiptree ; Introductions from Ellison - Awards: Locus Award , Special Recognition from SFWA , Hugo Award for Le Guin , Nebula Award for Joanna Russ

  • Medea: Harlan's World (1985)

Experimental design of a common SF world with stories by Ellison, Frank Herbert , Larry Niven , Ursula K. Le Guin , Theodore Sturgeon , Robert Silverberg and others. a. - Locus Award

Anthologies (with new introductions)

  • Dreams with Sharp Teeth (1991) (3-in-1: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, Deathbird Stories, Shatterday and three additional texts)
  • Edgeworks 1 (1996) (Over the Edge [modified]; An Edge in My Voice [expanded], 1996)
  • Edgeworks 2 (1996) (Spider Kiss; Stalking the Nightmare, 1996)
  • Edgeworks 3 (1997) (The Harlan Ellison Hornbook [new comments]; Harlan Ellison's Movie, 1997)
  • Edgeworks 4 (1997) (Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled; The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World, foreword: Neil Gaiman , 1997)

Sound carrier (selection)

  • Blood! The Life and Future Times of Jack the Ripper (audio book with Robert Bloch , 1977)
  • An Hour With Harlan Ellison - Loving Reminiscences of the Dying Gasp of the Pulp Era (Memories, 1980)
  • On the Road with Ellison, Vol. 1 (Speeches, 1983/2003)
  • Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (audio book, 1996)
  • Kaleidoscope // The Human Operators (A-side Ray Bradbury, B-side: Ellison, audio book, co-author AE van Vogt , 1997)
  • City of Darkness (audio book based on Ben Bova , 1998) - Award: "Audie" for Best Solo Narration, Male (1999)
  • Mars; Return to mars; Venus (audio books based on Ben Bova , 1999, 2000)
  • The Voice From the Edge, Vol.1: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (audio book with 10 stories and annotations, 1999) - Bram Stoker Award for non-written medium
  • The Voice From the Edge, Vol.2: Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral (audio book with 8 stories and annotations, 2001)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea; The Tombs of Atuan (audio books based on Ursula K. Le Guin , 2001, 2002)
  • Science Fiction: The Best of 2001 (Audiobook, SF-Stories, 2002)
  • The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine 2002 (Audiobook, SF-Stories, 2003)
  • 2000X: Tales of the Next Millennia (audio book, SF Stories, incl. "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman with Ellison and Robin Williams , 2003) - see link below
  • On the Road with Ellison, Vol. 2 (Speeches, 2004)
  • The Stonehenge Gate (audio book based on Jack Williamson , 2006)
  • Run for the Stars (Audiobook, 2007)
  • On the Road with Ellison, Vol. 3 (Speeches, 2007)
  • The Voice From the Edge, Vol. 3 (audio book with stories and notes, one story read by Robert Bloch , 5 CDs, in preparation)

Comics (selection)

  • Avengers 88 & 101 (story templates), 1971, 1972
  • Daredevil 208/209 (with Arthur Byron cover), July / Aug 1984
  • Detective Comics 567, "The Night of Thanks, But No Thanks", October 1986 (German: Batman paperback no.35, "A black night for Batman!", Ehapa , 1987)
  • Batman: Gotham Knights 13.2, "Funny Money", March 2001 (German: Batman: Black and White 2, Panini Verlag , 2001)
  • The Illustrated Harlan Ellison (1978)

Story adaptations; various draftsmen.

  • Demon with a Glass Hand (Graphic Novel, 1986)

Adaptation of the episode of The Outer Limits . Artist: Marshall Rogers .

  • Night and the Enemy (Graphic Novel, 1987)

Based on stories from Ellison; Artist: Ken Steacy .

  • Vic and Blood: The Chronicles of a Boy and His Dog (Graphic Novel, 1987/2003, German Vic and Blood: The story of a boy and his dog, 1989)

Graphic implementation of A Boy and His Dog as well as a prequel and a sequel. Draftsman: Richard Corben .

  • The Twilight Zone 1 (1991)

Adaptation of the TZ script for "Crazy As a Soup Sandwich". Artist: Neal Adams .

  • Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor (1994/1995) / Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor, Vol.1 (Graphic Novel, 1996)

Ellison's own comic series on Dark Horse . Story adaptations with special transitions and first story publications. Five issues, a special and an anthology. With Peter David , Len Wein , Teddy Kristiansen u. a. The series was discontinued due to relatively high costs and moderate sales.

  • Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor, Vol.2 (2007)

Belated second anthology with some unpublished material. With Richard Corben , Neal Adams , Eric Shanower , Gene Colan and others. a.

Published scripts

  • Harlan Ellison's Movie (In: Edgeworks 4) (1970/1997)

An attempt to write a film entirely at your own discretion.

  • I, Robot (1978/1994)

Based on short stories by Isaac Asimov (also preface), not the film with Will Smith. The film, which was to be directed by Irvin Kershner , was called off after a meeting between Ellison and the studio boss.

  • The City on the Edge of Forever (1966/1975/1995)

Treatment and script. Report on work for Starship Enterprise and problems with Gene Roddenberry . Afterwords by Leonard Nimoy , Walter Koenig and others a. - 1967 WGA Award for the screenplay

Various other filmed and unfilmed scripts are contained in short stories.

Film and television (selection)



  • Nat Segaloff: A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison. NESFA, Framingham, Massachusetts 2017, ISBN 978-1-61037-322-7 .
  • George Edgar Slusser: Harlan Ellison: Unrepentant Harlequin. The Borgo Press, San Bernardino, CA 1977, ISBN 0-89370-209-9 .
  • Ellen R. Weil, Gary K Wolfe: Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever. The Ohio State University Press, Columbus, Ohio 2002, ISBN 0-8142-0892-4 .


  • Tim Richmond, Andrea Richmond: Fingerprints on the Sky: The Authorized Harlan Ellison Bibliography: The Fully Illustrated Reader's Guide. Subterranean Press, Burton, Michagan 2017, ISBN 978-1-59606-801-8 .
  • Leslie Kay Swigart: Harlan Ellison: A Bibliographical Checklist. Williams Publishing, Dallas 1973.
  • Leslie Kay Swigart: Harlan Ellison: A Bibliographical Checklist: Second Edition. In: Fantasy Research and Bibliography. Libra Aurore, Long Beach 1981.

Anthologies and collections

  • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Special Harlan Ellison Issue. July 1977.
  • Andrew Porter (Ed.): The Book of Ellison. Algol Press, New York 1978 (Ellison anthology with contributions by Robert Silverberg and others).


Web links

Commons : Harlan Ellison  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. life data
  2. Harlan Ellison is dead. In: Spiegel Online , June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  3. Wieland Freund: He wrote the best Star Trek episode of all time. In: Die Welt , June 29, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.