Harlan Ellison 1934-2018, who would never admit to being a science fiction writer, and who is the primary source of my geekdom

Harlan Ellison 1934-2018, who would never admit to being a science fiction writer, and who is the primary source of my geekdom | I'D SAY REST IN PEACE HARLAN ELLISON BUT DOUBTLESSLY THE CUSSED FART WOULDN'T, WHICH IS WHY HE WAS SUCH A GREAT WRITER | image tagged in memes,rip,r i p,harlan ellison,science fiction,writer | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Agreed. He wrote City On The Edge Of Forever.

And he made it to age 84, with impressive output.

I hope he found a way through The Guardian Of Forever.

R.I.P. Harlan.
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Mostly to be known for that Star Trek episode. :D As good as it was I'm sure he hated it being the apex. But still, the writer who taught me that science fiction wasn't all rockets and green skin.
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I read he didn't like the episode, but not why.

Same as Robert Plant - he doesn't like Stairway to Heaven.

For me it was Asimov. Technology comes and goes, but people remain people, regardless of the tech. He said it himself and I think the best Sci-Fi fits this mold. It should always be about people (even if they are from another species).
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The best science fiction examines current human nature.
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Agreed. Only the tech changes. People stay the same.
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I would catch episodes of Star Trek TNG at truck stops sometimes, and was fascinated by the extremely relevant subject matter in each episode :)
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Star Trek is for the geeks who think hard about the human condition; Star Wars is for the geeks who just want to be geeks. XD
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So true! :D

Side note: I was under the belief that Gene Roddenberry was an atheist. According to Wikipedia, he denounced organized religion but still believed in some form of higher power. Oh well :)
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:D
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Oops, I thought you were making a connection between Starfleet and being hard XD

Lmao! XD
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;)
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I'm saving this :D
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XD XD
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Works for me! ;D well, technically she's anthro, but still... ;)
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I was just reading about him on Wikipedia yesterday. Apparently he had a very disagreeable temperament :)
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He had a thing where he would go to bookstores and sit in the front window and write stories about whatever people came and suggested to him (the above photo is from a situation like that). He often insulted their choices, but he would write what they asked. He didn't care to be considered a sci-fi writer, but preferred 'speculative fiction', which is pretty accurate as he mostly wrote about weird things, often with little plot, and with little connection to the real world. I loved his writing when I was younger but never really had a desire to meet him personally.
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Speculative fiction is a good way to describe it, since some aspects of science fiction end up becoming reality in the not-too-distant future :)

I'm not terribly big into fiction myself. I prefer the cold, raw reality of textbooks :D
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Growing up with Ellison's works made me prefer fiction with little plot or mainstream flow.

Not just non-fiction but textbooks? That IS raw reality. ;)
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I have to ask: if there's little plot, what are the works about? :)

Well, textbooks as well as other non-fiction works :) anything but technical manuals! :D
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You'd have to read Ellison. Weird sh!t you'd only get out of the '60s...
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:)
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I tried finding an anthology of his that had all his best stories on it, but the latest ones tended to split them up into various volumes. I'll keep trying.
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Awesome, thanks :D

I guess I should have said "gets lost in the store, dies of starvation" :)
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Today's going to be really slow, I might have to redouble my efforts...
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