When we think of the great American short story writers of the 20th Century, who do we think of? Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Connor, George Saunders. Sometimes science fiction writers and fantasy writers get the short shrift here. Any list of great American writers should include Harlan Ellison a writer of so much energy that writing a novel might have burned him up. He wrote some of the most-published short stories ever written, “City on the Edge of Forever,” pushed science fiction into its new wave, and never ever stoped his efforts as an acticist. Here’s more from John Scalzi:
He edited “Dangerous Visions” and “Again, Dangerous Visions,” two of the most significant anthologies in the history of science fiction, and then delayed so long on a proposed third edition of the series that its non-publication became the stuff of legend. He held a protest at IguanaCon II, the 36th Worldcon, to shame Arizona for not passing the Equal Rights Amendment, and at LACon IV in 2006 shocked the audience at the Hugo Awards by groping his co-presenter Connie Willis’ breast, a thing for which many in science fiction never forgave him. And although science fiction is what he’s best known for, with eight Hugos and four Nebula awards, he also won multiple awards in horror and mystery, and multiple awards from the Writers Guild of America. He wrote film and television, and also, criticism of film and television.
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