Over the course of his legendary career, Harlan Ellison has de?ed-and sometimes de?ned-modern fantasy literature, all while refusing to allow any genre to claim him. A Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association as well as winner of countless awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker, Ellison is as unpredictable as he is unique, irrepressible as he is infuriating. E-Reads is proud to publish over thirty titles in Ellison’s brilliant catalog, now available in an elegant new package featuring Ellison himself. Genius never felt so combustible.
In the late 1960's Harlan Ellison launched a weekly column for the Los Angeles Free Press where he uncompromisingly discussed the effects of television on modern society. He assaulted everything from television sitcoms to corrupt politicians, talk-shows to military massacres. Today, more than five decades later, almost all of his criticism still holds true. E-Reads and Ellison's company, Edgeworks Abbey, are proud to make this second volume of fifty outspoken columns widely available for the first time in some forty years. read more
Harlan Ellison has been called ìone of the great living American short story writersî by the Washington Post. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has won more awards for the 74 books he has written or edited, more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, the two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures he has created, then any other living fantasist. He has won the Hugo award eight and a half times (shared once); the Nebula award three times; the Bram Stoker award, presented by the Horror Writers Association, five times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996); the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America twice; the Georges Melies fantasy film award twice; two Audie Awards (for the best in audio recordings); and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by P.E.N., the international writerís union. He was presented with the first Living Legend award by the International Horror Critics at the 1995 World Horror Convention. He is also the only author in Hollywood ever to win the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding teleplay (solo work) four times, most recently for ìPaladin of the Lost Hourî his Twilight Zone episode that was Danny Kayeís final role, in 1987. In 2006, Ellison was awarded the prestigious title of Grand Master by the SFWA. "Dreams With Sharp Teeth," the special documentary chronicling his life and works, was released on DVD in May 2009.read more
Reviews forThe Other Glass Teat
I tend to prefer Ellison's essays to his fiction, and some of his better ones are on display here; at this remove TOGT is chiefly of historical interest, but it's remarkable (and depressing...) how many of his complaints with the "vast wasteland" ring as true today as they did in the early '70s. (Truer, even: he didn't have to contend with the excrescence known as "reality television.") There are some moments of high comedy perpetrated by that merriest of pranksters, Father Time, as when Ellison lavishes praise upon a then up-and-coming actor named -- Zalman King, better known these days as a writer and producer of several feckless soft-core titillation extravaganzas (chiefly the Red Shoe Diaries and Chromium Blue.com series). One of Ellison's scripts -- this one for The Young Lawyers, an episode titled "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" -- is reproduced in its entirety; and, as anyone with even a nodding acquaintance with Ellison's oeuvre might expect, his script was not shot as he'd written it, and boy, was he ever pissed off about it. Pity that Ellison didn't reveal why his "Glass Teat" column only lasted two issues at Rolling Stone (whose motto is -- or was, at any rate -- "All the news that fits") in his introduction; maybe he had one of his famous blow-outs with Jann Wenner.read more
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