Harlan Ellison

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(May 27, 1934 -- June 28, 2018)

Harlan Ellison began as a fan in the Cleveland area and was an active fan in the 50s, attending Midwestcon 1, a member of the Cleveland Science Fantasy Society (for which he edited Science Fantasy Bulletin), creator of 7th Fandom (Ellison), regular contributor to Science Fiction Five-Yearly. He was a member of the Terrans, the Hydra Club, the N3F, and the MWA. Legends have grown around him such as the Midwestcon Incident.

Fanzines include The Kong Papers (with Bill Rotsler), Dimensions, An Invitation, Seventh Fandom, A Statement of Posture (with Al Lewis for FAPA), and Vector (with Jim Schrieber).

In the late 50s he started writing professionally and by the 60s was in Los Angeles area, writing scripts for Hollywood, media non-fiction and sf. His sf quickly established him as one of the most talented short fiction writers in the field.

He was GoH at Iguanacon II the 1978 Worldcon where he spent the convention living in a camper because of his opposition to Arizona's non-passage of the ERA.

Hugo Award wins:

Hugo Award nominations: 1956 Most Promising New Author Hugo, 1967 Best Short Story Hugo, 1968 Best Fan Writer Hugo, 1968 Best Novelette Hugo, 1970 Best Novella Hugo, 1971 Best Short Story Hugo, 1971 Best Novella Hugo, 1973 Best Novelette Hugo, 1976 Best Short Story Hugo, 1978 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo, 1979 Best Short Story Hugo, 1981 Best Novella Hugo, 1985 Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo, 1986 Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo, 1988 Best Other Forms Hugo, 1989 Best Novelette Hugo, 1990 Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo, 1994 Best Novella Hugo

Possibly his most famous project is (the unfinished) Dangerous Visions.

Ellison had a reputation for being abrasive and argumentative, and he has generally agreed with that. A good friend, Robert Bloch, spoke at a roast for him, saying that other people take infinite pains; "Harlan gives them." For a short, early (1954) description of him see Peter Vortzimer in Abstract #8 p61.

Tributes and remembrances by John L. Coker III, Esther Cole, and Jon D. Swartz appeared in Scientifiction:The First Fandom Report (New Series #56, 2nd Quarter 2018). He was also remembered by several SF notables in the August 2018 issue of Locus.

Audio of talk Adaptation of Science Fiction to a Visual Media at Pacificon II (IA)

Awards, Honors and GoHships:


Person Search: Fanac, Fan, Pro, SFE, Wikipedia, Reasonator 19342018

Also involved: - 1951 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1967 Worldcon Site Selection - 1968 Detroit Triple Fan Fair - 1969 Worldcon Site Selection - 1977 SF, Horror and Fantasy World Exposition - 2019 Worldcon Site Selection - A Change of Hobbit - AggieCon I - Albacon 96 - Andy Porter - BSFA Award - Barclay Shaw - Baycon (Worldcon) - Beatley's - Beresford Smith - Bev Clark - Bjo Trimble - Cepheid Variable - Christopher Priest - Dangerous Visions - Discon 1 Guide: WSFS - Ditmar Awards - Diversicon 27 - Doris Pitkin Buck - Dymocks SF Store - Ed Bryant - Ed Kramer - Elliot Shorter - Equicon '87 - FUNcon II - FanHistoriCon 9 - Fantasy Crossroads - Fanvariety Enterprises - Filler - Galileo - Gary K. Wolfe - Granfalloon - Honey Wood - I-Con III - I-Con XIII - Idiot's Castle - IguanaCon II - Joe L. Hensley - Joni Stopa - Julie Award - L.A.con II - LASFS 50th Anniversary Banquet - Larry Shaw - Last Dangerous Visions - Lee Hoffman - Man of Two Worlds -- My Life in Science Fiction and Comics - Mary Morman - Midwestcon 29 - Midwestcon 4 - Midwestcon 6 - Midwestcon 7 - Minicon 6 - Mirage Press - Nebula Awards - NyCon3 - OKon 4 - Ozarkon III - Pendulum (Venable) - Peninsula Science Fantasy Association - PgHLANGE II - Quandry - Rally! - Roger Sims - Ross Rocklynne - SFWA Grand Master Award - Science-Fiction Five-Yearly - Second Fandom - Sonya Dorman - Space-Con Three - Starspinkle - SunCon (Australia) - Susan Ellison - The Chigger Patch of Fandom - The Science Fiction Fanzine Reader: Focal Points 1930-1960 - Tomorrow And... - Trumpet - Warhoon - Westercon 18 - Xero

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Also- 1951 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo Also- BSFA Award - Ditmar Awards - Julie Award - Nebula Awards - SFWA Grand Master Award