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The sci-fi community has been devastated by the loss of one of the genre’s most prolific and important authors.

Earlier this week, a family friend announced on social media that Harlan Ellison passed away in his sleep at the age 83.

Ellison was known for his outspoken and combative personality, but also for his highly influential work in New Wave speculative fiction. The level of respect and honor bestowed on him over the past few days from his peers and sci-fi fans proves the worth of his bibliography in the genre.

During his career, Ellison got his starting writing and selling stories to the Cleveland News; he published short stories, articles and his first novel while serving in the military and attending college in the 1940s and ’50s. In the early 1960s, Ellison moved to Hollywood, where his work began to take shape.

Some of his most beloved works include “The City on the Edge of Forever,” “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” “Deathbird Stories” and “Dangerous Visions.” In film and television, his writing was featured on several popular shows over the years. The most recognized being his “Star Trek” episode entitled “The City on the Edge of Forever,” which still is held in the highest regard by fans of the franchise.

His work and life will be celebrated friends, family, and fans of the genre he helped build over decades of great work. The world is a stranger and more interesting place because of the role Harlan Ellison had in it for 83 years.

Lamar Green

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