History Creator / HarlanEllison

2nd Feb '17 2:18:56 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* "The City on the Edge of Forever", Hugo-Award-winning 1967 episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.

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* "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E28TheCityOnTheEdgeOfForever}} The City on the Edge of Forever", Forever]]", Hugo-Award-winning 1967 episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.



* Was hired by WarnerBrothers in the late 1970s to write a film adaptation of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''I, Robot''; the script (which is available in book format) is highly-regarded by those who have read it, but the project fell apart after Ellison accused a studio exec of having the intellectual capacity of an artichoke. Asimov loved the script, and it was most certainly TruerToTheText than the actual ''Film/IRobot''. Ellison considers it nothing less than [[TearJerker one of the great tragedies of his life]] that the film was never made, and his dear friend Isaac never got to see it.

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* Was hired by WarnerBrothers Creator/WarnerBrothers in the late 1970s to write a film adaptation of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''I, Robot''; the script (which is available in book format) is highly-regarded by those who have read it, but the project fell apart after Ellison accused a studio exec of having the intellectual capacity of an artichoke. Asimov loved the script, and it was most certainly TruerToTheText than the actual ''Film/IRobot''. Ellison considers it nothing less than [[TearJerker one of the great tragedies of his life]] that the film was never made, and his dear friend Isaac never got to see it.
2nd Jan '17 11:21:11 AM CaptEquinox
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'', because people consider it a [[SturgeonsLaw good science fiction story]] but it doesn't really examine the effect of the setting on humanity as a whole. He also feels that the film has no humanity or soul, and feels it "keeps people stupid" and ruined the public cultural perception of science fiction. It's especially evident in his infamous rant "Luke Skywalker is a Nerd and Darth Vader sucks runny eggs", collected in his book "Watching". Which feeds back into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDNrnpefGio the distinction between "science fiction" and "sci-fi"]].

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'', because people consider it a [[SturgeonsLaw good science fiction story]] but it doesn't really examine the effect of the setting on humanity as a whole. He also feels that the film has no humanity or soul, soul[[note]]he says the characters don't even have the depth of those in the old 1940s serials on which ''Star Wars'' is based, which always included some kind of AnAesop that was useful, believable and possible in everyday life[[/note]], and feels it "keeps people stupid" stupid"[[note]]he particularly noted [[SpaceIsNoisy the Death Star exploding with a huge KABOOM in space]] and revealed how Creator/AlanDeanFoster had strenuously objected to this and proposed believable alternatives -- Lucas' cynical retort was that "there's a lot of money tied up in this film and people expect to hear a boom when something explodes so I'll give them the boom". Foster hasn't worked with Lucas since.[[/note]] and ruined the public cultural perception of science fiction. It's especially evident in his infamous rant "Luke Skywalker is a Nerd and Darth Vader sucks runny eggs", collected in his book "Watching". Which feeds back into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDNrnpefGio the distinction between "science fiction" and "sci-fi"]].


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** Ellison has never spoken publicly about this story or confirmed that he was personally involved.
7th Nov '16 7:10:02 PM ElectroKraken
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* DevelopmentHell: ''The Last Dangerous Visions''



* MissingEpisode: ''The Last Dangerous Visions''



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: His script for a film adaptation of ''Literature/{{I Robot}}''.
* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: Wrote an essay on it (sci fi/fantasy literature, specifically), called "Xenogenesis", which included a number of examples of the awful things that have been done to him and other writers by fans.
5th Sep '16 6:17:54 PM UNoWho
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* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060801/ The Oscar]]. [[SchmuckBait Ask him]] about it if you get the chance.

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* [[http://www.''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060801/ The Oscar]].Oscar]]''. [[SchmuckBait Ask him]] about it if you get the chance.
5th Sep '16 6:16:41 PM UNoWho
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* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060801/ This movie]]. [[SchmuckBait Ask him]] about it if you get the chance.

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* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060801/ This movie]].The Oscar]]. [[SchmuckBait Ask him]] about it if you get the chance.
21st Jul '16 9:34:19 PM PaulA
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* Was hired by WarnerBrothers in the late 1970s to write a film adaptation of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''I, Robot''; the script (which is available in book format) is highly-regarded by those who have read it, but the project fell apart after Ellison accused a studio exec of having the intellectual capacity of an artichoke. IsaacAsimov loved the script, and it was most certainly TruerToTheText than the actual ''Film/IRobot.'' Ellison considers it nothing less than [[TearJerker one of the great tragedies of his life]] that the film was never made, and his dear friend Isaac never got to see it.

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* Was hired by WarnerBrothers in the late 1970s to write a film adaptation of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''I, Robot''; the script (which is available in book format) is highly-regarded by those who have read it, but the project fell apart after Ellison accused a studio exec of having the intellectual capacity of an artichoke. IsaacAsimov Asimov loved the script, and it was most certainly TruerToTheText than the actual ''Film/IRobot.'' ''Film/IRobot''. Ellison considers it nothing less than [[TearJerker one of the great tragedies of his life]] that the film was never made, and his dear friend Isaac never got to see it. it.
2nd May '16 11:08:37 AM erforce
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* "Demon with a Glass Hand" and "Soldier", episodes of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''. Harlan believed, because of the similarities, that Creator/JamesCameron used them as the basis of creating ''TheTerminator'' and they agreed on a cash settlement and an official acknowledgment in the credits.

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* "Demon with a Glass Hand" and "Soldier", episodes of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''. Harlan believed, because of the similarities, that Creator/JamesCameron used them as the basis of creating ''TheTerminator'' ''Film/TheTerminator'' and they agreed on a cash settlement and an official acknowledgment in the credits.
8th Apr '16 2:44:11 AM Michael
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* Conceptual consultant on ''Series/BabylonFive'' (and made a couple of guest appearances)

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* Conceptual consultant on ''Series/BabylonFive'' (and made a couple of guest appearances)appearances). When asked what a Conceptual Consultant did, creator Creator/JMichaelStraczynski replied that "Harlan does what Harlan wants"
28th Jan '16 6:18:21 PM PaulA
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* The longtime blackballing of A.E. van Vogt for the SFWA [[DamonKnightMemorialGrandMasterAward Grand Master Award]]. [[note]]Which he finally received in 1995, largely due to Ellison's efforts.[[/note]]

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* The longtime blackballing of A.E. van Vogt for the SFWA [[DamonKnightMemorialGrandMasterAward [[UsefulNotes/DamonKnightMemorialGrandMasterAward Grand Master Award]]. [[note]]Which he finally received in 1995, largely due to Ellison's efforts.[[/note]]
9th Jan '16 2:13:24 PM DrImpossible
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* "Demon with a Glass Hand" and "Soldier", episodes of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''. Creator/JamesCameron used them as the basis of creating ''TheTerminator'' (by accident, so Jim claims), and Ellison caught him red handed and got a cash settlement and an official acknowledgment in the credits.

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* "Demon with a Glass Hand" and "Soldier", episodes of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''. Harlan believed, because of the similarities, that Creator/JamesCameron used them as the basis of creating ''TheTerminator'' (by accident, so Jim claims), and Ellison caught him red handed and got they agreed on a cash settlement and an official acknowledgment in the credits.
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