Slippage by Harlan Ellison
Previously Uncollected, Precariously Poised Stories

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With Slippage, his most outrageous and wildly imaginative collection to date, Harlan Ellison celebrates the fortieth anniversary of his career (now in its forty-second year), confirming his position as "the dark prince of American letters" (as Pete Hamill put it). With characteristic fits of brilliance and irreverence, Ellison writes like an angel - or possibly a certifiable demon - crosscutting the political and humorous, the domestic and cosmic, and commingling ancient history, modern morality, and the surreal. Displayed here are the centerpiece showstopper "Mefisto in Onyx," a major, award-winning novella, in which a black mindreader pays a singular and terrifying call on a white serial killer on an Alabama death row; the tour de force "The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore," selected for The Best American Short Stories 1993; and "Keyboard," a sardonic commentary on our uneasy alliance with the toys of technology, based on a theme provided by Robin Williams. Introducing the

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Harlan Ellison, 1934 - Harlan Ellison was born in 1934. He was first published professionally at the age of 15 in the Cleveland News. Ellison has written over 1700 short stories, essays, articles and newspaper columns. He was the first to receive the Living Legend Award by the International Horror Critics in 1995. In 1987, a 35 year retrospective of Ellison's work was published as "The Essential Ellison." Over the course of his career, Ellison has written for "The Outer Limits," "The Starlost" and "The Twilight Zone." He is a co-creator of the "Star Trek" series and is in his fifth season as Conceptual Consultant for "Babylon Five." Ellison is the only author in Hollywood to ever win the Writer's Guild of America's award for Most Outstanding Teleplay four times, the last time being "Paladin of the Hour" in 1987. He has won the Hugo Award 8 1/2 times, the Nebula Award 3 times, the Bram Stoker Award 5 times, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer's Association, the Edgar Allen Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America Award twice, the Georges Meilies Fantasy Film Award twice and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by the PEN International Writer's Union. In March of 1998, the National Women's Committee of Brandeis University awarded Ellison the 1998 Wit, Words and Wisdom Award. He is the editor of "Dangerous Visions" anthologies as well as "Medea: Harlan's World," and has received the Milford Award for for Lifetime Achievement in Editing. Ellison is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild with voice credits and adapted a short story, "The Face of Helen Bournow" for a Showtime series.
Published November 15, 1996 by Mark V. Ziesing. 290 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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``The world seems precarious to me now,'' the prodigiously productive Ellison (more than 65 books, including some 1,700 short stories) notes in his introduction to this collection of 21 previously uncollected science-fiction/fantasytinged tales, ``everything changes so fast, and no one remembers ...

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The ever-provocative Ellison is at the top of his form in these 21 stories and essays, dynamiting fault lines where the fantastic erupts into the everyday and jolting interfaces between the mythic and

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For more than 40 years, Harlan Ellison's writing career has won him more awards for his 45 books, 1300+ stories, essays, articles and newspaper columns, two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures than anybody we can name.

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