Friday, June 29, 2018

Genre Gadfly Gone

This is going to be a quick ‘placeholder’ post which I will elaborate on later... Harlan Ellison, the writer most responsible for the American ‘New Wave’ in science fiction, has died:

He was a controversial figure- he was notoriously litigious, and groped Connie Willis at the 2006 Nebula Awards, but he also championed women, people of color, and LGBTQ science fiction writers at a time when the genre was overwhelmingly white and male. His 1967 anthology Dangerous Visions was a game changer in the field.

I will elaborate on this post tonight- Ellison’s body of work is formidable, and his legacy complicated, so I have some homework to do. At any rate, the science fiction community has lost another titan.

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