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Old June 27th, 2014, 03:32 AM   #41
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Should have been on Jules Vern's Birthday the father of Science Fiction.
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Old June 27th, 2014, 05:10 AM   #42
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harlan ellison always used to make a big deal how he hated the term "science fiction" and was very adamant that what he wrote wasn't it. He preferred the term "speculative fiction" which as far as I know never caught on with anyone besides him.

ellison to me is an example of the dangers of meeting a celebrity whose work you have enjoyed. spoils some of the pleasure you can take in their work if you can't stop thinking about what a jerk they are.
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harlan ellison always used to make a big deal how he hated the term "science fiction" and was very adamant that what he wrote wasn't it. He preferred the term "speculative fiction" which as far as I know never caught on with anyone besides him.

ellison to me is an example of the dangers of meeting a celebrity whose work you have enjoyed. spoils some of the pleasure you can take in their work if you can't stop thinking about what a jerk they are.
(My bold)

Yah, Ellison is v. prolific, v. opinionated. With all that pressure in his head from all those ideas, characters, plot lines, credits, awards & on & on - It's a wonder the guy can walk, let alone write/produce/edit.

He's worked for a long time - see Harlan Ellison - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

won every award there is out there in his various fields. He's married a lot, quadruple by-pass, probably smoke/drank too much. Yep, think of him as a PC that's been way overclocked. He burns brightly, & so far, surprisingly lastingly. Warm your hands in his charisma while you can, the old masters are passing by. We may not see their like again.
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Old July 17th, 2014, 08:24 PM   #44
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If you want to read a book that will blow your mind, Frank Herbert The White Plague,
When a book written some time ago hits on a whole lot of stuff that happened after it was written, as accurately as this book does, it's pretty scary.
Yes, it's that Frank Herbert, but it's not Dune, it's just a few years in the future, and it might as well be right now..
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asimov, heinlein, clarke, ... those are old masters. ellison will always be a punk.
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asimov, heinlein, clarke, ... those are old masters. ellison will always be a punk.
Dont forget Phillip K. Dick..
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If you want to read a book that will blow your mind, Frank Herbert The White Plague,
When a book written some time ago hits on a whole lot of stuff that happened after it was written, as accurately as this book does, it's pretty scary.
Yes, it's that Frank Herbert, but it's not Dune, it's just a few years in the future, and it might as well be right now..
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Yah, he was an interesting writer. I've skimmed past White Plague before, I'll give it a try. (Have to wait for our library to reorganize the collection - they've been doing renovations. Their staff looks tired, poor babies.) Tks for the recommendation.
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An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It: Al Gore: 9781594865671: Amazon.com: Books
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I read it a along time ago, I dunno if it would still hold up, but I remember reading the Titan series by Varley and liking that a lot.
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