April 29, 1990
In January, 1981, when I was a miserably unhappy graduate student at MIT, one of my friends dragged me to a lecture by Harlan Ellison. I didn't want to go; I wasn't in the mood to listen to some rich, successful writer spout cliches. I was too busy wallowing in my career crisis. What I heard that night was an astonishing, 3 1/2-hour web of interlocking stories delivered at high speed and without notes, a positive frenzy of communication. His message was simple: Nothing less than your best should ever be good enough.
May 1, 1988
Ten Reasons for a Long TV and Movie Writers Strike: --Nothing is nobler than the struggle of the overpaid to be more overpaid. --It's refreshing to see a labor dispute where bread-and-butter issues are replaced by croissant-and-caviar issues. --The money for the poorest TV writer's salary will be freed to feed the entire nation of Ethiopia. --If it goes on long enough, bean-field workers will go out in sympathy for Harlan Ellison. --The average American may turn from watching TV six hours a day to reading, eventually replacing the networks with something new: literacy!
October 1, 2000
Re the cover story on James Cameron and his new TV series "Dark Angel" ("Hey, It's a Small World--and He's Adjusting," by Greg Braxton, Sept. 24): In the mid-1980s, author Harlan Ellison made some legal rumblings in Cameron's direction concerning the similarity between the story line of "The Terminator" and stories Ellison had written years earlier. As a result, video versions of the film contain an added line in the credits "acknowledging" the work of Ellison. Now comes the news that "Dark Angel" will follow the adventures of a young, "genetically enhanced" superhuman female, working as a messenger in a future America that has undergone social breakdown.
July 7, 1991 |
Anyone who's seen either the original "Terminator" or "Terminator 2" knows the cyborg from the future is practically unstoppable. As though snuffing out dozens of people while raking in millions at the box office isn't enough, it turns out he can do one more thing: remove screen credits. At least that's what Edgar Award-winning writer Harlan Ellison thinks. And he ought to know. It's his credit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1994 |
The eager, sober-faced audience knew they were in for it when Harlan Ellison asked how many of his listeners fancied themselves writers. More than half the crowd of about 160 people shifting uncomfortably on hard chairs in a room at the Warner Center Marriott raised their hands. Ellison, who has written stories about people caught flat-footed and slack-jawed in the face of unexpected danger, paused a moment, perhaps to allow the weaker-willed people time to flee before he pounced.
September 20, 1988 |
"Artists are damn fools and deserve what they get. They deserve to be ripped off and beaten down. They deserve to be used and to make millions for others. They deserve it because they are stupid and naive." With characteristic irreverence, novelist and screenwriter Harlan Ellison delivered a fulmination Saturday during "A Day's Pay for a Day's Art."