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MARCH 11, 2009 1:22AM

On Writing - Harlan Ellison - Pay the Writer

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Many time Hugo and Nebula Awards winner Harlan Ellison is co-author of I, Robot (with Isaac Asimov) as well as the critically acclaimed I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, and The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World. During his first day as a writer for Disney Studios, Harlan Ellison was fired for jokingly suggesting that a porn Disney flick be made.

Harlan Ellison - Pay the Writer Time 3:24

 

“Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.”

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“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.”

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I am so glad that Harlan Ellison exists in this world. He is one of my faves and his anger is justified, and he expresses it on behalf of all writers. I've seen this before, but every time I watch it I feel like standing up and cheering.Words for writers to live by.
Wow does he sound like me when you get him going. (or I sound like him!)
I have the complete anthology and have read it all. He is a great idea man AND a great writer, a combination that is rare.

A lot of great writers do not have great ideas, and the best sci-fi writers are usually terrible terrible writers.

Exceptions:

Harlon Ellison, uses words like a sharp weapon, Occam's instrument
Steven King, reads like drinking water
Micheal Crighton, makes science accessible and fascinating

Three of my favorite writers.
I still count a couple of his short stories as the scariest, creepiest, most nightmareish stories I've ever read.
Emma, he has been quite litigious, pursuing (and winning) several lawsuits over copyright infringement. Every victory for him is a victory for all writers.
Michael, He's a pretty good role model as a ranter.
Elizabeth, agreed (except for the Stephen King part)
mer, he can get your skin crawling, can't he?

Thanks all.
"Everybody else might be an a-hole, but I'm not!"

Now I feel bad.
I want my DVD.

(thumbified for Ellisonification)
He is good for all writers. I can't believe they didn't even send him the DVD. Now, that would have been cheap publicity for them. Thanks for sharing with us.
It's ok, Wayne. Not everybody understands King.

Anyone who has tried to write as well as King in a universal mode and dialect gets how hard it is to do what he makes seem seamless.

It is easy to write for writers. He writes very complicated ideas and makes 8th grade reading level types read 1000 page novels.

He has done more for literacy and the love of reading than allother modern writers combined. Try his book, "On writing". or "Insomnia".
Shakespeare wrote in the vernacular of his time, with crede characters and senstionalist topice.

MacBeth was just Carrie set in a castle instead of a high school.

I am 1/3 jerking your chain, but 2/3 serious.
crede=crude

witches: anne rice
horny/bawdy housewives: witches of eastwich, desperate housewives
sword fights: everything action
kids killing themselves: oprah

We have nothing on Shakespeare. His dialog when performed in a natural tone is comic and accessible. So is that of King.

Why is it that intellectuals and Writers all seem to have to hate King as a requirement to be in the Real Writers and Academics club?

Is it because he is a disfigured cripple (Richard) or that he found the pulse of a nation?
Harlan came from the old school where editors religiously stiffed writers and try to pry them off with 'publicity'. I read this rant by him many times. Him and a couple of writers has the best advice for new writers: Never-sevenscore-never write for free. Even if they pay you $5.00 and a cup of coffee. It is the principle of the matter.

I would be published several times more by now if I would just 'do a favor for one of the small guys.' We'll that is why you're small. Am I supposed to give charity to someone who has no business skills? NWF!

Sadly, Harlan's career started when there were many markets buying short stories and articles. Dangerous Visions, which he edited, is the book that spurred me to write scifi. Vonnegut was asked if someone can have his job. He said no.
Does that make us "media sluts" here at OS?

Media sex addicts?

Media nymphomaniacs?

This was great, and enlightening. But I'm not Harlan Ellison, one of the greatest writers of all time, so I'm no threat to the publishing industry.

(And jokers don't want to pay for artwork, either. They just want you to give them paintings for free.)
I love Harlan Ellison. Love him. I only knew him as a writer, but now that I've seen this video - I PASSIONATELY love him. Maybe someday I will get published and get some publicity and randomly shout out his name. Just, you know, because.
For what it's worth, I count Stephen King among my greatest influences as a writer. When I publish my first novel, I will get both praised and braised for this very evident truth.
Now this is the kind of rant I enjoy.

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