In today’s very sad news department, writer and editor Harlan Ellison has died at the age of 84.
His persona was outspoken and controversial, but he was recognized as one of the finest writers of his generation. His work received Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Georges Méliès, Edgar Allan Poe, World Fantasy, Writers Guild of America, and Silver Pen awards. He was named a Grand Master by SFWA, and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association.
He created over 1500 works across a variety of formats, including short stories, novellas, TV scripts, and essays. Many people consider the episode “The City on the Edge of Forever,” derived from his script, to be the best episode of the original Star Trek series. The Dangerous Visions anthology series, which he edited, was important in the New Wave science fiction movement of the 1960s.