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News item dated 29 June 2018

Harlan Ellison (1934-2018), US author, screenwriter, anthologist and controversialist whose fame extends well beyond the sf world and whose many trophies include seven Hugos and four Nebulas for short fiction (plus a further Hugo for his Star Trek script “The City on the Edge of Forever”), died in his sleep on 28 June; he was 84. His noted anthologies Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) both received special Worldcon awards, while even the non-appearance of The Last Dangerous Visions became legendary. Among his life achievement honours are the World Fantasy Award (1993), Bram Stoker Award (1996), SFWA Grand Master (2006) and SF Hall of Fame (2011).

Ellison’s flamboyant, hyperbolic, take-no-prisoners approach to life and literature won him much admiration and some enmity; the sf world is a drearier place without him.

Some early obituaries, tributes and memoirs are linked below. We do not link to US sites which refuse access from the UK.

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