Slippage: Previously Uncollected, Precariously Poised Stories [NOOK Book]


Over the course of his legendary career, Harlan Ellison has de?ed-and sometimes de?ned-modern fantasy literature, all while refusing to allow any genre to claim him. A Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association as well as winner of countless awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker, Ellison is as unpredictable as he is unique, irrepressible as he is infuriating. E-Reads is proud to publish over ...
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Over the course of his legendary career, Harlan Ellison has de?ed-and sometimes de?ned-modern fantasy literature, all while refusing to allow any genre to claim him. A Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association as well as winner of countless awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker, Ellison is as unpredictable as he is unique, irrepressible as he is infuriating. E-Reads is proud to publish over thirty titles in Ellison’s brilliant catalog, now available in an elegant new package featuring Ellison himself. Genius never felt so combustible.
Harlan Ellison celebrates four decades of writing and publishes his seventieth book with this critically acclaimed, wildly imaginative and outrageously creative collection. The award-winning novella "Mefisto in Onyx" is the centerpiece of this brilliant collection which also includes screenplays, an Introduction by the author, interspersed segments of autobiographical narrative and such provocatively titled entries as "The Man Who Rowed Columbus Ashore," "Anywhere But Here, With Anybody But You," "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich," "Chatting With Anubis," "The Dragon on the Bookshelf," (written in collaboration with Robert Silverberg) "The Dreams a Nightmare Dreams," "Pulling Hard Time," and "Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral." 
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ever-provocative Ellison is at the top of his form in these 21 stories and essays, dynamiting fault lines where the fantastic erupts into the everyday and jolting interfaces between the mythic and the mundane. None of the characters in this outstanding collection is invulnerable to slippage, that sudden disorienting sense that "the universe shifted over one notch": not the fugitive criminals who discover that they can't escape a rendezvous with the supernatural in "Sensible City"; not the dinosaurs made extinct by extraterrestrials in "The Dreams a Nightmare Dreams"; not even the gods no one believes in any more in "Chatting with Anubis." Ellison's loquacious protagonists are so personable, and their lives and appetites so appealingly ordinary, that one is easily beguiled into accepting their outrageous revelationsfor example, that life's random injustices are the work of cosmic string-pullers on a lark, as in "The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore," or that computers are a vampiric life form that feed through our fingertips, as in "Keyboard." An antic spirit pervades most of the stories; but even when playing the court jester, Ellison can be deadly earnest, hurling barbed commentaries dripping with insight. "Mephisto in Onyx" explores racial prejudice through its conceit of a black mind-reader summoned to interrogate a white serial killer. "The Few, The Proud" and "Pulling Hard Time" are sardonic inquiries into social hypocrisy that divulge the true motives of men hailed by the public as heroes or vilified as villains. Ellison has purged his writing of the excesses and indulgences that burdened the stories in Angry Candy 1988. These newer efforts are, by contrast, as sleek and on-target as a cruise missile. FYI: Slippage was previously published in a limited edition by Mark Ziesing.
Library Journal
Having won too many awards to list here, veteran Ellison collects several small gems: "Mefisto in Onyx," called his "best work in years" LJ 12/93 when it was published in an expanded version two years ago; "The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore," which appeared in The Best Short Stories 1993; and "Keyboard," based on a theme suggested by Robin Williams.
Kirkus Reviews
"The world seems precarious to me now," the prodigiously productive Ellison (more than 65 books, including some 1,700 short stories) notes in his introduction to this collection of 21 previously uncollected science-fiction/fantasy tinged tales, "everything changes so fast, and no one remembers anything." Change is a recurrent element in these typically gruff, exuberant pieces, as is the conviction that humans possess an extraordinary range of talents and powers, few of which we thoroughly exploit. In "Go Toward the Light," for instance, a cynical "Timedrifter," who travels back and forward in time as part of a government research project, finds his long-ignored faith stirred by an encounter with a priest in ancient Palestine. Ellison's ability to inject fantastic elements into otherwise grimly realistic situations is powerfully on display in "Mefisto in Onyx," a gritty, terse, deeply disturbing novella about the encounter of a black psychic and a white serial killer on death row. Ellison, 63, needn't worry too much. It's likely that the best of his tales, mingling fantasy and grim, angry realism in a distinctive mix, will be remembered for a long time to come. A varied and powerful collection.
From the Publisher

"Hums with a relentless narrative drive." The New York Times

"One of our finest short story writers, regardless of Genre." The San Francisco Chronicle

"Equal parts funny, brazen, sarcastic, and sacrilegious." Dallas Morning News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497604322
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 583,283
  • File size: 737 KB

Meet the Author

Harlan Ellison has been called “one of the great living American short story writers” by the Washington Post. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has won more awards for the 74 books he has written or edited, more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, the two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures he has created, then any other living fantasist. He has won the Hugo award eight and a half times (shared once); the Nebula award three times; the Bram Stoker award, presented by the Horror Writers Association, five times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996); the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America twice; the Georges Melies fantasy film award twice; two Audie Awards (for the best in audio recordings); and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by P.E.N., the international writer’s union. He was presented with the first Living Legend award by the International Horror Critics at the 1995 World Horror Convention. He is also the only author in Hollywood ever to win the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding teleplay (solo work) four times, most recently for “Paladin of the Lost Hour” his Twilight Zone episode that was Danny Kaye’s final role, in 1987. In 2006, Ellison was awarded the prestigious title of Grand Master by the SFWA. "Dreams With Sharp Teeth," the special documentary chronicling his life and works, was released on DVD in May 2009. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Read Slippage, well, read Ellison

    While I enjoyed the gestalt of Angry Candy more than this book, this is still a worthy book. 'Columbus' recalls the best of 'Angry Candy', 'Anubis' and 'Cathedral' recall the reasons you enjoyed 'Deathbird Stories'. Ellison has won a lot of awards, blah blah blah. and there is obviously a reason for this, even when the stories are not from the best parts of his brain, the language is palpable and hard to ignore. The best evidence is that, after reading many of his collections i discovered the joys of his introduction essays. Giving me another excuse to look back at past works. wonderful author, recommended book.

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