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Thread: Harlan Ellison Passes Away at 84

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    I'm a regular reader of Mark Evanier's blog and he has an interesting (if not a little difficult to interpret) write up about Ellison. If you're not familiar with Evanier, he's a writer (comics and TV, mostly) and has known/befriended/worked with a lot of well-known people over the years. I've always found him to be interesting and very down-to-earth in the stories he chooses to pass on about his friendships with people we would call "famous". He tends to be a person that focuses on good things but he's not one to gush about anything good and he is always very, very delicate about anything that might be interpreted as negative. I know enough about Ellison's temperment to know he could be difficult and I find it interesting that even a complimentary and amiable dude like Evanier seems to be struggling a bit to not step in something while he dances around it.

    https://www.newsfromme.com/2018/06/2...ellison-r-i-p/

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    Did you see the DC Comics Batman 66 Special? They turned Ellison's unused script into a comic with bonus features. I have heard they wanted to use Clint Eastwood for the character but the comic seems to use Lyle Waggoner as Two-Face. Funny because Lyle auditioned for the part of Batman.


    http://comicbook.com/2014/10/17/how-...on-batman-66-/

    Quote Originally Posted by tjacwave50 View Post
    He also had given a script for an episode of the 1966 Batman tv show with Two Face as the criminal, the episodes were to be called, "The Two Way Crimes of Two Face" but it got shelved and from what I understand had a falling out with Dozier over it and left ABC.

    That's to bad since it sounded like an interesting story line, if they ended up creating the episode, I'd be curious to know
    who would have played Two Face? I'm thinking since this story line was nixed, maybe the False Face character was substituted?
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    sad news. no matter what you thought about the man and his personality, you cannot argue the raw talent. RIP!

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    Having read Ellison's original "City" script, I have to say I still prefer the episode as filmed. Yeah, Scotty wasn't dealing drugs as Roddenberry often claimed, but the worst aspect was Kirk's indecisiveness at the crucial moment when Edith Keeler dies. If it had been filmed as originally written, Kirk's character and position as hero of the series would have been neutered for all time.

    But, having said all that, I'm sure, as others have said, Ellison would be quite angry that his death dug up more Star Trek talk. He was of course a talented writer, and a force to be reckoned with behind the type writer, and in public. RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makernaut View Post
    I'm a regular reader of Mark Evanier's blog and he has an interesting (if not a little difficult to interpret) write up about Ellison. If you're not familiar with Evanier, he's a writer (comics and TV, mostly) and has known/befriended/worked with a lot of well-known people over the years. I've always found him to be interesting and very down-to-earth in the stories he chooses to pass on about his friendships with people we would call "famous". He tends to be a person that focuses on good things but he's not one to gush about anything good and he is always very, very delicate about anything that might be interpreted as negative. I know enough about Ellison's temperment to know he could be difficult and I find it interesting that even a complimentary and amiable dude like Evanier seems to be struggling a bit to not step in something while he dances around it.

    https://www.newsfromme.com/2018/06/2...ellison-r-i-p/
    Wow, that was classy and provacative at the same time. He was a complicated dude.

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    I guess this was the last of the Greats of the golden era?
    I grew up with Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, Clark, etc, they were trusted friends who rarely disappointed. I was reading them at the age of twelve, and they taught me more than any school book ever did. When I met a new English teacher, he often said "are you repeating this year?". "No." "How come you know all this?" My stock answer was always a list of these men. I learned English so I could read their books.
    Good solid SF, before the age of "bigger and better". I still have full shelves of their work.
    Feels odd not to have them around, felt the same when Christopher Lee died.
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    "When things are at their darkest, it's a brave man that can kick back and party."

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    I noticed Mark Evanier shared a neat story about Harlan Ellison at Comic-Con in 1981 that involves Julius Schwartz and a Batman story that Ellison (eventually) wrote. Has a pretty cool quote from Ray Bradbury about Ellison, too (or at least its attributed to Bradbury).

    https://www.newsfromme.com/2018/06/3...ellison-story/

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