Harlan Jay Ellison was one of the most prolific and outspoken writers in the world and it’s been confirmed that he died today at the age of 84.
Ellison rose to fame in the 50’s writing science fiction stories for pulp magazines as well as EC Comics. In the 60’s he took his talent from New York to California where he started writing for television on series like The Flying Nun, Route 66, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Outer Limits and Star Trek. He has a brief stint at The Walt Disney Studios (one day) and continued to write both fiction and non-fiction works throughout his career.
Ellison’s short story A Boy and His Dog was made into a feature film starring Don Johnson and his script for the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” is considered one of the best episodes of the series.
Ellison was prolific, opinionated, outspoken and brutally honest and his presence in the world of science fiction will be missed.