One of Science Fiction’s interesting characters claims that he is dying and will say goodbye to everyone at the MadCon SF convetion (Madison, Wisconson).
There will be many people who will say “It’s about time!” Harlan is not well liked. He is a very good writer, although probably not as good as he thinks. He is very outspoken and is famous for being obnoxious and insulting.
I am guessing that this is just something that came to Harlan on a whim. We are all dying, just some of us are a little closer to that final event. He may actually be sick, although I hope not. SF needs more color commentary of the kind Harlan Ellison is good at. I hope that he goes on annoying people for many years.
If you don’t recognize the name, Harlan Ellison wrote, among other things, the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever”, which, in my opinion, is one of the top 5 Star Trek episodes in the whole franchise. It may be the best, depending on how I am feeling on any one day.
Harlan Ellison wrote many great Short Stories in the 60s and 70s and edited a series of collections called Dangerous Visions. Ellison’s stories and the stories he selected for Dangerous Visions were extremely influential in the genre. Few people can claim to have altered the essence of SF.
It’s too bad he’s such an asshole, even if he is a genius asshole.