Harlan Ellison

1934 - 2018

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Harlan Jay Ellison (May 27, 1934 – June 28, 2018) was an American writer, known for his prolific and influential work in New Wave speculative fiction and for his outspoken, combative personality. Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho, described Ellison as "the only living organism I know whose natural habitat is hot water."His published works include more than 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, and a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. Some of his best-known works include the 1967 Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" (he subsequently wrote a book about the experience that includes his original screenplay), his A Boy and His Dog cycle, and his short stories "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" and "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harlan Ellison has received more than 2,362,806 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Harlan Ellison is the 2,138th most popular writer (up from 2,272nd in 2019), the 2,673rd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,684th in 2019) and the 260th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Harlan Ellison ranks 2,138 out of 5,794Before him are Irvine Welsh, Zbigniew Herbert, Sait Faik Abasıyanık, Leopoldo Alas, Pavel Bermondt-Avalov, and Nguyễn Du. After him are Anne McCaffrey, Álvaro Mutis, Bernard Palissy, Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Ahmad ibn Arabshah, and André Frossard.

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Among people born in 1934, Harlan Ellison ranks 135Before him are Kate Millett, Eileen Atkins, Jacques Loussier, Lucien Muller, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, and Garry Marshall. After him are Vladimir Posner, Pierre Clastres, Tony Hoare, Dionigi Tettamanzi, Jean Chrétien, and Tatiana Samoilova. Among people deceased in 2018, Harlan Ellison ranks 119Before him are Richard Pipes, Joseph Joffo, Lisbeth Palme, Eunice Gayson, Oliver Dragojević, and Maria Bueno. After him are Oleg Tabakov, Margot Kidder, Azeglio Vicini, Ola Ullsten, Raymond Chow, and Sergio Marchionne.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harlan Ellison ranks 2,673 out of 15,968Before him are Paul Bremer (1941), Jane Lynch (1960), Lindsay Wagner (1949), Edwin Sutherland (1883), Katie Holmes (1978), and Matthew Fox (1966). After him are Anne McCaffrey (1926), Scatman Crothers (1910), Arthur Kennedy (1914), Jill St. John (1940), Fess Parker (1924), and Jeffrey Hunter (1926).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Harlan Ellison ranks 260Before him are Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809), Chuck Palahniuk (1962), Winston Groom (1943), Erle Stanley Gardner (1889), Robert Jordan (1948), and Ida Tarbell (1857). After him are Anne McCaffrey (1926), William Peter Blatty (1928), August Derleth (1909), Alfred Bester (1913), John Barth (1930), and David Eddings (1931).