Refresh for updates Fittingly, the reactions so far to the death of writer Harlan Ellison came mainly from the community that he was immersed in for most of his career – the science-fiction writers, filmmakers, critics, punks, artists and comic creators that worshipped him as a literary idol.
The comments were honest, sometimes brutally so, but mostly funny, capturing the irascible Ellison as someone who loved provoking the world as he moved through it.
Here are some reactions so far:
RIP Harlan Ellison, who left us with the single greatest quote ever:
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are only entitled to your informed opinion.”
— Paul Guyot (@Fizzhogg) June 28, 2018
I once asked Harlan Ellison how many books and stories he hadn't had time to write because he just had to fuck around and pick a giant fight over every little thing.
He said, "Sure, but you can't let the bastards get away with it."
— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) June 28, 2018
Feisty, furious, yet extraordinarily kind and generous; Harlan Ellison was one of a kind. He was family to us Maltins and our hearts go out to his incredible wife Susan. The world will be a duller place without him. #RIPHarlanEllison pic.twitter.com/EaSF1iEOmX
— Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) June 28, 2018
Harlan Ellison died.
He was combative, cantankerous, loved drama, sued people frequently.
But he had great taste as an editor (so much so he almost single-handedly moved SF forward as an art form with one anthology), talent as a writer, and penned some memorable comics. pic.twitter.com/8Q6jEiuXRo
— Patch Zircher (@PatrickZircher) June 28, 2018
My heart is broken. Off to gather what few thoughts I can for awhile.
What an awful day.
Harlan Ellison is dead.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 28, 2018
I bumped into Harlan Ellison at a WGA meeting during the 80s. I do mean bumped into him… causing him to spill a cup of water on himself. Before I could apologize, he smiled and asked: “How’s it going?” In art and life, Harlan Ellison personified the unexpected.
— Alan Spencer (@MrAlanSpencer) June 28, 2018
Sad to report that the great writer Harlan Ellison passed away in his sleep last night. I will miss him deeply.
— Janis Ian (@therealjanisian) June 28, 2018
When I was in my early 20s devouring Ellison books, I was always impressed by the fact that Harlan's introductions to his short stories were as engaging as the stories themselves. Sometimes more! He seemed to pour the entirety of himself into everything he wrote.
— J.M. DeMatteis (@JMDeMatteis) June 28, 2018