Harlan Ellison, born in America 1934, was a prolific sci-fi creator. His work includes a number of short stories, essays, novellas, and writing credits on the television shows The Outer Limits and Star Trek. The short stories found in his collection Paingod and Other Delusions present a good example of the variety of his work; ranging from the fantastic and surreal titular Paingod, which follows the adventure of the deity of pain as it comes to question it's purpose in the universe, to the meticulously scheduled society of Repent, Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman where any tardiness is punished by having the lost time docked from the end your life. Ellison mixes surrealism, science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction together with the skills of a gifted artist, and paints his worlds with a brush of social commentary.
This 1965 collection contains eight short stories, each with their own introduction by the author. In addition there are two introductions to the collection, the original introduction plus a newer one written in 1974. In 150 odd pages Ellison conjoures a number of worlds and characters, and takes the reader on journeys and adventures that will stick in your mind like splinters giving you cause to think more carefully about events and situations you may have idly brushed off before.
Despite Repent, Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman being generally considered as one of his finest works, my personal favourite in this collection was The Crackpots, a story that looks at the line between sanity and madness and asks "So which side am I on really?"
- Format: Kindle Edition
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- Print Length: 196 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (1 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J90EMRY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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