Harlan was also listed for quite some time. And the book Jeff is thinking of is *Alone Against Tomorrow*, which is available in "redacted" form from Jason's site. I'm sure the redactions in question are all of those identifying numbers. There may be others, but I don't know about that.
music -- "I feel like a number ..." -- fade music
WTF and Andrew
Thanks to you both.
Especially to WTF. For mere initials you make a great mom.
ALSO Do I have Webderland friends in AZ? Anyone here hail from The Grand Canyon State?
I will not be pushed, stamped, filed, briefed, de-briefed, or numbered!
Well, except for my phone number...and my social security number...and my driver's license number...and my license plate...
Shit. I'm numbered all to hell.
Well, at least I've got my privacy.
Well, this was about 44 years or so ago, but, as far as I can remember, I simply called the Los Angeles Bell Telephone Directory Assistance. In one of his books - I think it MIGHT have been FROM THE LAND OF FEAR - he had an essay about how each person has sets of numbers attached to his life. If I recall, he gave his Army serial number, MAYBE his Social Security number, and then said something like, "If you need to reach me on the phone, I am..." and then gave that number. I didn't see that book until after I made the call. And, no, I never called a second time. Didn't see any point in pressing my luck.
Jason Davis-- Thank you for filling in the background information behind the Pyramid editions of Harlan's books. You aptly call them "the most Harlan-iest" editions of any of his books, and that's how I've I always felt about them. It's remarkable how just the right layout and design of a book can imprint itself on your memory and become virtually synonymous with the author himself. I particularly recall the list of Ellison books at the front of each Pyramid edition which listed those already in print and those that were forthcoming. The titles of the forthcoming books were incredibly tantalizing. Some of them were eventually published, others were not. But they certainly gave me something to look forward to.
Jeff R.-- How did you manage to get Harlan's phone number? I remember when I was briefly a teenage fanzine publisher and wanted to interview Lin Carter for my Tolkien fanzine. A friend told me he lived not far away in my own borough of Queens, so I just looked him up in the phone book and, voila, there he was. He generously gave me about 20 minutes of his time, and I let him know I was recording the conversation so I could transcribe and publish it in my zine. I must say that almost without exception the writers and editors I encountered as a teenage fan were exceptionally friendly and open to my inquiries and desire to schmooze with them. They generously gave me a lot of great memories.
"I expected more from a person like Josh Olson."
Really? From everything I've read, you were treated exactly as expected by a person like Josh Olson. Honestly, you are better off hanging around different company than that guy. Consider it your win.
Fritz Quadrata: The original Houghton Mifflin SHATTERDAY has a beautiful layout. You may have noticed that Subterranean Press duplicated it for their hardback editions of THE DEADLY STREETS and GENTLEMAN JUNKIE. (They may also have used that layout on DEATHBIRD STORIES as well, but I don't recall without looking.) SHATTERDAY was gorgeous, though; only THE ESSENTIAL ELLISON is similarly a pleasure to read.
Robert Nason: You should see Harlan's instructions for the Pyramid books. He wrote all the copy--the back cover, the splash page, even the copyright page--and he even designed the title pages. Those books are probably the Harlan-iest of ANY Ellison books, and I'm still annoyed that Jove bought Pyramid, prematurely ending the line. There were two more on the way, one of which was BRAIN MOVIES...which didn't come out until I did it in 2011.
Jeff R.: If Harlan listened to you and didn't hang up, whatever you said DID mean something to him. He wouldn't have given you ANY time, otherwise.
The Pyramid Editions
Yes indeed, those Pyramid paperback editions are super duper. They are wonderful, gem-like, those uniform editions. Last year, for the first time in my life, I read a previously-owned copy of Pyramid's PARTNERS IN WONDER, especially HE's collaboration with Robert Sheckley, " I See a Man Sitting on a Chair, and the Chair Is Biting His Leg" and his collaboration with Theodore Sturgeon, "Runesmith". Both stories are very enjoyable reading in the Pyramid editions. I'm tight with that.
Shameful True Confession
Robert, when I was about 15 -- too young to know any better -- I DID call him on the phone. "Sir, can I tell you what one of your stories did for me?" A long, irritated sigh, followed by, "Make it quick, will ya?" So I spent the next five minutes gushing. By the end, he had calmed down and quietly, gently thanked me for calling and told me to take care of myself. It meant nothing to him, nor should it have, but I shall never forget it.
Personally I love the Pyramid editions with the Dillon covers from the 1970s, but then that's when I first fell in love with the Ellisonian voice. And the color photos of Harlan on the back covers made him seem like the kind of writer you'd like to call on the phone, to paraphrase J.D. Salinger.
Pavilioneers, which title is your favorite layout of a Harlan Ellison book? Fonts / typefaces / spacing / dingbats.
I really like the hardbound SHATTERDAY.
Apologies for the mistype ... unfamiliar keyboard or somethin'.
Did you ever get hold of shagin? And did you thank Andrew for the guidance in doing so?
My second paragraph simply made explicit what was implicit in the first paragraph. Like Iceberg Slim, another former pimp, Charlie was a past master of game, as amply demonstrated by his ability to persuade women to murder, to persuade them to attempt to kill a President, and--even after his death--to persuade one of them to wear clothing that bears his likeness while patronizing the same coffee house that I do. The phenomenon is remarkable, so I remarked upon it.
Would it have been obnoxious to have written, "Say what you will about Genghis Kahn, he was a great general"? That he was responsible for the slaughter of ten percent of the human race does not negate his prowess as a military strategist, which which was approached only by that of Alexander the Great. Indeed, it was the latter that made the former possible.
Re: The offputting Charles Manson-related quip by KS-
“Say what you will about Charlie, the man had serious game.”
I’m too hungry a fish not to hit on that fat bait. But that’s what it looked like. Bait. Is why I gobbled. And I spat it back out because I am not entirely lacking for taste. And know I know me-I’d just get all stupid with it.
And can we assume that your comment translates to “Whatever you may say about Charles Manson is somehow balanced out by whatever positive trait which they might possess.
So, with a yucky taste in my mind, I ask myself:
“What would Harlan say?” (There should be just such a bracelet. WWHS?)
I’m not sure what he would say. Or have said. Maybe nada.
Maybe: First he’d upbraid us for not chiming in ahead of him. Then perhaps he’d say something along the lines of “How about not leaving that one wiggling on the table sans garnish, Hoss.” OR “You need to back up your seemingly-provocative, and/or obnoxious statement.”
He might yell. Sling some brutal slang. Unleash a tirade of vicious verbal Krav Maga. Maybe nada.
Otherwise it’s simply some awful thing placed there to evoke exactly what one might expect it to evoke. Like an ugly shirt, on a hot mama.
So I encourge you to pipe up with it, KS. Be interesting.
Are there two different "Jeff R."s now?
Interesting choice of a title
I thought this was odd: a book I noticed today while browsing the "just ordered" section of my local library's website. It's called "A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World," by some guy I've never heard of, and as the title suggests takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, and involves a missing dog.
The link is to the library website; I haven't tried looking it up at Kirkus or the major online book retailer. I know you can't copyright book titles--look no farther than "Blood's a Rover," for example--and perhaps the only similarities are superficial. Still seems kinda nervy, though. Or maybe it's just me.
Went to an SF convention in my early twenties and vowed never to make *that* mistake again. Easy to understand why writers such as Heinlein only attended them when they were up for an award. Fandom is cancer.
Robert and Kenneth:
When you go to a horror movie convention and you see two or three dealers selling, and a few asshole teenagers wearing, Charles Manson T-shirts, you start wondering if you should find another hobby.
Manson was the ultimate bad boy. Apparently that never gets old.
How much more disturbing is the outbreak of swastikas, Nazi slogans, and anti-Semitic words and deeds all over the country, particularly on college campuses, God help us.
A long time ago being crazy meant something
There's a girl around town who's a!ways wearing various items of clothing that bear Charles Manson's likeness. She's not half bad looking, either.
Say what you will about Charlie, the man had serious game.
Janet Asimov R.I.P.
Janet and Isaac are reunited, somewhere out there in the great cosmos…with Harlan and Carl most probably preparing some sort of mischievous prank to welcome her:
Dear Lurking One:
It's really not hard for me to believe thst he once earned a living as a bricklayer. However, some of his OTHER tales, down through the decades... well, I just don't know...
The new cocky
Some are perceived as imps not worth dealing with.