About a week ago, Lizzy shared her home library of Neil Gaiman books. Now it’s my turn.
The author I always snap up whenever I see his books in a store is the inimitable Harlan Ellison. Known primarily as a science fiction writer, Ellison has written pretty much every genre known to man or beast. Though he only has four full length novels under his belt, his 50+ year career of short fiction, essay, and commentary writing could put almost all of the masters to shame.
Harlan is opinionated and not afraid to tell you what he thinks… about anything. Because of this fact, sometimes the introductions to his books are more entertaining than the stories themselves. He’s lived enough life for at least three of you or me. He’s marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stood up (and mouthed off) to Frank Sinatra, and always fought for what he believed in through words and actions (once, by mailing a dead gopher to a publisher who wronged him).
The three shelves you see contain several editions of Harlan’s works (including that October, 1967 issue of Playboy Magazine, purchased only for the publication of one of his stories, I swear!).
Did I mention that Harlan is friends with Lizzy’s favorite, Neil Gaiman? No wonder she and I work so well together!
For an entertaining intro to Harlan’s work and personality, I recommend the documentary, Dreams With Sharp Teeth (turn the volume down, his language can be crude).
Show us pictures of your personal libraries! ^KE