HE wins breach of contract suit
On Monday October 6th in the Bankrupcy Court for the District of California,
Central, Courtroom 301, the Honorable Kathleen Thompson Lax awarded
an additional 72,000 dollars to Harlan due to breach of contract by
Heimdale Film Corporation. Heimdale produced the original Terminator,
directed by James Cameron. HE sued Heimdale due to likenesses to his
short story "Soldier" and comments by Mr. Cameron that the
movie was based on that story, and was awarded an initial 72,000 dollars
in this successful suit. By a 1985 agreement with HE, Heimdale placed
an acknowledgement to Harlan's works at the end of the movie. In 1991,
when the film switched distributors, someone (rumored to be James Cameron
himself) went into the telecine bay and pulled the credit. Subsequent
releases of the movie on video and TV did not contain the acknowledgement.
Harlan asks that this information be disseminated as widely as possible.
A MAJOR REQUEST FROM HARLAN
Harlan needs a copy of the 2nd SFBC edition of I, ROBOT: THE ILLUSTRATED
SCREENPLAY. If you have any information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the request in his own words...
A MAJOR REQUEST DIRECT FROM HARLAN
We keep exhaustive chronological records of publication date of all
my appearances in print. And copies of all those books and magazines,
arranged by date for Leslie Swigart's bibliography.
But frequently, a foreign publisher or even an American house will issue
something of mine...and not send me the copies required by our contract.
Then, we have to go scrambling--usually via innocent attendees at my
autographing sessions, who find me trying to wrest some ratty old book
club edition away from them--just so we can maintain an error-free record.
It also helps when I need to trace royalty statements, to see if we're
Well, the hardest to obtain are usually the subsequent printings of
SCIENCE FICTION BOOK CLUB editions. And we now discover that we're missing
a second printing of the SFBC hardcover edition of I, ROBOT.
First printing of the SF Book Club edition was 17 January 1995. We have
that one. But there was a second printing in November of 1995. The book
went out of print on 7 March 1997. There are no copies of that second
printing left in the warehouses of SFBC. So I'm turning to anyone out
there who can help us. We need a copy of that second printing. We need
The problem is this: the Book Club, which used to be an arm of Doubleday,
no longer owns its own printing presses, and now has its books printed
in several venues. That means the code letters that appeared--for more
than 30 years--in the gutter of pages at the back of the books...no
longer exists. So we cannot ascertain in what ways THE SECOND PRINTING
DIFFERES FROM THE FIRST in sufficient clarity to differentiate. We have
the 1st, but we don't know how to tell you what visual differences would
identify a 2nd. All we can know for sure is that anyone who ordered
and received a copy of I, THE ROBOT: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY from
the Science Fiction Book Club between, say, November 1, 1995 and March
7, 1997 PROBABLY got a 2nd printing. That seems a rational assumption.
So. If you got a copy between those two dates, and you want to help
me out, I will substitute either a FIRST EDITION SFBC edition, or some
other hard-to-get out of print Ellison title as a thank you for the
relinquishment of your 2nd printing. And since that SFBC edition isn't
valuable to anyone but me, at the moment, you will come out of the exchange
smelling like a rose.
A suggestion. Check your bankbook records. If you wrote the check, or
used the credit card or in some other way maintained a record--no matter
how vague--that indicates you got your book between the dates noted
above, please let us know by way of this website and our friend Rick
Wyatt. Give him your phone number and I'll give you a call and try
to go over the cover and interior points of our respective editions,
to see if you've got a winner. That ought to save you any postage.
Please, no clowns who think it'd be cool to get me to call them. Let's
keep this strictly business. I haven't the time to screw around with
idiot jokers. You know who you are.
So. Send name, address, and phone number--I might want to just drop
you a line--and get them to Rick at this website...and maybe we can
be of assistance to each other. Thank you in advance.
Tom Snyder Show rescheduled to 09/24
Harlan's appearance on THE LATE, LATE SHOW w/ Tom Snyder
was bumped due to scheduling problems on the show associated with the
massive coverage of Princess Diana's death and funeral. Harlan will
instead appear on the 24th of September. The show airs on CBS, check
your local listings for time.
HE LIVE on AOL
Sean Doorly (email@example.com),
Senior Producer of The Book Report
on AOL, reports that Harlan Ellison
will be their author guest on Wednesday, September 17th. The interview
will take place at 8:00 PM Eastern. The Book Report can be reached on
AOL using keyword TBR, those without AOL access can wait for
a transcript here on Webderland a few days later.
This is a big news day, folks, be sure and read on down to the next
pretty blue line!
The Harlan Ellison / SLIPPAGE West Coast Tour
Saturday, August 23rd, 2:00-5:00pm: Signing
at DANGEROUS VISIONS bookstore, 13563 Ventura Blvd.,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. (818) 986-6963
Monday, September 8th: Appearing on THE LATE, LATE
SHOW w/ Tom Snyder on CBS. Check your local listings
Tuesday, September 11th, 7:00-8:30pm: Signing and Reading
at BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.
Saturday, September 13th: Appearing on WEST
COAST LIVE radio show with Sedge Thompson, KQED Radio, San
Francisco (and carried by NPR). The show will be taped
on this date - check your local listings for airdate.
Sunday, September 14th, 2:00-4:00pm: Signing at DARK
CARNIVAL, 3086 Claremont Avenue, Berkely, CA 94705. (510)
Monday, September 15th, 6:30-8:30pm: Signing
and Reading at THE BOOKSMITH, 1644 Haight Street, San
Francisco, CA 94117. (415) 863-8688. The store will issue another
HE trading card for this event. Also check out the detailed information
from The Booksmith at the end of this tour listing
Monday, September 22nd, 7:30-9:00pm: Signing and Q&A Session
at WARWICK'S BOOKSTORE, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla,
CA. (619) 454-0347
Mid-to-Late September: Appearing on BETWEEN THE LINES
on PBS Television. Not seen in LA area, check your local listings
for date and area. We do know it's shown in San Francisco, Philadelphia,
WHAT TO DO IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND A STOP ON THE TOUR
(1) Please confirm times & dates with the stores.
(2) The first 100 customers who buy $30.00 or more of Ellison books
will be given a full color EDGEWORKS bookplate.
This is only while stocks last.
(3) Many of the bookstores offer mail order, so if you can't attend
one of the signings, just give them a call.
(4) If you would like to be kept up-to-date on any further signings
and TV appearances, just send a self-addressed stamped envelope marked
SLIPPAGE TOUR and if the HERC adds any further signings they'll let
you know. Send to the HERC address from Webderland's Contact
Details on THE BOOKSMITH appearance
This came my way via firstname.lastname@example.org:
Harlan Ellison will be returning to The Booksmith in San Francisco
for a reading & booksigning on September 15th at 6:30 pm
Back in 1994, Ellison spent a day at The Booksmith writing in our store
window. Prompted by comedian Robin Williams, Ellison spent his time
here alternately being inspired, writing, and talking with customers.
At the end of the day, Ellison read his newly completed story, "The
Byte that Bites" (now called "Keyboard"), before an enthuiastic
audience numbering in the hundreds. Ellison's new book, Slippage,
contains the short story he wrote at our store in 1994.
The Booksmith has set up a special Ellison page highlighting the new
and out-of-print books and spoken word recordings available by Ellison.
The page is located at http://www.booksmith.com/cosmikdebris/ellison.html.
Autographed copies (available at no extra charge) of any of the books
listed on that page may be ordered prior to Ellison's appearance. Any
orders placed prior to September 15th will receive two Harlan Ellison
trading cards created exclusively by The Booksmith. And as an added
bonus, the first 100 customers - including internet customers - who
buy $30.00 or more of Ellison's books/cassettes/compact discs/comic
books will also receive a signed, limited printing bookplate.
1644 Haight Street (between Clayton & Cole)
San Francisco, California 94117
(800) 493-7323 -- phone
(415) 863-2540 -- fax
EDGEWORKS SERIES OVERVIEW RELEASED
Harlan and White Wolf have released a semi-official order for the upcoming
books in the Edgeworks Series. You can read the list on Webderland's
New Releases Page. Harlan also notes that
while the second volume in each series is scheduled for November they
may convert this to October so they can try to go to a three-volumes-a-year
pace. This pace is impossible to meet at this time, but keep your
fingers crossed for the near future! Also of note - the EDGEWORKS
series should be appearing in trade paperbacks soon, probably in the
latter part of 1998.
For EDGEWORKS #4, featuring Love Ain't Nothing
But Sex Misspelled and The Beast That Shouted Love
At the Heart of the World, Harlan has pulled 4 pieces which
are appearing in other EDGEWORKS volumes and has inserted two never-before-collected
pieces, a short story Passport and a teleplay based on the
story Ormond Always Pays His Bills. As always, Harlan
will write a completely new introduction for the volume.
HE'S "Top 10,000" SF Books
In response to a Webderland visitor's request for "HE'S
Top Ten Favorite Sci-Fi Books", Harlan came up with what he calls
the Beginning of Harlan Ellison's Top 10,000 Books of Science Fiction,
Fantasy, and Horror. HE loathes "Top
Ten" lists, but regardless this is what he came up with (not in
any particular order aside from the first two which should be given
ANYTHING by Gerald Kersh
ANYTHING by Kate Wilhelm
Doctor Rat by William Kotzwinkle
The Far Arena by Richard Ben Sapir
Thorns by Robert Silverburg
The Time Stream by John Taine
Fade by Robert Cormier
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley
The Mountain Made of Light, Fire and Ice, and The
Summit (trilogy) by Edward Myers
Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
The Green Mile by Stephen King
The Humanoids by Jack Williamson
The Long Afternoon of Earth by Brian Aldiss
As a bonus, here is also the list of Foreign Authors Harlan mentioned
as notable on the Sci-Fi Buzz:
Christer Swahn: Sweden - The Island Through the Gate,
Bertil Martensson: Sweden - not translated into English
Luisa Valenzuela: Argentina - Clara, Open Door,
The Lizard's Tail
Köbo Abé: Japan - The Box Man, Inter Ice Age
Terry Dowling: Australia - Blue Tyson
Russell Blackburn: Australia - War Crimes,
Lucy Sussex, Sean McMullen, Russell Blackburn, and Leigh Ann
HE TO BE PUBLISHED IN RUSSIAN
Ron Trout (email@example.com)
informs me that Polaris Press in Latvia will soon be issuing an authorized
3-volume set of Ellison's work, translated into Russian by Andrei Novikov.
This is noteworthy as previously there was only one work of Harlan's
in Russian and that was a poorly-translated pirate publication.
GLASSNEWS STORY DELAYED
Dr. Mark E. Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org),
editor of Collector Glass News, says that the Harlan Ellison
story will not appear in the magazine until the next issue in September.
Those who have already paid for the current issue will receive it along
with a note that they will receive the story when available. For
more information, call (412) 946-2838 or surf to http://www.glassnews.com
BABYLON 5 RENEWED FOR FIFTH SEASON
Just in case you've been living under a rock for the past few
weeks, I'll let you know that the television show Babylon 5,
the love-child of good HE friend Joe Straczynski, has been renewed for
a fifth and final season. Harlan is Creative Consultant on the
show and recently appeared in a brief cameo as a PsiCop in the episode
"The Face of the Enemy".
GET ABAHD ON DVD
has seen the movie version of Harlan's A Boy and His Dog available
on DVD via Lumivision for from $19.95 to $29.95. The movie is
in wide-screen format and includes original and reissue theatrical trailers
and liner notes from an interview with LQ Jones and Harlan. The
product number is Lumivision DVD1197.
WHAT IS JOKES WITHOUT PUNCHLINES
People keep asking me what the hell this book is.
Well, White Wolf put out a small promotional chapbook by this name at
an ABA convention in Chicago. There are only three pieces in it:
The Cheese Stands Alone, Sensible City, and How
to Make Life Interesting. Only 400 copies were printed.
HARLAN CANCELS WORLDCON APPEARANCE
Harlan was originally scheduled to make an appearance at WorldCon in
San Antonio, Texas. HE was appearing from 12-2 pm on Sunday, August
31st to speak and sign, and was also bringing copies of SLIPPAGE and
EDGEWORKS 3. Due to problems related to his being scheduled for multiple
panel sessions without volunteering or being asked, and then scheduled
for more even after he explained once that he didn't have time to do
them, Harlan has decided not to attend the convention.
UPCOMING APPEARANCES ON WEST COAST
The following is a list of Harlan Ellison's scheduled appearances over
the next six weeks:
SATURDAY AUGUST 23
Dangerous Visions Bookstore, Sherman Oaks, CA - signing SLIPPAGE.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Appearing on the Late Late show with Tom Snyder (check local listings)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Appearing on POLITICALLY INCORRECT, ABC (again, check local listings)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Signing at Book Soup in Hollywood, CA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Appearing on West Coast Live radio show with Sedge Thompson
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Signing and reading at Booksmith in San Francisco
Missing your copy of the Paladin of the Last Hour
Due to the delays forced on the Ellison's in getting Harlan's
recording of his classic short story Paladin of the Last Hour
onto compact disk, many of the folks who originally ordered the CD cannot
be found. If you think you may be one of these people, please check
the list at http://harlanellison.com/text/paladin.txt
and e-mail email@example.com
with your correct information.
Politcally Incorrect Appearance Transcript
If you missed Harlan's appearance on Bill Maher's tv talk show
Politically Incorrect May 21st, you're in luck. Here
is a transcript of that show for your reading pleasure.
EDGEWORKS Release Schedule
A lot of folks have been asking me when the next volume in White Wolf's
Edgeworks series, reprinting major works by Ellison in high-quality
hardback format, is coming out. The basic plan is to produce two volumes
a year with Jill Bauman doing the artwork on the odd-numbered books
and John K. Snyder III the even-numbered, but there are no formal plans
as to WHICH books and the schedule isn't set in stone.
I did talk to Harlan about this and he gave me this list. He wanted
me to be absolutely clear that all scheduled volumes and books are extremely
tentative and subject to change.
Tentative Books appearing through Edgeworks 6:
1: Over the Edge, An Edge in My Voice (OUT)
2: Spider Kiss, Stalking the Nightmare (OUT)
3: The Harlan Ellison Hornbook, Harlan Ellison's Movie (Spring '97)
4: The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World, Love Ain't
Nothin' But Sex Misspelled (Fall '97)
5: No Doors No Windows, Shatterday
6: Strange Wine, The Deadly Streets
Remaining Books to appear in the series, in no particular order:
Again, Dangerous Visions
I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream
From the Land of Fear
Harlan Ellison's Watching
Medea: Harlan's World
Paingod and Other Delusions
The Glass Teat and The Other Glass Teat (together in one volume)
Web of the City
Memos from Purgatory
Partners in Wonder
The Starlost (Phoenix Without Ashes)
Original HE short story to appear in Glass News
Yes, you heard it right. Dr. Mark E. Chase, editor of Collector
Glass News, informs me that Harlan is writing an original short
story for the publication's next issue. Harlan is a glass collector
and is a longtime reader of the magazine. Dr. Chase says the newsletter
has limited distribution so this will be a limited release of some new
To reserve your copy in advance, contact Dr. Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org),
call (412) 946-2838 or fax (412) 946-9012. You can also visit the publication's
website at http://www.glassnews.com.
I Have No Mouth computer game wins industry award
The computer adventure game "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream",
published by Cyberdreams and based on the short story of the same name,
received a Spotlite Award in the category Best Adaptation of Linear
Media from the Computer Game Developers' Association. The award was
given at the Spotlite Award Ceremony during the Computer Game Developers'
Conference Monday, April 28, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in
Santa Clara, CA. Dave Mullich of Cyberdreams accepted the award, which
was up against games based on the Alien Trilogy, the Diehard Trilogy,
Arthur C. Clarke's RAMA, and R.L. Stines "Goosebumps" series.
Harlan to appear on Politically Incorrect 05/21
Harlan will appear on Bill Maher's TV show Politically Incorrect
on Wednesday, May 21st. Maher's other guests will be motivational guru
Tony Robbins, comedian Harry Anderson, and right-wing idealogue Heather
Higgins (who will no doubt piss HE off greatly). Check your local listings
for channel and time.
Slippage is out!
Mark Ziesing (email@example.com)
has the limited edition of Slippage out and shipping. If you
haven't ordered your copy yet, call Mark at (916) 474-1580, e-mail him
at the above address, or check out his web site at http://www.bigchair.com/ziesing.
Play based on HE's work in production
Robert Armin has produced a new play, Stalking the Nightmare,
based on the works of Harlan Ellison. There will be a staged reading
of the play at 7 PM on Monday Evening, May 5th at Primary Stages, 354
West 45th Street, NY, NY. Anyone interested in attending (seating is
very limited!) should call (212) 582-0241. For more information, check
out the play's web page at http://www.NYDirector.com/Ellison.
firstname.lastname@example.org passed on
some information about a book called Ultimate Werewolf, a 1991
Byron Preiss Visual Publications offering. The book features (of course)
HE's Adrift off the Islets of Langerhans (I'll spare you the
exact coordinates) and also a 6-page introduction, Crying 'Wolf!',
Luann Brown (email@example.com)
informs me that there are actually 2 Dove Audio recordings of 20,000
Leagues Under the Sea read by HE. The first, ISBN 0-7871-0976-2,
is the full 6-hour version. The other, ISBN 0-7871-0977-0, is a special
one-hour version for kids. If you order the tapes, make sure you get
the right one!
Kevin Lauderdale (firstname.lastname@example.org)
has this to offer:
The latest (Spring 1997) Levenger catalog ("Tools for serious readers"
i.e.$300 fountain pens and $550 chairs) features the work of H.E. On
page 26,next to their Unfolding Writing Box (unfolds to hold stationary,
stamps, pens, etc. - a real steal at only $89.95), is a copy of THE
ESSENTIALELLISON. Ellison is in good company, displayed next to Harrison
Kiney's JAMES THURBER: HIS LIFE AND TIMES and Robert Eisner's TRAVELERS
TO AN ANTIQUE LAND. Neither of the latter are science fiction, but both
are quite good books.
Harlan Comments on Heaven's Gate
If you picked up this week's issue of Newsweek (the special
on the Rancho Santa Fe cult mass suicide), you'll find a commentary
by Harlan on page 49. Harlan presented his original non-watered-down
version of this commentary on the Sci-Fi Channel's Sci-Fi Buzz
last night. He also sent a copy of the commentary to Webderland!
Read Harlan's Commentary on the Heaven's
"Harlan's Watching" renewed on Sci-Fi Buzz
HE has been picked up for another 20 commentaries on the Sci-Fi
Channel's Sci-Fi Buzz. You can find the latest transcript on
The Dominion, the Sci-Fi Channel's
Website, in their Buzzwords
section. Webderland also has an Archive of
past Buzzwords for your viewing pleasure. Harlan also informs Webderland
he will be appearing on the channel's Sci-Fi Vortex in late April
(possibly the 24th) with Herb Solow and J. Michael Straczynski.
Babylon 5 and a Fifth Season
special report from Tony Isabella (email@example.com)
Reports have been circulating on the Internet that there will be no
fifth season of Babylon 5. I just spoke to Harlan and he asked me to
pass along the following to all interested parties: No decision has
been reached on the fifth season of Babylon 5. There might be one, they
might not be one. However, a very groggy Harlan opined at the Motor
City Con that there might not be a fifth season and his admittedly rash
speculation instantly became fact to those who heard the remark and
started spreading it all over the Internet.
1. No decision has been reached on the fifth season of Babylon
2. As soon as a decision is reached, it will be announced. Yea or
nay. You'll hear about it.
3. Harlan is an imbecile for having made the comment. That's his own
words, kids. I'd be a little kinder myself, but then I saw the guy
work his little (but still attractive) butt off at the convention,
giving over six hours of readings and Q&A sessions, and signing
for six to eight hours every day of the three-day convention. I know
how groggy he was near the end of each day.
Please pass the word that there is still hope for a fifth season of
Babylon 5. That's something we'd all like to see. Thanks, guys.
Book Signing in Portland Harlan will read one of his short stories
and sign his most recently published books on Friday, March 28th at
7:30pm at Powell's City of Books in Portland, OR. To confirm
or get more information call (503) 228-4651. Powell's is located at
1005 West Burnside in Portland.
HE at I-CON XVI We'd like to mention once again that Harlan,
as co-winner of the 1997 Gallun Award, will be appearing at I-CON XVI
April 4-6 at Stony Brook University, NY. Other guests will include the
Julius Schwartz of Superman fame (the other Gallun award winner),
J. Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon 5), and Joe Haldeman.
For more info check out www.iconsf.org,
write ICON Science Fiction, Inc., PO Box 550, Stony Brook, NY 11790-0550,
call (516) 632-6045 or fax (516) 632-6355.
Special Exclusive to WebderlandYou heard it here first! Harlan
will be making his first ever on-camera appearance on an upcoming segment
of Babylon 5. He appears as an extra and says exactly one line. You'll
have to watch religiously, though, HE refused to divulge the name of
the episode in which he will appear.
SLIPPAGE goes to press!
HE's long-awaited short story collection Slippage has finished
final proofs and has just been shipped to the printer, Donnely. The
limited edition from Mark Zeising should be out in about 4 weeks.
Harlan's next project is to head to Dark Horse and work on the next
2 issues of the Dream Corridor comic. HE says he has been running
"the Red Queen's race" getting caught back up with this and
other projects after his heart attack last April.
Harlan will be the Writer Guest of Honor at Cosmic Con '97, running
February 15th and 16th at Buchanan High School, corner of Peach/Teague
in Clovis, California. Contact Bruce Hightower at (209) 325-7729 for
Harlan will also be appearing with his Babylon 5 buddy J. Michael Straczynski
at I-CON XVI, April 4-6 in Stony Brook, NY. Harlan will be co-recipient
of the 1997 Gallun Award along with Julius Schwartz of Superman comics
fame. Check out I-CON's web page at http://www.iconsf.org
for more details.
VIBE Magazine Appearance
Harlan appears in the February 1997 edition of VIBE magazine
with an article entitled Race: The Final Frontier concerning
the issue of race on the original Star Trek television show.
Harlan reports that his listing in the St. James Guide to Science
Fiction Writers contains missing information and numerous inaccuracies,
and should not be trusted. As an example, the guide lists him as single
since the late 1960s, a claim that anyone who has met his lovely wife
Susan would find strange.
Harlan has recently appeared on both Politically Incorrect and
Tom Snyder, with viewers of the shows reporting HE in rare form.
HE's health continues to improve. In fact, Harlan's doctor has reviewed
the results of a recent echocardiogram and pronounced his heartworks
to be without fault.
Harlan has mentioned several times in the past that you should all support
the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Well, lo and behold, they have a
web site. Check it out at http://www.insv.com/cbldf.
Finally, Bill Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) informs me:
From September to December the Museum of Television & Radio in Manhattan
ran a retrospective of Buster Keaton on television called "Return
of the Man in the Porkpie Hat". Many of the weeks were screens
of assembled footage of guest appearances, cameos and television ads.
The compilation "FADE OUT 1963-1966", which ran from Oct.
22-Nov. 3, included a four minute clip from "Who Killed One Half
of Glory Lee?", an Ellison scripted episode of BURKE'S LAW. The
compilation is available for private screenings at the Manhattan branch
of the museum and I believe it is also available at the Los Angeles