A friend emailed me the news this afternoon: Harlan Ellison died. I was not shocked -- he was 84 -- but immediately saddened. He was a real talent and someone who I had admired greatly.
A personal story: I once had the pleasure of interviewing Mr Ellison via telephone as part of research I was doing for a planned article. "Hi Simon, it's Harlan Ellison calling." Yep, that's Harlan Ellison's voice, all right.
The man who had a reputation for being 'difficult' at times, especially when being asked to talk about something that he'd made clear in the past he did not want to talk about anymore, was forthcoming and helpful. A professional and a gentleman.
I will collect my thoughts and post something within the next couple of days regarding a writer of inordinate talent, Harlan Ellison.