View Full Version : Harlan Ellison - Pay the Writer!

Susan Gable
11-29-2007, 08:57 PM
ROTFLOL Have you seen this??? I love it. Be warned -- naughty words used by irrate writer in this video. But I totally love it!

He makes excellent points here, regarding professional writers, and the expectations of getting stuff for free, etc.



11-29-2007, 09:15 PM
I think I'll wait until I get home.

11-29-2007, 09:17 PM
LOL, he is an angry, angry man. Hahaha.

11-29-2007, 09:46 PM
Dammit... I think I'm in love with the guy.

11-29-2007, 09:52 PM
LOL, he is an angry, angry man. Hahaha.He was born angry.

11-29-2007, 09:59 PM
I would love to read this man's blog.

11-29-2007, 10:15 PM
Wahooiee! Way to go, Ellison.

None of us are in this without some expectation of reward (read...cash).

Loved that interview!!

aka eraser
11-29-2007, 10:20 PM
He's been SF's enfant terrible for about a hundred years now. So nice to see he's mellowed. ;)

And good on him!

Azure Skye
11-29-2007, 10:41 PM
Right on!

11-29-2007, 10:54 PM
He's been SF's enfant terrible for about a hundred years now. So nice to see he's mellowed. ;)

And good on him!
He's kind of old to be called an infant, don't you think?

Although he does seem to have a lot of temper tantrums.

11-29-2007, 11:11 PM
Ooooh, I know where I remember this guy from. Penny Arcade!


Scroll down to the post entitled "The Story." (Language warning, but it's funny as heck.)

11-30-2007, 12:42 AM
I love it.

11-30-2007, 08:11 AM
I love that interview, and the others I found there. Harlan Ellison is one of the greats, and a marvellous character to boot. I've been reading his books since I was about ten years old.

11-30-2007, 08:52 AM
A slightly dissenting opinion, from this site's registered cynic: Ellison is a fine writer, and great at sound bytes, before the term "sound byte" even existed. But I've always been annoyed by his famous piece of "writer's advice": "Stop writing crap."

Well, duh. Yeah, I'd love to do that. Now, Harlan, come on over and help me do that. Hello, Harlan, buddy, you there? Hello? Hello?

That piece of advice is about as useful as brass chalk.


11-30-2007, 08:53 AM
I'm conflicted. I respect his writing, and I do think he is often hilarious.

I'm still upset about the thing with Connie Willis. There's a line that jesters always cross that maybe they shouldn't cross.

If he grabbed Sumner Redstone's... That'd be funny.

12-02-2007, 06:55 AM
I thought he stumbled.

12-02-2007, 02:05 PM
He seems somewhat curmudgeonly. I think the phrase is, "Everything is worth what it's purchaser will pay for it."

12-03-2007, 02:00 AM
Sic 'em Harlan! (Again ... and again ... and again...)

Many an inquiry to waste my time has been terminated with one simple request: pay me.

Amazing how many folks get pea-eyed and flabbergasted when they hear that.

12-03-2007, 02:07 AM
Any professional expects to get paid for their work. Why should a writer be any different? Ellison is blunt, irascible and loud, but he's right.

Wesley Scott
12-04-2007, 02:19 AM
I added "The Essential Ellison" to my holiday wish list now because of the interview. But, I guess that makes him wrong that interviews don't make for good publicity. Such a paradox!

12-04-2007, 03:01 AM
"You go to the store and buy it m-er f-er."


12-04-2007, 03:02 AM
I thought he stumbled.

Yes. But not physically.