Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dreams with Sharp Teeth

If you're a fan of science fiction, you're probably already aware of the controversial and gifted author Harlan Ellison, winner of Hugo, Nebula and other awards. While he's written numerous short stories and novels and television screenplays, I always think of him as the creator of the fabulous Star Trek episode from the 60s--City of the Edge of Forever.

But I'd never really considered Harlan Ellison, the man. I was intrigued when I discovered the recently finished documentary of his life, Dreams with Sharp Teeth, so I purchased it for our library collection. And thoroughly enjoyed every last minute. What a quirky, irritating, brilliant, opinionated, talkative persona Ellison displays! A bit of a roué, a person some would consider a brat, but truly fascinating. The documentary contains current interviews plus clips of Ellison filmed in the 70s and 80s. Neil Gaiman, Robin Williams and others are featured.

Now I'm ready to grab examples of Ellison's oeuvre, just to round out my viewing experience. I'm thinking of starting with the oft-mentioned short story 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman, which is frequently anthologized.

Below is the trailer for the film. More clips from the documentary are available online. The film isn't rated, but the language is adult at times. Cover the appropriate ears!

Check out Dreams with Sharp Teeth to learn more about the fascinating Harlan Ellison. The Urbana Free Library has many of Harlan Ellison's books and short stories that you can enjoy, after this documentary intrigues you!

Here's the New York Times review of the documentary.

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