My friend is gone. Without Harlan's words and his example, I would never have become a writer. He showed artists of all stripes how to protect the work and how to live with integrity and heart and fierce courage. The world is much smaller for his absence. https://t.co/8qrmKZpJkC— J. Michael Straczynski (@straczynski) June 28, 2018
It took me a number of days to just absorb the news of his death before I could attempt to sit down to write about Harlan Ellison's life. He was an instrumental figure in my adolescence that helped inspire me to pursue my dreams to write Science Fiction and Fantasy. When I first learned about Harlan Ellison, it was because of his involvement with the remarkable science fiction epic for television Babylon 5 (1993-98).
It is not merely enough to love literature if one wishes to spend one's life as a writer. It is a dangerous undertaking on the most primitive level. For, it seems to me, the act of writing with serious intent involves enormous personal risk. It entails the ongoing courage for self-discovery. It means one will walk forever on the tightrope, with each new step presenting the possibility of learning a truth about oneself that is too terrible to bear."