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Poll: In Memoriam: Harlan Ellison

Prolific American writer Harlan Ellison died at the age of 84 on June 28, 2018. He is known for his influential work in speculative fiction, and for his outspoken, combative personality. His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, and a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. Ellison won numerous awards including multiple Hugos, Nebulas, and Edgars.

Which of Harlan Ellison’s teleplays do you most associate with him? If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Ellison’s works, which television episode would you most wish to see?

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    Where Do Elephants Go to Die? (1963)

    Ripcord: Where Do Elephants Go to Die? - After a recent health scare, Nobel-Prize-winning author and former Korean War correspondent Aaron Sparks asks his friends and comrades-in-arms Ted and Jim to teach him how to skydive, for research for a new novel. But is that the real reason for his interest in this dangerous sport?
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    Who Killed Alex Debbs? (1963)

    Burke's Law: Who Killed Alex Debbs? - The publisher of a girlie magazine is murdered at one of his own key clubs.
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    Who Killed Purity Mather? (1963)

    Burke's Law: Who Killed Purity Mather? - Prior to her apparent murder, a practicing witch sends Amos a message predicting her murder with a list of five suspects from the occult arts.
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    Who Killed Andy Zygmunt? (1964)

    Burke's Law: Who Killed Andy Zygmunt? - Pop artist Andy Zygmunt is fatally impaled on the spikes of one of his creations. The discovery that he blackmailed people into buying his works provides a motive and five suspects: his last four customers and the possessor of a missing fifth work.
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    Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee? (1964)

    Burke's Law: Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee? - The unpleasant Benjamin Glory, one half of the ownership of the Glory Lee fashion house, is found dead in an elevator after it crashes. But he was dead before he ever entered it, killed by "a sharp and blunt instrument".
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    Soldier (1964)

    The Outer Limits: Soldier - A soldier from the far future is accidentally teleported back to our present. The psychiatrist assigned to examine the soldier realizes that he has been bred purely as a killing machine, but he believes he can reawaken the warrior's humanity. Meanwhile a second soldier arrives, dedicated to hunting and killing his enemy.
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    The Price of Doom (1964)

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Price of Doom - A scientist on a research facility in Antarctica discovers a new form of sea plankton that turns monstrously large and aggressive if exposed to heat. After the scientist mysteriously disappears, the Seaview is sent in to investigate.
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    Demon with a Glass Hand (1964)

    The Outer Limits: Demon with a Glass Hand - Days ago Trent awoke with no memory of his past. Since then, sinister men have pursued him constantly. He manages to stay one step ahead of them by following the advice of... his hand! Made of glass and apparently capable of speech, Trent's hand can answer many of his questions. But it cannot tell him who he is or why his enemies seek him until he finds all of its fingers. The only trouble is, they're in the... hands... of his enemies!
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    Memo from Purgatory (1964)

    The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Memo from Purgatory - The teleplay was adapted by Harlan Ellison from his autobiographical story "The Gang", which appears in his book "Memos from Purgatory". Fresh college graduate and wannabee writer Jay Shaw moves to early 1950's New York and decides that if he's going to write fiction about juvenile delinquent gangs, he'd better learn what they are really like. Becoming tough-guy Phil Beldone, he moves to a rough section of Brooklyn and seeks to join the Barons, a violent youth gang led by Tiger. During his three-step initiation into the gang, he gains Tiger's trust and respect and begins to fall in love with one of the gang's "debs". However, he makes an enemy of the gang's second-in-command, and risks exposure of his true identity.
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    The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair (1966)

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair - Solo is attacked by a cyborg (a mostly electronic being with some human organs) while on a mission. Later, it's discovered that a Thrush front company is seeking a $1 billion loan. Eventually, Solo and Kuryakin uncover a plot to mass produce cyborgs.
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    The Pieces of Fate Affair (1967)

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Pieces of Fate Affair - A young woman's novel reads uncomfortably similar to UNCLE cases involving Thrush. UNCLE investigates whether the woman, who has lost her memory following an attack, may have had access to secret Thrush records.
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    The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)

    Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever - When a temporarily insane Dr. McCoy accidentally changes history and destroys his time, Kirk and Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high.
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    Knife in the Darkness (1968)

    Cimarron Strip: Knife in the Darkness - Marshal Crown, during the course of an hauntingly foggy night, hunts for a killer who is butchering his victims. Francis tells Crown about how police in London were unable to solve a similar set of killings earlier that year -- by someone who called himself Jack the Ripper.
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    You Can't Get There from Here (1968)

    The Flying Nun: You Can't Get There from Here - Sister Bertrille crash-lands on a remote and seemingly deserted island after the wind dies on one of her flights. Unfortunately her cornette lands in the water and is torn, and she is thus stranded at least until her cornette is repaired and is dried and starched.
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    The Whimper of Whipped Dogs (1971)

    The Young Lawyers: The Whimper of Whipped Dogs - Aaron gets a call from a former girlfriend, who has become a heroin addict, is in jail and needs someone to bail her out. He hocks pretty much everything he has and raises the money. Everyone believes she is a lost cause, but Aaron is determined to help her get clean and turn her life around. Complications ensue.
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    Earth, Air, Fire and Water (1973)

    Ghost Story: Earth, Air, Fire and Water - A collective of six artisans find a trunk containing six colorful glass containers. Each chooses one, and soon, one by one, their art becomes more disturbing until the artist vanishes.
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    Voyage of Discovery (1973)

    The Starlost: Voyage of Discovery - Condemned to be stoned to death for heresy (daring to question the Elders), Devon escapes Cypress Corners with his love Rachel. Her betrothed, Garth, follows to bring her back. They find they're on the Earthship Ark, headed for destruction.
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    Crypt (1977)

    Logan's Run: Crypt - The runners find an underground room with six survivors of the nuclear holocaust cryogenically frozen. A series of earthquakes complicate efforts to rescue the frozen humans.
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    Teacher's Aide/Paladin of the Lost Hour (1985)

    The Twilight Zone: Paladin of the Lost Hour - An old man with a special watch bonds with a tormented veteran.
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    Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading (1986)

    The Twilight Zone: Gramma - A boy is terrified of his odd, sinister, bed-ridden grandma.
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    Crazy as a Soup Sandwich (1989)

    The Twilight Zone: Crazy as a Soup Sandwich - Underworld kingpin Nino Lancaster battles an angry demon named Volkerps for the soul of unfortunate Archie Lochner.
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    A View from the Gallery (1998)

    Babylon 5: A View from the Gallery - A day in the life of two maintenance workers on Babylon 5; as crisis arises, they encounter the command staff, and the ambassadors each dealing with the crisis.
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    The Face of Helene Bournouw (1998)

    The Hunger: The Face of Helene Bournouw - When three celebrities suffer tragedy, a reporter discovers that they were all involved with the same woman.
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    Footsteps (1998)

    The Hunger: Footsteps - A female vampire feeds upon seduced men while visiting Paris. She meets and falls in love with an unusual vegetarian who convinces her to change her ways.
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    Antibody (1998)

    Silver Surfer: Antibody - The Surfer is the only person who can save a dying Galactus. But will he assist his former master, and can he even save him?
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    Objects in Motion (1998)

    Babylon 5: Objects in Motion - Garibaldi and Lise are going to get married and he will run her late husband's company. An assassin is hired to kill Lise. Zack has a plan to smoke him out, but another person wants G'Kar dead as well. Both attacks are prevented. Garibaldi deals with the people who ordered the hit on Lise. G'Kar and Lyta leave the station.
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    The Discarded (2007)

    Masters of Science Fiction: The Discarded - Story is based on a short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison ("A Boy and His Dog," "Star Trek"). Story of despised minorities forever adrift in the darkness of outer space. As a last resort born out of their loneliness and despair they are forced to make an ominous pact with those responsible for their plight, in the hope that they will finally be offered refuge at home on Earth.

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