Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation

Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation

by Harlan Ellison

Because it contains 25 of the best, hardest-to-find stories of the writer the Washington Post calls "one of the great living American short story writers," the unpredictable Harlan Ellison.Bold and uncompromising, Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-up Generation is a watershed moment in Harlan Ellisons early writing career.

ContentsForeword (Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation) (1961) essay by Frank M.

RobinsonIntroduction: The Children of Nights (1975) essayFinal Shtick (1960) short story Gentleman Junkie (1961) short story May We Also Speak?

(1958) short story There's One on Every Campus (1959) short story At the Mountains of Blindness (1961) short story This Is Jackie Spinning (1959) short story No Game for Children non-genre (1959) short story The Late, Great Arnie Draper (1961) short story High Dice (1961) short story Enter the Fanatic, Stage Center (1961) short story Someone Is Hungrier (1960) short story Memory of a Muted Trumpet non-genre (1960) short story Turnpike (1961) short story Sally in Our Alley (1959) short story The Silence of Infidelity non-genre (1957) short story Have Coolth (1959) short story RFD #2 (1957) short story by Harlan Ellison and Henry SlesarNo Fourth Commandment (1956) short story The Night of Delicate Terrors (1961) short story

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.95
  • Pages: 255
  • Publish Date: April 1st 1982 by Ace Books
  • Isbn10: 0441279384
  • Isbn13: 9780441279388

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I go to Harlan Ellison when I am angry. Special. I seek out Ellison when I'm angry.

Harlan Ellison's first big hit from the early sixties is back in print here with a poignant look at American life in the mid-twentieth century. With dark edges and a cautionary bent, this collection of short stories could become a classic of American literature. Despite Ellison's obvious mastery of the short story, "Gentleman Junkie" is often overlooked simply because it is a foray into an unusual genre for this normally speculative author. "There's One" is a fascinating story about early feminism, sexism, and individualism. Philosophically deep and also pleasurable to read, this collection deserves a look from anyone serious about American literature.

Harlan Ellison has produced a steady stream of award-winning short stories and television scripts down the years, often in the fantasy and Science Fiction genres. This book does not fall into those categories but perhaps SFCrowsnest got it because hes a fantasy author or perhaps because its from the Subterranean Press who release many excellent anthologies in our favourite genres. With the U.S. government providing room and board and less time to write, he could concentrate on what he really wanted to do, which was stories of the oppressed minorities in society or of those folks not conforming to Eisenhower era norms. All good stuff but I particularly liked the clever ones in which something mentioned briefly in the body of the story turns into the kicker at the end, kind of utilising Chekovs old maxim about the shotgun on the wall. While churning out all those pulp stories, Harlan did learn how to write. Ellison proves that the short story is still a thing worth doing and, obviously, worth doing well.

My Thoughts The unfortunate thing here is that these stories dont entirely hold up for a modern audience. I think, too, that its easy to write a contemporary story that teaches something, but harder to do so in science fiction. Its all steeped entirely in reality, and I simply prefer seeing Ellison wind his way through a more fantastical setting, molding it to suit what message he wants to impart. I have enjoyed his contemporary stories, like from No Doors, No Windows, in the past.

The stories are powerful images of a time long past, stories about Beat generation poets and 60's swingers and jazz musicians, druggies and truckers, every day people living fairly normal lives, but captured in impressive simple stories.

I originally bought a used copy of this nearly twenty years ago at a library booksale when I was attending GSC.

"Gentleman Junkie" is a collection of dark stories dealing more with the real world than you usually find in Ellison's more famous works of speculative fiction.

He wrote for the original series of both The Outer Limits and Star Trek as well as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour; edited the multiple-award-winning short story anthology series Dangerous Visions; and served as creative consultant/writer to the science fiction TV series The New Twilight Zone and Babylon 5.