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Rediscovering Harlan

A bit of history about my first exposure to Harlan Ellison. I got my first glimpse of Mr. Ellison when he was doing commentaries for the Sci Fi channel back in the early 90s. What struck me about him was not his opinions but his belief of his opinions, and the relentlessness of his opinions. This was a man who had the convictions of his conscience, A man who spoke the gospel of his truth. For me I felt he was preaching to the choir.

The Deathbird

My first Harlan Ellison book, The Deathbird

I was living outside of Boston at the time and I started searching for his books. At this time they were very difficult to find. Finally I was able to find a copy of The Deathbird at our local book store.

I devoured that book, it was so different from most of the “science fiction” that I had been reading at the time. It was almost like reading poetry, I thought I was pretty well read, but the structure of the stories were so different from anything that I had come across before.

After that I wanted to read nothing but Harlan Ellison. However, his books were hard to find. I did manage to start finding some additional books at a small used book store located in Harvard Square, and soon my collection consisted of Harlan Ellison Watching, Approaching Oblivion, Shatterday, Stalking the Nightmare, and the Special hard covers of The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World and The City on the Edge of Forever.  I loved them all, and found that I appreciated his essays maybe even more.  In a couple of years I would acquire copies of Angry Candy, Slippage and the four volumes from White Wolf, devouring them as I found them. Harlan Ellison was my favorite writer.

And then life happened, work demands, a move across the country, I lost three of my White Wolfs (maybe I lent them to someone) whatever, but I stopped reading Harlan Ellison. Yes it was extremely difficult to find his books, no I did not want to keep hunting on Ebay, I don’t have time to read, blah blah blah.

And so it went for nearly ten years.

And then suddenly I discovered Harlan again, almost the exact same way I did the first time. His Sci Fi Channel commentaries were being posted on YouTube. Once again I was being entertained and educated by Harlan Ellison. I started to think about his writings again and dragged out all my books. I began to wonder if anything was in print again. Now, I live in Pocatello, Idaho and we do not have a book store in the city, I know can you believe it. So I checked out Amazon, and behold almost all his books had been reprinted by e-Reads. This was my opportunity to start reading Harlan again, but now I could read the books in chronological order, starting with his oldest book moving through all this titles till I reached his latest publication.

I also found new books were being published harlanellisonbooks.com and early stories published by Kicks books. Oh my so much Harlan available.

The Deadly Streets

e-reads printing of The Deadly Streets

So Starting about September of 2013 I began with The Deadly Streets and as I write this, it is March 2014 and I am beginning The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World. I have decided that if a story is reprinted in multiple books I will read them again.

You can check on my progress by checking out my goodreads account.

I’m having a wonderful time rediscovering Harlan, and remembering why I’ve always considered him my favorite writer (sorry Neil).

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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Stormtrooper

Stormtrooper

I did this pastel of a Stromtrooper this week end. The coloring was inspired by Van Gogh’s Skull.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Video of Van Gogh’s Starry Night with the Tardis

This is me doing a pastel of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night with the Tardis.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in Art

 

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New Artwork

Did a new piece of artwork. I based this piece on the famous painting of The Scream but added the internet meme of the grumpy cat.

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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

New Piece of Artwork

 

Edgar Allen Poe

 

 

 

 

Did a new piece of artwork, Poe from charcoal and soft pastel.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

My Artwork

I have not posted in a while. This is because I have recently taken up art again. It started February of this year. I started with some cheap oil pastels and have since moved on to expensive soft pastels. I have been posting my artwork on several social networks but the easiest to access is my Pinterest account.

http://pinterest.com/paulmdickey/my-art/

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Art

 

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Twilight Struggle, May 27 2012

Sunday morning Ted text me to say he was not working that day and would I like to get together for a game.

Turned out that it was just going to be Ted and I so we decided to play my favorite two player game Twilight Struggle

Twilight Struggle inherits its fundamental systems from the card-driven classics We the People and Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage. It is a quick-playing, low-complexity game in that tradition. The game map is a world map of the period, whereon players move units and exert influence in attempts to gain allies and control for their superpower. As with GMT’s other card-driven games, decision-making is a challenge; how to best use one’s cards and units given consistently limited resources?

Twilight Struggle’s Event cards add detail and flavor to the game. They cover a vast array of historical happenings, from the Arab- Israeli conflicts of 1948 and 1967, to Vietnam and the U.S. peace movement, to the Cuban Missile Crisis and other such incidents that brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. Subsystems capture the prestige-laden Space Race as well as nuclear tensions, with the possibility of game-ending nuclear war.

This was Ted’s first time playing.

This is a really great game with lots of hard choices, each one seeming like the lesser of two evils. The game really simulates the cold war very well, with each super power battling for influence across the globe.

Ted won the game on the fourth turn.

I have never won a game of Twilight Struggle, but That does not diminish my love for it.

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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Games

 

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