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  1. 8.0 hrs • Jul/05/2016 • Audio Theater

    The original teleplay that became the classic Star Trek episode, with an expanded introductory essay by Harlan Ellison, The City on the Edge of Forever has been surrounded by controversy since the airing of an “eviscerated” version—which subsequently has been voted the most beloved episode in the series’ history. In its original form, The City on the Edge of Forever won the 1966–67 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Teleplay. As aired, it won the 1967 Hugo Award.The City on the Edge of Forever is, at its most basic, a poignant love story. Ellison takes the listener on a breathtaking trip through space and time, from the future, all the way back to 1930s America. In this harrowing journey, Kirk and Spock race to apprehend a renegade criminal and restore the order of the universe. It is here that Kirk faces his ultimate dilemma: a choice between the universe—or his one true love.This edition makes available the astonishing teleplay as Ellison intended it to be aired. The author’s introductory essay reveals all of the details of what Ellison describes as a “fatally inept treatment” of his creative work. Was he unjustly edited, unjustly accused, and unjustly treated?

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  2. 7.4 hrs • Aug/04/2015 • Unabridged

    From one of the most highly celebrated and dynamic American writers of our time, comes Spider Kiss, Harlan Ellison’s electrifying novel of the early years of rock and roll.If you think the only thing Ellison writes is speculative fiction, craziness about giant cockroaches that attack Detroit, or invaders from space who look like pink eggplant and smell like chicken soup, this dynamite novel of the emergent days of rock and roll will turn you around at least three times. No spaceships, no robots, just a nice kid from Louisville named Stag Preston with a voice like an angel, seductive moves like the devil, and an invisible monkey named Success riding him straight to hell.

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    Spider Kiss

    Read by Stefan Rudnicki
    7.4 hrs • Aug/04/2015 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.5 hrs • Jul/07/2015 • Unabridged

    “Get it straight right now: these aren’t kids playing games of war. They mean business. They are junior-grade killers and public enemies one through five thousand.” In Rusty Santoro’s neighborhood, the kids carry knives, chains, bricks, and broken glass. And when they fight, they fight dirty, leaving the streets littered with the bodies of the injured and the dead. Rusty wants out—but you can’t just walk away from a New York street gang. And his decision may leave his family to pay a terrible price. First published more than half a century ago and inspired by the author’s real-life experience going undercover inside a street gang, Web of the City was Harlan Ellison’s first novel and marked the long-form debut of one of the most electrifying, unforgettable, and controversial voices of twentieth-century letters. Appearing here with the short story “No Game for Children,” which Ellison wrote for the pulp magazines of the 1950s, Web of the City offers both a snapshot of a lost era and a portrait of violence and grief as timely as today’s most brutal headlines. Includes an introduction read by the author.Also includes the 1959 short story “No Game for Children”

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    Web of the City

    Read by Stefan Rudnicki
    6.5 hrs • Jul/07/2015 • Unabridged
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  4. 14.2 hrs • May/13/2015 • Unabridged

    Originally published in 1962 and updated in later decades with a new introduction, Ellison Wonderland contains sixteen masterful stories from the author’s early career. This collection shows a vibrant young writer with a wide-ranging imagination, ferocious creative energy, devastating wit, and an eye for the wonderful and terrifying and tragic. Among the gems are “All the Sounds of Fear,” “The Sky Is Burning,” “The Very Last Day of a Good Woman,” and “In Lonely Lands.” Though they stand tall on their own merits, they also point the way to the sublime stories that followed soon after and continue to come even now, more than fifty years later.

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  5. 5.4 hrs • Feb/01/2012 • Unabridged

    This original audio collection, featuring much newly recorded material, is a stunning realization of some of the writer’s best and edgiest work, as well as a fiery visit to some of his more secret stories. His words, his voice, what the New York Times has called “liquid lava.” Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, including the Edgar, Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards. Contents include: “Jeffty Is Five” (Hugo and Nebula winner) and brand new performances of “The End of the Time of Leinard,” “The Function of Dream Sleep,” “In Lonely Lands,” the rare “Rat Hater,” the title story, and other previously unrecorded gems.

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    The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 2

    Read by Harlan Ellison
    5.4 hrs • Feb/01/2012 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.2 hrs • Jan/01/2012 • Unabridged

    Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, but only aficionados of Ellison’s singular work have been aware of another of his passions…he is a great oral interpreter of his stories. His recordings have been difficult to obtain—by his choice. In 1999, for the first time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective. Contents include: “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” “Laugh Track,” “Grail,” “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” “The Very Last Day of a Good Woman,” “Paladin of the Lost Hour,” “The Time of the Eye,” “The Lingering Scent of  Woodsmoke,” and “A Boy and His Dog.”

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    The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1

    Read by Harlan Ellison
    6.2 hrs • Jan/01/2012 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.6 hrs • Jan/01/2006 • Unabridged

    For the third time, down that multicolored rabbit hole to the unpredictable, singular, frequently disturbing Ellison Wonderland of the writer the New York Times summed up thus: “Harlan Ellison has the spellbinding quality of a great nonstop talker with a cultural warehouse for a mind.” And this third expedition arrived not a moment too soon—at exactly the moment a brilliant film documentary, Dreams with Sharp Teeth, a film of the life and work of Harlan Ellison, premiered across America. Here, in eleven stories, a true memoir, five brand-new commentaries, and a linked horror story of Jack the Ripper by Ellison’s great friend, the late Robert Bloch, this mesmerizing audio performance by the Author provides the full measure of reason why Ellison has won Listen Up, Audio, and a shelf full of other awards, including investiture as one of the few Grand Masters of the literature of the fantastic. This one is the best yet.

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    The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 3

    Read by Harlan Ellison
    5.6 hrs • Jan/01/2006 • Unabridged
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