“This hefty and impressive collection from one of SF’s leading authors showcases Ellison’s versatility. Ellison can go from anguished to zany in an instant… Ellison seems somewhat mellower here than in the past, but his writing still memorable grabs and bites.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
From the 1999 Chris Carter-prompted sf-noir, “Objects of Desire in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear,” to last year’s enigmatic blend of fact and fiction, “He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes,” CAN & CAN’TANKEROUS gathers ten previously uncollected tales from the fifth and sixth decades of Harlan Ellison’s professional writing career, a work-in-progress now encompassing over 100 books.
In the eighteen years since his last all-new collection, SLIPPAGE, Ellison’s continued to expand the frontiers of his inimitable oeuvre with tales that force his readers’ imaginations to the edge of conception while simultaneously plumbing the depths of their souls: a second entry in his (now) ongoing abcedarian sequence; a “lost” pulp tale re-cast as a retro-fable; a melancholy meditation for departed friend and fellow speculative fiction legend, Ray Bradbury; a 2001 revision of a 1956 original; an absurdist ascent toward enlightenment (or its gluten-free substitute); a 200-word exercise in not following the directions as written (with a special introduction by Neil Gaiman that weighs in at four times the word count of its subject); a fantastical lament for a bottom-line world; and—at no extra cost—the 2011 Nebula Award-winning short story “How Interesting: A Tiny Man.”
Strokes be damned! Ellison’s still here! HE’s still writing! And with more new books published in the last ten years than any preceding decade of his career, his third act is proving to be the kind other living legends envy.
Edited by Jason Davis.
How Interesting: A Tiny Man [2011 Nebula Award, Best Short Story]
Never Send to Know for Whom the Lettuce Wilts
Objects of Desire in the Mirror Are Closer than They Appear
Introduction to “Loose Cannon” by Neil Gaiman
Loose Cannon, or Rubber Duckies from Space
From A to Z, in the Sarsaparilla Alphabet
The Toad Prince, or, Sex Queen of the Martian Pleasure-Domes
Goodbye to All That
He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes