I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream (1983 Ace Books 2nd Edition Mass Market Paperback)


Harlan Ellison’s iconic 1967 short story collection featuring the Hugo Award-winning title tale and “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes.”



“Ellison is a true virtuoso in his genre.”

By law, one cannot copyright a title. If someone were stupid enough to do it, novels could be written and published with such titles as MOBY DICK, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, or GONE WITH THE WIND. But also, by law, ownership of a title can be guaranteed if it can be proved that the original author has established such a connection with the title that any duplication would infringe that linkage. How famous is this most famous of all Harlan Ellison’s books? Well known enough that an English film company was stopped in its attempt to make a movie called I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream. It’s Ellison’s title, the company was told. For more than [fifty-one] years this work has been considered a classic of imaginative fiction. Isn’t it about time you found out why? Discover why no one who has read this story has ever been able to forget it!

Cover by Barclay Shaw.

Introduction: The Movers and the Shaker, by Theodore Sturgeon
Foreword: How Science Fiction Saved Me From a Life of Crime
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream [1968 Hugo Award, Best Short Story]
Big Sam Was My Friend
Eyes of Dust
World of Myth
Delusions for a Dragon Slayer
Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes

152 pages.

N.B.: These books are unsold stock from 1983. They have been stored in the publisher’s original cartons for nearly forty years, but are in excellent condition. They have never been read or handled, and are likely the best copies you will find. That said, they are nearly forty-year-old paperbacks originally sold at $2.95 so they are not printed on acid-free paper, the covers are not always perfectly aligned, and there are sometimes other minor defects, but we will send the best copy we have on hand when you order.

Additional information

Weight 0.25 lbs
Dimensions 4.25 × 6.875 × 0.5 in

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