SLIPPAGE

Precariously Poised, Previously Uncollected Stories

1997

With SLIPPAGE, his most outrageous and wildly imaginative collection to date, Harlan Ellison celebrates the fortieth anniversary of his career (now in its forty-second year), confirming his position as “the dark prince of American letters” (as Pete Hamill put it.) With characteristic fits of brilliance and irreverence, Ellison writes like an angel—or possibly a certifiable demon-crosscutting the political and the humorous, the domestic and the cosmic, and commingling ancient history, modern morality, and the surreal.

Displayed here are the centerpiece showstopper, “Mefisto in Onyx,” a major, award-winning novella, in which a black mindreader pays a singular and terrifying call on a white serial killer on an Alabama death row; the tour de force “The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore,” selected for THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1993; and “Keyboard,” a sardonic commentary on our uneasy alliance with the toys of technology, based on a theme suggested by Robin Williams. Introducing the collection is a new, long “toad-strangling, belly-whopping” essay in which Ellison talks about slippages of all kinds: of life, art, heart attacks, and earthquakes.

This is the 70th book Harlan Ellison has written or edited; more than 1700 stories, essays, and articles; as well as dozens of screenplays and teleplays. He has won two Mystery Writers of America Edgars, three Horror Writers of America Bram Stoker Awards, multiple Nebula and Hugo awards, the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Silver Pen for Journalism from PEN, among a plethora of honors.

Mark V. Ziesing, 1997.
Cover art by Jill Bauman.

Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Cover art by Michaela Sullivan.

Mariner Books, 1998.
Cover art by David Blankenship.

Contents

  • Introduction: The Fault in My Lines
  • The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore
  • Anywhere But Here, With Anybody But You
  • Crazy as a Soup Sandwich (teleplay for The Twilight Zone)
  • Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep
  • The Pale Silver Dollar of the Moon Pays Its Way and Makes Change: Version 1
  • The Pale Silver Dollar of the Moon Pays Its Way and Makes Change: Version 2
  • The Lingering Scent of Woodsmoke
  • The Museum on Cyclops Avenue
  • Go Toward the Light
  • Mefisto in Onyx
  • Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World
  • Chatting With Anubis
  • The Few, the Proud
  • The Deadly “Nackles” Affair
  • Nackles by Donald E. Westlake
  • Nackles (teleplay for The Twilight Zone)
  • Sensible City
  • The Dragon on the Bookshelf (written with Robert Silverberg)
  • Keyboard
  • Jane Doe #112
  • The Dreams a Nightmare Dreams
  • Pulling Hard Time
  • Scartaris, June 28th
  • She’s a Young Thing and Cannot Leave Her Mother
  • Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral

Hardcover, 361p.
ISBN: 0929480759.
Original cover price: $75.

Contents

  • Introduction: The Fault in My Lines
  • The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore
  • Anywhere But Here, With Anybody But You
  • Crazy as a Soup Sandwich (teleplay for The Twilight Zone)
  • Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep
  • The Pale Silver Dollar of the Moon Pays Its Way and Makes Change
  • The Lingering Scent of Woodsmoke
  • The Museum on Cyclops Avenue
  • Go Toward the Light
  • Mefisto in Onyx
  • Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World
  • Chatting With Anubis
  • The Few, the Proud
  • Sensible City
  • The Dragon on the Bookshelf (written with Robert Silverberg)
  • Keyboard
  • Jane Doe #112
  • The Dreams a Nightmare Dreams
  • Pulling Hard Time
  • Scartaris, June 28th
  • She’s a Young Thing and Cannot Leave Her Mother
  • Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral

Hardcover, 303p.
ISBN: 0395353416.
Original cover price: $22.

Contents

  • Introduction: The Fault in My Lines
  • The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore
  • Anywhere But Here, With Anybody But You
  • Crazy as a Soup Sandwich (teleplay for The Twilight Zone)
  • Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep
  • The Pale Silver Dollar of the Moon Pays Its Way and Makes Change: Version 1
  • The Pale Silver Dollar of the Moon Pays Its Way and Makes Change: Version 2
  • The Lingering Scent of Woodsmoke
  • The Museum on Cyclops Avenue
  • Go Toward the Light
  • Mefisto in Onyx
  • Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World
  • Chatting With Anubis
  • The Few, the Proud
  • The Deadly “Nackles” Affair
  • Nackles by Donald E. Westlake
  • Nackles (teleplay for The Twilight Zone)
  • Sensible City
  • The Dragon on the Bookshelf (written with Robert Silverberg)
  • Keyboard
  • Jane Doe #112
  • The Dreams a Nightmare Dreams
  • Pulling Hard Time
  • Scartaris, June 28th
  • She’s a Young Thing and Cannot Leave Her Mother
  • Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral

Trade Paperback, 359p.
ISBN: 0395924820.
Original cover price: $13.

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