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Hardcover (Trade)

Published September 2022
Boxed Hardcover price: $35.00

Second edition, First printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-61037-344-9
ISBN-10: 1-61037-344-8
Page count: 520
Book Size: 6" x 9"

Ebook (epub)

Published January 2021
Boxed Hardcover price: $9.95

Second edition, First printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-61037-325-8
ISBN-10: 1-61037-325-1
Page count: 470
Book Size: 16Mb

Hardcover (Trade)

Published July 2017
Boxed Hardcover price: $35.00

First edition, First printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-61037-323-4
ISBN-10: 1-61037-323-5
Page count: 448
Book Size: 6" x 9"

Boxed Hardcover

Published April 2017
Boxed Hardcover price: $75.00
free shipping to US addresses;
$25/book to Canada addresses;
$35/book elsewhere

First edition, First printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-61037-322-7
ISBN-10: 1-61037-322-7
Page count: 450
Book Size: 6" x 9"

A Lit Fuse

The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison

This text relates to the Second edition • Hardcover (Trade)

by Nat Segaloff

This vastly expanded second edition of the Hugo-nominated A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison is available as an ebook as of January 2021, and as a hardcover as of September 2022, covering events after Harlan Ellison’s death in June, 2018. The additional material also includes interviews with many of Harlan’s friends and a coda covering the death of Harlan’s wife, Susan Ellison. Containing tributes from SF icons, appraisals of Harlan’s legacy, and previously unpublished material, this second edition provides closure and perspective to an unquiet life and a lasting legacy.

Table of Contents for the 2nd edition

  • Foreword
  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1: Morning in the Sunken Cathedral
  • Chapter 2: First Contact
  • Chapter 3: Harlan in Wonderland
  • Chapter 4: Marriage Ain’t Nothin’ But Love Misspelled
  • Chapter 5: Science Friction
  • Chapter 6: Teats for Two
  • Chapter 7: All the Lies That Are His Life
  • 40 pages of photos
  • Chapter 8: The Cordwainer Chronicles
  • Chapter 9: Aye, Robot
  • Chapter 10: The Snit on the Edge of Forever
  • Chapter 11: The Voice in the Wilderness
  • Chapter 12: The Collector
  • Chapter 13: Repent, Harlan!
  • Chapter 14: The Rabbit Whole
  • Chapter 15: The Lost Dangerous Visions
  • Chapter 16: The Flight of the Deathbird
  • Epilogue
  • Afterword
  • Foreword to the Second Edition
  • The Fuse Extinguished (A Personal Addendum)
  • The Last Word
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix A: Harlan Ellison on Writing: A Conversation
  • Appendix B: Unrealized Projects (Unproduced Teleplays, Screenplays, and Treatments)
  • Appendix C: Awards
  • Appendix D: Interviews
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
Edited by David G. Grubbs
Cover photo by Beth Gwinn