Christine Valada, widow of Len Wein and long-time friend of Harlan Ellison, took to Twitter this week to announce the death of Ellison.
Susan Ellison has asked me to announce the passing of writer Harlan Ellison, in his sleep, earlier today. “For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I mattered.”—HE, 1934-2018. Arrangements for a celebration of his life are pending.— Christine Valada (@mcvalada) June 28, 2018
Ellison was a prolific writer whose work includes over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, and essays. He was editor and anthologist for two science fiction anthologies, Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). He was the winner of numerous awards including multiple Hugos, Nebulas, and Edgars.
His television work included stories and scripts for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and The Twilight Zone. His comic work includes Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor, Harlan Ellison's 7 Against Chaos, and Phoenix Without Ashes. Ellison has also writtencomic book scripts for series such as Daredevil, Avengers, and Detective Comics.
Ellison was also controversial in the science fiction community, frequently described as abrasive, and involved in numerous lawsuits against studios and directors that he believed plagiarized his work, including James Cameron for The Terminator.