Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison is dead at age 84

Harlan Ellison, pictured in 2014, was a prolific science fiction writer.

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LOS ANGELES – Harlan Ellison, the pugnacious author of “A Boy and His Dog,” which lambasted society into a nightmare of fiction and thought-provoking essays for half a century, has died. He was 84.

Bill Schafer, editor of the author, the publisher, the Underground Press, tells The Associated Press Ellison died on Wednesday.

Ellison was best known and honored for science fiction, but his busy work included mysteries, used books, articles and screenplays.

Some of his most popular works were surreal fantasies set in the horrific worlds, run by totalitarians and conformists. Some were funny; many were shocking image.

“A Boy and His Dog” shows a world ravaged by a nuclear war. The hero is a young criminal lured to an underground community that is opposed to the sterility.

The novella was the basis for the 1975 film with Don Johnson.

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