My favorite Harlan Ellison stories

Five of my all-time favorite stories by Harlan Ellison:

  1. “The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore”: not only my all-time favorite Ellison story, but one of the best pieces of short fiction I have ever read.
  2. “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs”: one of only two stories that have ever really scared me.  (Ray Bradbury has the other.)  The scene in the elevator is absolutely remarkable.
  3. “Susan”: a humble Ellison love story.  Yes, humble and a love story!
  4. “‘Repent Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”: this one can be described in one word: brilliant.
  5. “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes”: Isaac Asimov once described his story, “The Last Question” as the computer story to end all computer stories.  “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes” is the Vegas story to end all Vegas stories.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.