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.