By Harlan Ellison
Includes the Nebula and Hugo Award–winning tale, “ ‘Repent, Harlequin!’ acknowledged the Ticktockman.”
A detailed new choice of Ellison’s brief tales, chosen in particular for this quantity by way of the writer, together with the newly revised and elevated story “Never ship to grasp for Whom the Lettuce Wilts.” In a profession spanning greater than fifty years, Harlan Ellison has written or edited seventy-five books, greater than seventeen hundred tales, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, dozen teleplays, and a dozen videos. Now, for the 1st time anyplace, Troublemakers provides a suite of Ellison’s vintage tales that would introduce new readers to a author defined by means of the New York Times as having “the spellbinding caliber of an outstanding nonstop talker, with a cultural warehouse for a mind.” comprises the award‑winning tales “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ stated the Ticktockman” and “Deeper Than the Darkness.”
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