By Harlan Ellison
Includes the Nebula and Hugo Award–winning tale, “ ‘Repent, Harlequin!’ stated the Ticktockman.”
A distinct new number of Ellison’s brief tales, chosen in particular for this quantity by means of the writer, together with the newly revised and increased 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 video clips. Now, for the 1st time at any place, Troublemakers provides a suite of Ellison’s vintage tales that would introduce new readers to a author defined through the New York Times as having “the spellbinding caliber of an excellent nonstop talker, with a cultural warehouse for a mind.” contains the award‑winning tales “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ acknowledged the Ticktockman” and “Deeper Than the Darkness.”
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