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  • RIP Susan Ellison, Harlan Ellison's Electric Baby

    Susan Ellison passed away over the weekend at the Lost Aztec Temple of Mars, per Jason Davis, Harlan's publisher and several of her friends.

    Some beautiful words of love from Harlan about Susan:
    https://www.harlanellisonbooks.com/s...son-1960-2020/

    Here's Harlan reading the above story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UecD...RVBr1qZcL6t7KI

    JMS wrote this about his friend
    Last edited by Jan; 08-04-2020, 05:53 AM.
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

  • #2
    That was a very nice note about his friend. Thanks for sharing.
    Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Looney View Post
      That was a very nice note about his friend. Thanks for sharing.
      Welcome. I'd seen her at a few cons with Harlan but was only introduced to her after the memorial panel for him at SDCC in 2018. The first time I saw her was at a con here in Orlando and at Harlan's spotlight, he'd go off on a tear and then pause and ask "Am I being mean?" to Susan and then he'd calm down until the next tear. It was sweet to see. I would have liked to know her better.

      One really sweet thing I saw somebody write (paraphrasing): Harlan was a devout atheist so he'd scoff if I suggested that Susan had joined him. But at least we know that she's no longer here without him. That says a lot about their relationship, I think.
      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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      • #4
        Hmmm you made me wonder who would be miserable if I were gone? . . . .

        Speaking of gone, where the hell is everybody?!?!?!?! People need to at least start dropping in and saying hello so I know they are still okay.
        Susan Ivanova, "I'll be in the car."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Looney View Post
          Speaking of gone, where the hell is everybody?!?!?!?! People need to at least start dropping in and saying hello so I know they are still okay.
          We follow the path of the GreatMaker.
          He was absent on twitter for seven days.
          So we do it the same way...

          B5-Stefan


          PS: And I'm pretty sure, Jan will tell us about JMS' reasons.


          --
          Dukhat: "I'm not saying anything. I didn't say anything then, and I'm not saying anything now."
          [Babylon5, In the Beginning]



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          • #6
            Originally posted by B5-Stefan View Post

            PS: And I'm pretty sure, Jan will tell us about JMS' reasons.
            He's said that he's involved with the aftermath of Susan's passing. I don't think it's speaking out of turn to say that he posted to his Patrons on the 4th that he'd be away for a couple of weeks or so. It's been a rough few years for him, I think. 2018 was when Harlan passed. 2019 he lost Buddy (ETA: no, Buddy died in 2018 also). And now 2020 has taken Susan. I'm reminded a bit of General Ivanova saying "I've buried too many friends. I'm starting to resent it.Somedays,.it's like there's no one left to play with.." Hope he's being as gentle with himself as possible!
            Last edited by Jan; 10-18-2020, 12:05 PM.
            "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Looney View Post
              Speaking of gone, where the hell is everybody?!?!?!?! People need to at least start dropping in and saying hello so I know they are still okay.
              Looney , consider this your official notice that I am still OK. Between work and moderating my own little corner of the internet (the IMDB v2.1 Movie Quotes board), I haven't had a chance to drop in until now. Hope everyone here is doing well.

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              • #8
                An obituary for Susan Ellison has been published in the LA Times:
                https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/la...N1w6QK7cHXsHJ4

                Also, as JMS announced the other day and was reported in the 'interesting posts' thread, JMS is working as the Executor of the Harlan and Susan Ellison Trust.
                https://www.facebook.com/officialjms...03430954495181
                "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                • #9
                  any chance of a copy of the text for those of the non facebooky amongst us
                  "There are no good wars. War is always the worst possible way to resolve differences. It degenerates and corrupts both sides to ever more sordid levels of existence, in their need to gain an advantage over the enemy. Those actively involved in combat are almost always damaged goods for the rest of their lives. If their bodies don't bear scars, their minds do, ofttimes both. Many have said it before, but it can't be said to enough, war is hell. "

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                  • #10
                    Here you go:

                    Originally posted by [J. Michael Straczynski
                    ·
                    Ever since the passing of Susan Ellison there has been endless speculation about what will happen to Harlan's estate and his legacy. Every day, the voicemails, texts and emails pile up at my front door, passing on the latest rumor, growing to fever pitch.

                    “Didja hear? The house is gonna be sold!”

                    “Didja hear? The house is gonna be torn down!”

                    “Didja hear? All of Harlan’s stories and IP have been sold to Paramount for next to nothing to pay off debts!”

                    “Didja hear? The State of California has appointed an executor who’s gonna auction it all off!”

                    “Didja hear? Didja hear?”

                    When I told whoever was bearing the latest wild story that it WAS just a wild story, and nothing more, they would grow irate, claiming in each instance to have gotten the news directly from someone who knows the executor of the estate. A solid , for-sure, no-kidding-around source who was in a MUCH better position than me to know what was REALLY going on.

                    “How do YOU know what the deal is, huh? My guy talked to the executor just yesterday, who told him this straight-up. How do YOU know better than HE does?”

                    How do I know better? How do I know these are just rumors?

                    Because I am the Executor of the Harlan and Susan Ellison Trust.

                    I’ve kept a low profile since accepting this position in order to focus on of the million-and-one details that have to be addressed. I don’t know if anyone reading this has ever been appointed an executor, but it is a massive undertaking. To be an executor is to inherit nothing but be responsible for everything, and to implement the last wishes of those who entrusted you with the totality of their life’s work.

                    Consequently, ever since Susan’s passing, 80% of my day, every day, has gone into establishing the Trust, dealing with tax issues, creditors, court documents, lawyers, accountants, affidavits, death certificates, corporate minutes…in simpler cases, the process only takes a few months, and usually ends by parceling out bequests or auctioning off the estate.

                    But that is not the case here, because there is the legacy of Harlan’s work that must be preserved and enhanced. Looking after all this, and seeing to Harlan and Susan's wishes, is something I will likely be doing for the rest of my life.

                    Everything that Harlan ever owned, did or wrote will be fiercely protected. Steps are being taken to certify Ellison Wonderland as a cultural landmark, ensuring that it will remain just as it is long after I have gone to dust.

                    To revive interest in his prose, literary representation has been shifted to Janklow & Nesbit, one of the largest and most prestigious literary agencies in the world. Film and TV rights will be handled through A3, previously known as the Abrams Agency, also a leading and influential agency. I will be working hand in glove with them to get Harlan’s work back into print in a big way.
                    There is more to say on future plans – much more – but all of that will come in time.

                    For over thirty years, Harlan Ellison was my dearest friend on the planet. Those of you who know me, know how important he, and Susan, and his work, were to me. As a beginning writer, long before we ever met, I looked to him for inspiration and the courage to keep going. Once we became friends, I had a very simple philosophy: whatever he needed done, I would make sure it happened. I would’ve stepped in front of a bus for him, and he knew it, just as he knew that out of the thousands of people he’d met in his life, he could trust me to make sure that his and Susan's last wishes were attended to, and that his legacy would be protected.

                    That’s all for the moment, but as they say in TV Land, stay tuned…for there is more to come.
                    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                    • #11
                      thanks Jan, the fb ban continues
                      "There are no good wars. War is always the worst possible way to resolve differences. It degenerates and corrupts both sides to ever more sordid levels of existence, in their need to gain an advantage over the enemy. Those actively involved in combat are almost always damaged goods for the rest of their lives. If their bodies don't bear scars, their minds do, ofttimes both. Many have said it before, but it can't be said to enough, war is hell. "

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