Monthly Archives: May 2015

Deathbird Stories: A Pantheon of Modern Gods • 1975 • collection by Harlan Ellison

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb, published originally 1975 by Harper&Row, now re-published by Open Road Integrated Media. Summary: Ellison linked the 19 stories, which were previously published between 1960 and 1974, with a common topic summarized in the subtitle: new gods of our modern … Continue reading

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The Deathbird • 1973 • magical realism short story by Harlan Ellison

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb. This magical realism short story appeared March 1973 in The Magazine of Fantasy and SF and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. It won the 1974 Hugo and Locus Awards. Synopsis:  In an inversion of Christian and Jewish mythology, humanity’s alien protector helps … Continue reading

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Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W • 1972 • magical realism novelette by Harlan Ellison

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb. This magical realism short story appeared October 1974 in The Magazine of Fantasy and SF and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. It won the 1975 Hugo and Locus Awards. Synopsis:  (Copied from Wikipedia:) Larry Talbot wants to die, but cannot unless he first … Continue reading

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Rock God • 1969 • magical realism short story by Harlan Ellison

★★★ Meta: isfdb. This magical realism short story appeared November 1969 in Coven, as a comic book story April 1970 in Creepy#32, and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. Synopsis:  The body of rock god Dis was divided across the globe. But the mote remained buried … Continue reading

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Paingod • 1965 • magical realism short story by Harlan Ellison

★★★★ Meta: isfdb. This magical realism short story appeared 1965 in his collection Paingod and other Delusions and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. Synopsis:  Minor god Trente’s job is to bring pain and suffering to life forms across all universes. After long time without emotional involvement, he … Continue reading

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Ernest and the Machine God • 1968 • magical realism short story by Harlan Ellison

★★★ Meta: isfdb. This magical realism short story appeared August 1968 in his collection “Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled” and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. Synopsis:  Selena, a beautiful woman and a master manipulator, has a car accident in some lost … Continue reading

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Delusion for a Dragon Slayer • 1966 • fantasy short story by Harlan Ellison

★★★ Meta: isfdb. This magical realism short story appeared 1966 in his famous collection I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. Synopsis:  Main protagonist Warren Glazer Griffin is an accounant who passes by a demolition site. An … Continue reading

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Shattered Like a Glass Goblin • 1968 • magical realism short story by Harlan Ellison

★★★ Meta: isfdb. This magical realism short story appeared 1968 in Damon Knight’s Orbit 4 anthology and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. Synopsis:  Veteran Rudy comes to a L.A. rundown house called “The Hill” to find his girlfriend Kristina. He finds her together with ten … Continue reading

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Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes • 1967 • magical realism novelette by Harlan Ellison

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb. This magical realism short story appeared August 1967 in Ellison’s famous collection I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. Synopsis:  Maggie is a prostitute seducing men to gain her own freedom. In a very special … Continue reading

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Neon• 1973 • SF short story by Harlan Ellison

★★1/2 Meta: isfdb. This SF short story appeared June 1973 in The Haunt of Horror and was re-published in Deathbird Stories. Synopsis:  Roger Charna needs electric communication, or he is going insane. He comes out of hospital with a metal hand, a sensoric right … Continue reading

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