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Harlan Ellison Tripped Up by Yahoo! Network Contributor

Interesting and familiar cautionary tale today from Michael Hinman, the Tampa, Florida keeper of sci-fi news blog Airlock Alpha.

After initially picking up on a November 2 news item, as did Syfy’s Blastr.com and the Orlando Sentinel, Hinman did a little digging and found there was no truth to a report that author Harlan Ellison has settled his lawsuit against the writer-director of the Justin Timberlake-Amanda Seyfried thriller In Time. The problem in this case is that the item originated, without attribution, within the nebulous confines of Yahoo!’s Contributor Network. Writes Hinman:

No one from Yahoo! has responded to a request for comment on whether Shirey developed this story on his own, or picked it up from the Yahoo assignment desk. Shirey himself has not responded to a request for comment. He has since posted another story on one of his aggregator websites, but has not removed his Ellison story…

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Pay The Writer? Not With This Technology!

The clip above of sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison getting all worked up at the concept of a writer working free of charge — “By what right would you call me and ask me to work for nothing? Do you get a paycheck? Does your boss get a paycheck? Do you pay the teamsters?!” — remains one of our favorite examples of righteous rage on the Internet. While it’s understandable that there are less and less jobs available for college graduates to get their foot in the door with a job in journalism, the spike in the number of writers willing to work for absolutely nothing in the last two years is not only insulting, it’s dangerous.

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Harlan Ellison Slams WGA Contract: “WGAw folded like a Texaco Road Map”

Harlan Ellison rips the proposed WGA contract into tiny little pieces, lights the shreds on fire and then uses a grenade launcher to send the glowing ashes back to Guild leadership. Summing up? He’s pissed:

THEY BEAT US LIKE A YELLOW DOG. IT IS A SHIT DEAL. We finally got a timorous generation that has never had to strike, to get their asses out there, and we had to put up with the usual cowardly spineless babbling horse’s asses who kept mumbling “lessgo bac’ta work’ over and over, as if it would make them one iota a better writer. But after months on the line, and them finally bouncing that pus-sucking dipthong Nick Counter, we rushed headlong into a shabby, scabrous, underfed shovelfulla shit clutched to the affections of toss-in-the-towel summer soldiers trembling before the Awe of the Alliance.

Here’s Ellison ranting earlier:

He’s dreamy. Frothing, but dreamy.