Harlan Ellison on his anti-authoritarian politics and the honor of the Prometheus Award: His 2015 acceptance speech and home video

Sample excerpt from Harlan Ellison acceptance speech:

“I consider it to be a great honor. I take this award with considerable seriousness,” Ellison said.

“When I received the initial nomination (in 2011), I was enormously impressed….. George Orwell (Animal Farm), Rudyard Kipling (“As Easy as A.B.C.”), E.M. Forster (“The Machine Stops”)… That’s pretty stiff competition to be in. It’s now four years later, and I’m very pleased to be getting the Prometheus Award.”

Harlan Ellison at the 1984 LA Worldcon (Creative Commons license)

“I’ve never been a Republican, never been a Democrat, communist, socialist, fascist or anything else,” Ellison said.

“If you want to call me a libertarian, I have no objections… We’ll sit down sometime and have our discussions.

In the meantime,… I’m enormously pleased to be getting this award.”

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