According to his wife Susan, “A couple of days ago Harlan had a stroke. He’s in the hospital. His right side is paralyzed. He’s comfortable — as possible. We will keep you up-to-date with his progress.”
Although he’s been in poor health for the last few years, his friends and family have all given favorable reports to his progress while in the hospital. At the very least he is recovering and his attitude towards life has not missed a beat.
While his body might need some recovering time, it sounds like his mind is still running at full speed. Screenwriter Josh Olson recently visited him and said that he is “being quintessential Harlan — talking a mile a minute, and throwing out more obscure references per minute than anyone can possibly keep up with.”
Ellison’s tough demeanor was also evident as Patton Oswalt tweeted last night:
Spoke to Harlan Ellison in hospital. Stroke paralyzed his right side. His brain is intact (and profane & lucid). He’s on the mend. #mrmee
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 13, 2014
Today, Ellison’s friend Clifford Meth tweeted:
@SciFi4Me HE is moving his arm already. Every day shows great progress.
— Clifford Meth (@CliffordMeth) October 14, 2014
So that at the very least is good news.
Ellison is responsible for writing over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays to date. His work has garnered a slew of critical praise over his lifetime to date that has also included multiple Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Edgar awards. Non-literary fans most likely know him from his work on scripts for ‘The Outer Limits,’ ‘Star Trek,’ and ‘The Twilight Zone.’ While not responsible for writing the series he was also a creative consultant on ‘Babylon 5.’
From multiple genres to various forms of media, Ellison has done it all. We all hope that once he overcomes this latest challenge that we’ll see him right back at it.
Source: Giant Freakin Robot