|Harlan Ellison is one of the most prolific and outspoken writers in America, having written and/or edited more than 70 books, and written over 1,700 shorter pieces. Commonly thought of as a science fiction writer, although that only makes up a small percentage of his published work, Ellison has written mainstream fiction, horror, screenplays and teleplays, criticism, newspaper columns, and he has even hosted call-in radio shows. Associated with the development of American science fiction in the 1950s, Ellison was a roommate of Robert Silverberg when both were working at New York pulp magazines writing short stories for a living. Early on though, Ellison showed interest outside of the field of genre writing--his first novel, RUMBLE, was based on his experiences as a member of a New York street gang. He is known to movie audiences as the source for the post-apocalyptic thriller A BOY AND HIS DOG--based on his 1969 Nebula Award-winning short story--and the box-office smash THE TERMINATOR--which was based on two of his stories, "Demon With A Glass Hand" and "Soldier". Still holding a strong fan base in the science fiction community, Ellison is one of the few writers with an sf background who has achieved critical success in non-genre writing.