Approaching Oblivion by Harlan Ellison

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By Harlan Ellison

The recent York occasions referred to as him "relentlessly honest" after which used him because the topic of its well-known Sunday Acrostic. humans Magizine acknowledged there has been nobody like him, then cursed him for combating effortless sleep. yet in those tales Harlan Ellison outdoes himself, rampaging like a mad factor via love ("Cold Friend", "Kiss of Fire", "Paulie Charmed the napping Woman"), hate ("Knox", "Silent in Gehenna"), intercourse ("Catman", "Erotophobia"), misplaced youth ("One existence, provided in Early Poverty") and into such extraordinary topics because the difficulties of blue-skinned, eleven-armed Yiddish extraterrestrial beings, what it's wish to witness the top of the realm and what occurs at the day the planet Earth swallows Barbra Streisand. Oh yeah, this one's a doozy!

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Her hair was long and gray, but not old gray; it was gray as if she liked it that way, the fashionable young person kind of gray. If you know what I'm getting at. ” she asked, finally. ” “I knitted real well. Who are you? ” She waved toward the end of the world, and around the street, and shrugged. “I don't know. I just sort of woke up here. ” “That's right. They've been gone for about a year. ” “Right here. I've been sitting here for about an hour. I was just starting to get my bearings. ” She seemed annoyed at that.

The checker in the dispenser mixed up the drink and set it out for him to remove. He carried it to her and she took it, giving him a faint look of amusement. ” She drank from the crystal, barely moving her lips. ” “We needn't circle each other, Mr. Redditch. ” “If you don't care for me, you can move out now. ” He turned sharply and went back to the dispenser. “It's the end of summer,” he said, softly. She sipped at the cool water in the crystal. He turned back to her, a melt in its helical container warm against his hand, and caught her unguarded expression: there was so much amusement in her face, in every line of her languid body, he felt like an adolescent again.

We had a cordial relationship, Opal and I. She kept up her yard and I kept up mine. We ate dinner together a lot, and we saw each other frequently through the day. Once-when she realized I was spending time at the Post Office-she came in with a letter and came up to my window and asked me for an air mail stamp. She had money. I sold it to her. She took it and said, “Thank you for removing those little white borders; I always have trouble with them and usually rip the stamp or leave some on the edge.

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