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I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
There are many ironic things inside this book. Or even before you get inside the book. Let's start with the first four words of the title. I Have No Mouth …. Was famously outspoken Harlan Ellsion laughing at us when he wrote that?
Amazon page. This collection of short fiction by Harlan Ellison consists of only seven stories. Despite a bit of Cold War zeitgeist—most notably in the title story—this collection holds up well to time. The AIs ganged up against humanity and exterminated all humans—excepting five individuals 4 men and 1 woman. The AI finds a way to indefinitely extend the lives of the five so that it can keep its playthings around. The AI is kind of like a sadistic child with an ant farm.
Butler , without having read anything by her friend and mentor, Harlan Ellison, which is why I have included him on my Bucket List Worlds Without End reading challenge. And I can see how Ellison influenced and encouraged that, in reading his work. But there is a depth to the stories and the emotions he evokes. Such expansive and complete universes he builds within just a few thousand words. And the style of his writing. The results are truly spectacular, and something I think any aspiring writer should read.
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Please enter the email address that you use to login to TeenInk. Favorite Quote: If your a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If your a singer, everything looks like a song. Ellison uses a variety of symbolism, and imagery through diction, to depict a future where mankind creates the ultimate killing machine, AM. Within those years, AM has built a cavern under the earth, a place where death was virtually impossible, as well as aging.