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Harlan takes a break from the mic.

Harlan Ellison.  My, oh my, where to begin.

We keep saying that ENDER’S GAME ALIVE is one of a kind—and it is—but Harlan Ellison is truly one of a kind.  In a career spanning more than 40 years, Harlan has won more awards for the 75 books he has written or edited; the more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns; and the two dozen teleplays and a dozen motion pictures he has created, than any other living fantasist.

He has won the Hugo award 8½ times, the Nebula award three times, the Bram Stoker award, the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, the Georges Méliès fantasy film award twice, and two Audie Awards.

And he doesn’t even e-mail.  Yes, folks, he’s THAT cool.

We’ve been lucky enough to work with Harlan several times over the years, though our favorite collaboration to date—until this one, of course—had to be Skyboat’s short film The Delivery, in which Harlan played the White Rabbit.  With the sponsorship of Josh Stanton and Blackstone Audio, the short was released with an audiobook in what was the very first ever audiobook/film package combination.  The book was none other than Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, read by the velvet-voiced Michael York, and Through The Looking Glass, read by Harlan and directed by Stefan.  Harlan’s exciting reading rightly garnered a Grammy nod in the Spoken Word Category, and our film went on to win Best in Fantasy at the Dragoncon Film Festival.  We certainly have Harlan to thank for that.

Here’s Harlan in the studio with us, July 2013:

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Andrew “Ender” Wiggin………………Kirby Heyborne

Valentine Wiggin………………………….Susan Hanfield

Peter Wiggin………………………………….Paul Boehmer

John-Paul Wiggin…………………………..Arthur Morey

Theresa Wiggin…………………………..Gabrielle de Cuir

Mazer Rackham……………………..Richard McGonagle

Chamrajnagar/Fly Molo/Pol Slattery…..Vikas Adam

Jayadi………………………………………..Samantha Eggar

Colonel Graff………………………………..Stefan Rudnicki

Doctor/General Levy……………………………..Theo Bikel

DeeDee/Server………………………………………..Janis Ian

Dap………………………………………………………..Rex Linn

Bean………………………………………………..Emily Rankin

Alai/Stilson……………………………………Sunil Malhotra

Mick………………………………………………….Kathe Mazur

Bernard/Dink/Carn Carby………………Jim Meskimen

Shen………………………………………….Taylor Meskimen

Major Anderson………………………….John Rubinstein

Bonzo………………………………….…..Christian Rummel

Pumphrey…………………………….……..Lisa Renee Pitts 

Crazy Tom/Vlad Portchkot…………….Karyn O’Bryant

Talo Momoe………………………….Nathan Dana Aldrich

Girl………………………………………………………Kelly Catey

Pilot/Announcer/Computer…………………Scott Brick 

Snake/Teacher/Tower/Giant…………..Harlan Ellison

Of course we knew that Harlan was destined to be a part of EGA, and the Mind Game was the first place that came to mind.  Listening to Harlan hisssssss and sssssssslither through the Snake’s lines was the highlight of everyone’s day, and considering the fact that he can sometimes be a touch intimidating, it was no surprise that he slipped right into the Giant’s oversized shoes as well.  And, with a courteous nod the Gavin Hood’s Giant in the mind game, we think Harlan’s is well, gianter.  As the voice of the Tower, he got to work with Golden Voice Scott Brick, and listening to those two voices ping-ponging in the studio was an absolute delight.

Harlan was just as much a delight in the booth as he was out.  He’s a generous and hilarious storyteller, and spent most of his lunch break regaling Skyboaters with tales of his scrappy Ohioan youth.   Crooning to Grammy Winner Janis Ian below, he is adorable as always.

He’s a boundless bundle of energy, quick to open the door for someone or crack a joke, or as you’ll see in the video below, pose with an old friend for a selfie.  Yep, we’re pretty darn lucky to get to work with this guy.

Stay tuned for our final EGA Cast Spotlights, coming soon!
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