Fans are grieving the loss of decorated author Harlan Ellison, the sci-fi literary giant who died Wednesday night at age 84.
Ellison wrote more than 1,700 stories, earning multiple Hugo, Nebula and Edgar awards for his work in science fiction.
Beyond literature, Ellison ventured into screenwriting and teleplays, including penning the script for the “Star Trek” episode “The City on the Edge of Tomorrow.”
Though fiercely beloved by fans, Ellison was also a controversial figure in pop culture, known for his argumentative manner, litigious nature and unwillingness to mince words.
Here are just a few of the missives popping up on Twitter Thursday to memorialize Ellison.
Harlan Ellison: There was no one quite like him in American letters, and never will be. Angry, funny, eloquent, hugely talented. If there's an afterlife, Harlan is already kicking ass and taking down names.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 28, 2018
My heart is broken. Off to gather what few thoughts I can for awhile.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 28, 2018
What an awful day.
Harlan Ellison is dead.
RIP the incomparable Harlan Ellison.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) June 28, 2018
Feisty, furious, yet extraordinarily kind and generous; Harlan Ellison was one of a kind. He was family to us Maltins and our hearts go out to his incredible wife Susan. The world will be a duller place without him. #RIPHarlanEllison pic.twitter.com/EaSF1iEOmX— Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) June 28, 2018
In junior high, in my mind, it was me & Harlan Ellison against the world. I had 14 autographed books by him including the hardback Shatterday and the amazing illustrated HE with Bill Stout illustrations on "Shattered Like a Glass Goblin."— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) June 28, 2018
My son asked me just now what I was looking at, and I said "Harlan Ellison," and he asked a question and I said what I tell him when someone's dead: "Yes, he's gone to be with the Lord."— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) June 28, 2018