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Harlan Ellison, the acclaimed science fiction writer perhaps best known for writing the original script for “The City on the Edge of Forever,” generally considered to be one of the best “Star Trek” episodes ever made, has passed away at age 84.

Ellison, USA Today notes, produced a lot more than science fiction: he wrote “1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, and criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media.” He famously feuded with “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry for rewrites done to “City on the Edge of Forever,” but sued for profits from products related to the episode. Stephen King described him as “angry, funny, eloquent, hugely talented.”

One great Ellison quote: “"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.”
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