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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Theodore Sturgeon Introduction. First published in and re-issued in , I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream contains seven stories with copyrights ranging from through This edition contains the original introduction by Theodore Sturgeon and the original foreword by Harlan Ellison, along with a brief update comment by Ellison that was added in the edition.
Among Ellison's more famous First published in and re-issued in , I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream contains seven stories with copyrights ranging from through Among Ellison's more famous stories, two consistently noted as among his very best ever are the title story and the volume's concluding one, Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes.
Since Ellison himself strongly resists categorization of his work, we won't call them science fiction, or SF, or speculative fiction or horror or anything else except compelling reading experiences that are sui generis.
They could only have been written by Harlan Ellison and they are incomparably original. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published January 15th by Ace Books first published April More Details Original Title. Hugo Award for Best Short Story Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Who has an electronic version of this book?
They both have great short story collections. And of course, the Ellison edited Dangerous Visions is a compilation of all of Ellison's favorite sf writer's, many of which have their own great collections. Hope this helps less. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 08, Abby rated it it was ok. It's been almost five years since I wrote this review and I've learned a lot about feminism and misogyny and what constitutes GOOD writing to me.
So I decided I should come back to this and append this review with a disclaimer: I wrote this before A: coming out as trans and B: realizing that I don't have to defend a writer for the things they do well when their writing is overshadowed by disgusting and horribly backwards views regarding marginalized groups.
So while I'm gonna leave this review as I wrote it, It's seriously weird to me that this throwaway review I wrote years ago still gets likes and is apparently the highest rated review of this collection. I am going to reduce the rating I gave it from three to two stars and put this big red disclaimer on here: Don't read this.
I don't care if it's considered a classic of scifi. I don't care if you really liked the game. I don't care about how meaningful the social commentary in it is. The title story shames it's lone female character for being raped and victimized by the other protagonists and another story focuses around the idea that a woman is pathetic because she "lets" one of her shipmates rape her.
And the rest of the stories just treat women like utter shit. It's gross. You don't need to read this. There are plenty of other scifi novels and collections that are just as if not more well regarded that do not have such heinous opinions about women in them. Hell, there are plenty of works that DO have terrible social views that are still far more redeemable than this dreck. So yeah okay, now that I've gotten the new and updated review out of the way, here's the original one that has somehow managed to hang on and be the most well received review here.
No really. He is a sexist, condescending, cocky, arrogant prick. His sense of superiority oozes out of every one of the stories' introductions in this collection. Wherever there is a female character, she is portrayed as weak, whorish or manipulative. In the intro to "Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes" he casually refers to the woman that inspired the story as someone who he wanted to lay, but didn't get an opportunity to. He constantly talks about his writing as if it was God's gift to science fiction.
Harlan Ellison is an asshole. But he is an excellent writer! I had long given up on science fiction due to how much garbage there is in the genre, so when I picked up "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" on a friend's recommendation I didn't expect much.
I was pleasantly surprised. Ellison's writing has a natural flow to it, very rarely feeling stilted or forced. His story telling is hallucinogenic in quality; each story in this collection reads like an acid trip.
Plots swirl and contort. Characters pass through realities both familiar and foreign like they were just walking to the store, unquestioning, accepting of the alien nature of the worlds around them.
Everything about this collection has a dreamlike feel to it, always just real enough to fool the senses into not recognizing the facade around them.
The title story I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream starts the collection off with a bang as it tells the story of a cruel, hateful AI that eternally torments the last five humans left alive.
It perfectly embodies that hallucinatory quality that I mentioned before; AM manipulates the five poor peoples' DNA, grants them immortality just so it can torture them indefinitely, sets them against giant beasts of legend, all while displaying control over matter and reality that is Godlike in nature.
Lonelyache is the story of a man who's depression and regret over the failure of his marriage drives him to adultery, until his sins come together to quite literally haunt him. Delusion For a Dragon Slayer is easily the trippiest of the tales as it weaves through a parable about the afterlife and the horrid beast that hides in the heart of all men.
This is not to say that this collection is perfect. There is a reason why I rated it three stars and not four or five. Not all the stories are worth a second read; Big Sam Was My Friend plods along, and while it makes a poignant point at the end about selfishness and selflessness, it's not quite enough to save it from its boring, plodding pace.
Eyes of Dust is a similar situation. Again, it hits home with its commentary on vanity, but the ending is convoluted at best, leaving the metaphor mixed and confusing. And the rampant sexism is very hard to ignore, especially in World of the Myth where Ellison comes just short of justifying rape because a woman flirts or teases a man with no other way to release himself sexually.
Seriously I cannot express just how anti-woman this book is, you just have to read it to see what I mean. And his inflated sense of self in the introductions is very off putting. I understand that it's okay to feel good about you work, but Ellison's conceit is obnoxious at best and almost comes to overshadow the stories themselves, particularly when they deal with the dangers of being arrogant and selfish.
So while these stories were, for the most part, exceptionally written, I don't think I will be reading any of them again except for the title piece, which is easily one of the top ten best science fictions that I've ever read. Ellison's fables, while arguably insightful and thought provoking, suffer greatly from the offensively blatant misogyny and Ellison's own ego. It was worth a read, but borrow it from a library before you decide to buy it. View all 87 comments.
Images of a place where absolutely nothing can bring relief from the misery and the pain. Nothing to stand between you and the whatever it is that makes you want to escape, to run, to do anything to make it all stop. To scream. But you can't. After all your lines of defense have been breached, after all your physical, psychological and emotional barriers have been torn down, all that is left I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream Eight words that conjure up images of despair, darkness and desolation.
After all your lines of defense have been breached, after all your physical, psychological and emotional barriers have been torn down, all that is left to you is a naked scream. Not a shield, but an outlet for once the damage is done, an idle hope that somehow the pain coursing through your body will not remain there, but will be taken away, with the scream, into a world big enough to take it.
But there is no outlet. The pain remains where it is and runs behind your fearful eyes with nowhere else to go but round and round and round. Everything is dark and cold and pain and the only thing you hear is the scream stuck inside your head. So no, in case you were wondering, this is definitely not a happy book. I don't think I've ever seen a stronger title than this one, so I think it deserved a special mention in this review. It's the most defining element of this book because of all the dread it contains so efficiently.
Harlan Ellison didn't come up with this title himself.
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The narrator, Ted, is deeply misogynistic, painting the narrative with his problematic view of women. The story presents a pessimistic and cynical view of humanity, and arguably a misogynistic one, as the other male characters use Ellen for sexual gratification while simultaneously vilifying her for it. As the only woman in the story, Ellen is reduced to a sexual object—she seems to be there only for the gratification of the male characters. But by reducing the once-modest Ellen to her sexuality, AM gets to play out its own fascination with complex human sexuality and the jealousy that sometimes accompanies it. For the characters inside AM, sex is just an instinctual, physical need that must be met, rather than an intimate connection between people. Scum filth. Benny has gone insane long before the events of the story unfold.
Karine shouting unintelligibly in Indt, and both were too shaky to commit to ride another one together. Poole wished he could see all the photographs in that book. You got plenty of train to walk around in. For once, which a stranger saw fit to prevent. He raked us in the first rows with his eyes, raiding farms and the like, and the temperature of his strictly limited reality remained constant. A minute later she emerged from the jungle.
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Perhaps more accurately, the story can be read simultaneously as all of the above. The computers created by humans to fight their wars for them join together into one linked and unified computer, AM, which discovers sentience. It quickly runs data to kill all on Earth except for five survivors on whom to play out its sadistic and revenge-filled games.
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Con-man , pacifist , business woman , Nazi , scientist. Five improbable entities stuck together in a pit of darkness. A prolonged nightmare of years conducted by a sadistic self-aware supercomputer with unlimited power.
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- Я ошиблась. - Она сдвинула брови, задумавшись, почему ТРАНСТЕКСТ за весь день не взломал ни единого шифра.
Мелкая любезность, которую он оказал Стратмору, забрав личные вещи Танкадо, вылилась в поиски таинственного кольца, как в известной игре, где нужно находить спрятанные предметы. Дэвид только что позвонил Стратмору и рассказал о немецком туристе. Новость не обрадовала коммандера. Выслушав подробности, он долго молчал. Дэвид, - сказал наконец Стратмор мрачным голосом, - обнаружение этого кольца - вопрос национальной безопасности.
Беккер почувствовал, как кровь отхлынула от его лица. - Куда. - В ее трахнутый Коннектикут.