Harlan Ellison, The Last Dangerous Visions, and a Usenet War

Karen Brenchley
Oct 12, 2019 · 3 min read

Long ago, in 1998, there was the Internet (capitalized) but no World Wide Web, no Facebook, no Twitter. So where could people go to post messages on various topics, then fight about it? Usenet, a distributed network of discussion groups that anyone with access to a news server could use. And we used them.

I’m a fan of science fiction, and one of my favorite writers was Harlan Ellison, a brilliant writer and editor who everyone either loved or hated. He could be…opinionated. One of the books he edited was a groundbreaking…