I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

Among Ellison’s more famous stories, two consistently noted as his very best ever are the Hugo Award–winning, postapocalyptic title story of this collection of seven shorts and the volume’s concluding story, “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes.” Since Ellison himself strongly resists categorization of his work, we will not call them science fiction, or SF, or speculative fiction or horror or anything else except compelling reading experiences that are utterly unique. They could only have been written by the great Harlan Ellison, and they are incomparably original.

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By Nick (Lunenburg, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · January 31, 2015
Harlan Ellison is an asshole.

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... ...more
By Melissa (Denver, CO) · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 27, 2014
Wow. This book might've been pretty good if it hadn't been so misogynistic. There isn't a woman in this collection who isn't a slut, a tease, a one-dimensional character who is pined after for no good reason, or a body with a forgotten name for a protagonist to sleep with and then discard. Two wo... ...more
By Manny (Geneva, Switzerland) · ★★★★☆ · September 27, 2012
In Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream, five people are trapped inside the giant computer AM, which delights in torturing them in endlessly fiendish ways. Clearly, this touches a raw nerve: the story is one of the most famous in the history of science-fiction. It just occurred to... ...more
By Scribble (In the clouds, Singapore) · ★★★★★ · January 08, 2011
Some of us are still gallivanting around the cave, some of us are chained to the floor examining shadows. And some of us exist inside the consciousness of a malevolent artificial intelligence that derives its only amusement, diversion from unceasing monotony, in merciless torment of five survivin... ...more
By Adam (Southampton, Hampshire, The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 03, 2014
An evil computer kills the entire human race except for a few individuals, whom he torments for eternity. It’s poorly written, just piling up overstatements without any trace of nuance, wit or depth, and it centers on the most facile depiction of evil and misanthropy that I can imagine. ...more
By George (Clovis, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · March 05, 2013
Wow. Some pretty disturbing shit. Especially for the time period it was published in. Title story was the best in my opinion. ...more
By Venus (Laie, HI) · ★★★★☆ · September 26, 2013
I have a student in one of my colleges courses who asked if he could use this for one of his comparative essays. I usually encourage students to branch out, so of course I agreed. I had to read it to make sense of his paper, though, and I'm sort of regretting that.

This is eff'd up. It's one of th... ...more
By Eric (Knoxville, TN) · ★★★★☆ · August 24, 2014
Ellison doesn't look too favorably upon the "fairer sex," and that's only the beginning of his downright curmudgeonly character flaws he demonstrates in this anthology. And yet, there's a peculiar truth to be found in his work. Not that I am suggesting there is a tautological truth to be had here... ...more
By Matthew (Egg Harbor City, NJ) · ★★★★☆ · June 23, 2014
Imagine a bag of gumdrops. It can be any candy, but spiced gumdrops seem appropriate.
They look like perfect gumdrops- EVERYTHIBG you want gumdrops to be.
They taste like the perfect gumdrops- at first. But behind the sugar and spice, the flavor turns on your tongue. Your eyes widen in shock and ho... ...more
By Stop (Chicago, IL) · March 30, 2009
Read the STOP SMILING article about Harlan Ellison:

Bless the Knowledge, Curse the Lesson: Harlan Ellison and Counsel Fight the Good Fight
By Michael Helke

When the band Metallica filed suit against Napster for providing its subscribers with access to copyright-protected music, everybody scoffed.... ...more