In the world of genre literature, there are several names that are synonymous with great sci-fi. Ray Bradbury. Arthur C. Clarke. Isaac Asimov. Philip K. Dick.
And of course, Harlan Ellison. Yes, anyone who knows anything about sci-fi literature knows the guy’s always been a prickly, angry, litigious crank who certainly hasn’t mellowed with age, but there’s also no doubt he’s one of the best in the history of the genre.
tells us that Ellison is working with artist Paul Chadwick on a new comic for DC that’s called Harlan Ellison’s 7 Against Chaos. An official description of the comic calls it "singular, powerful and unpredictable," an "extraordinary odyssey of mystery and adventure [that] will take you to the rim of reality and beyond."
7 Against Chaos is due next summer, and as this report tells us, the plot has something to do with the world being in serious trouble in the near future. "The fabric of reality is unraveling, leading to catastrophic natural disasters, displaced souls appearing from bygone eras, and sudden, shocking cases of spontaneous combustion."
Who can stop all this insanity? Why the 7 of the title, that’s who. The 7 in question are a group of warriors who have their special talents and powers, but can they figure out what’s causing all this insanity and fix it before it ends up ending the world?
While in less capable hands this could be just another silly sci-fi story, in the more than capable hands of Ellison, it could be great.
As Ellison himself told DCComics: "This is 21 years of work finally come to fruition. It is The Magnificent Seven, The Seven Samurai in space, it is the dream fulfilled."
Ellison is 78, and even if he makes it to 100, you know he’ll never go gentle into the good night. It was good to see Bradbury staying active until he finally gave out at 91, and despite his irascible nature, it’s also good to know there’s going to be more Ellison stories to come as well.