Very sorry to hear that Harlan Ellison has passed away. Not just a wonderful writer of science fiction and fantasy, but a wonderful writer. Period.
When I was in my early 20s devouring Ellison books, I was always impressed by the fact that Harlan's introductions to his short stories were as engaging as the stories themselves. Sometimes more! The man seemed to pour the entirety of himself into everything he wrote.
My favorite Ellison quote? "Writing is a holy chore.” It is indeed.
Sincere condolences to Harlan Ellison's friends and family.