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Harlan Ellison address fans at Minicon 41 (photo ┬ęDavid Dyer-Bennet)

The news came of the death of writer and screenwriter Harlan Ellison: the cause hasn’t been released but he died yesterday in his sleep.

Harlan Ellison’s character was certainly not easy but behind his disputes there was an artist who worked in various ways, sometimes not easy to notice immediately. He wrote very few novels so his visibility has always been lesser than that of many colleagues and the fact that he became famous and appreciated for the courage of his works says a lot about his importance in the field of science fiction.

Edward Hamilton Waldo, this is his birth name, was born on February 26, 1918 in New York, USA. His parents divorced when he was still a child, his mother remarried to William Sturgeon and he took his surname also changing his personal name, hence becoming legally Theodore Sturgeon.

In 1950 Theodore Sturgeon published his first novel, “The Dreaming Jewels”, also known as “The Synthetic Man”, first in the magazine “Fantastic Adventures” and later in a revised version as a book. In 1953 Theodore Sturgeon published his second novel, “More Than Human”, obtained fixing-up three previously published stories. These are the novels considered his masterpieces, in which he develops at best some elements typical of his works with misfit protagonists.

Theodore Sturgeon lived for several years in Springfield, Oregon, where he died on May 8, 1985 of pulmonary fibrosis. He left a mark in the field of science fiction with stories in which he explores his characters’ humanity in various ways. He’s also known for the law that bears his name that states that Ninety percent of [science fiction] is crud, but then, ninety percent of everything is crud”.

Jeri Lynn Zimmermann – this is her birth name – was born on February 22, 1968 in Munich, in the then West Germany, where her father, an American military, was serving.

In 1997 Jeri Ryan joned the cast of the TV show “Star Trek: Voyager” playing 7of9, a Borg drone who gests disconnected from the collective and must rediscover her individuality. She’s remembered in particular for her very close-fitting costume but in various episodes she also showed her acting skills for which she won the Golden Satellite Award in 1999 and the Saturn Award in 2001 also receiving nominations in other years. 7of9 is her most famous character, to which she also gave her voice in a couple of videogames based on that show.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) in Will You Take My Hand? (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“Will You Take My Hand?” is the 15th episode – also the 1st season finale – of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “The War Without, The War Within”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “Will You Take My Hand?”.

Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) leads the operations in the mission on the planet Qo’noS despite some problems with the crew, not used to her attitude, typical in the mirror universe. During the reconnaissance that’s supposed to aim to gather information, Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) discovers the real plan and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) finds herself once again in the position of having to make crucial choices.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in The War Without, The War Within (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“The War Without, The War Within” is the 14th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “What’s Past Is Prologue”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “The War Without, The War Within”.

After the contact with the Federation, the USS Discovery is reached by Admiral Katrina Cornwell (Jayne Brook) and Sarek (James Frain). The situation of the war is even worse than that evident for the crew at first sight and requires extreme measures, even desperate, to change it.