I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

by Harlan Ellison | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0441363954 Global Overview for this book
Registered by phantomreader42 of Warner Robins, Georgia USA on 6/4/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Wednesday, June 04, 2003
Pre-numbered label used for registration.

Journal Entry 2 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Thursday, June 05, 2003
A collection of short stories. Contains the following:

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (which won the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Short Story)
Big Sam Was My Friend
Eyes of Dust
World of the Myth
Delusion for a Dragon Slayer
Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes

My favorites were the title story, Eyes of Dust and Delusion for a Dragon Slayer. In the introduction, Theodore Sturgeon remarks on the "psychedelic" quality of Delusion for a Dragon Slayer, but since I (like Harlan Ellison*) have never taken a halucinogenic drug, I'll just have to take Ted's word for it. In that story, I like the idea that you make your own heaven, but can only live in it if you prove yourself worthy on your own terms. I also like the quote from Goethe
Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.
My favorite Ellison story is still the first one I read, before I got this book, Repent, Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman.

This book has the distinction of being perhaps the only one I've yet read to include release instructions. The following is on the very first page:
In 1967 "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" was first published. It won the coveted Hugo Award as the Best Short Story of the year.

Over the next nine years it was reprinted and lauded hundreds of times. This book, in which that story appears, became a classroom standard in colleges all over America. The story was translated into sixteen languages.

In 1976 Kathryn Merrick, a high school teacher in Winifred, Montanta, gave "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" as an assignment to her students. The Winifred school board fired her. Kathy Merrick was forced to leave town.

Buy a copy of this book and send it to a needy child in Winifred, Montana. And find out what raised the demon of censorship in that cold, far place where certain dreams and ideas are not permitted. A place where no screams are heard.

I bought this book used through Amazon.com. If possible, I'll try to release it as suggested above.

*In his introduction, Sturgeon noted that there is a factor in human blood identical or very similar to a hallucinogen, and theorized that Ellison had an unusual amount of this factor, which would explain the genius and madness of his writing.

Journal Entry 3 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Friday, June 06, 2003
I made a forum post looking for someone in Montana to send this book to, and asking for information on why Kathryn Merrick was fired for assigning it.
annulla sent me this link: http://harlanellison.com/review/nomouth.htm.
owlet found an answer to my question here.
Thank you both.

Journal Entry 4 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Wednesday, June 11, 2003
F&SF's Competition 35 (August 1984) asked for capsule reviews of sf or fantasy titles. First prize went to Robert Werner of Albany, NY who submitted the following:
Disch, The Puppies of Terra: A playful novel with bite
Niven, The Integral Trees: Derivative, wooden.
McIntyre, The Entropy Effect: Ran out of energy.
Dann, Starhiker: Pick this one up.
Ende, The Neverending Story: Seemed that way.
Ellison: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: I have and yawned.
Heinlein, Glory Road: Plot holes, needs resurfacing.
Williamson, Manseed: Grows on you.

Some more of my favorites from this contest:
From Bridget Mintz Register of Dayton, TX:
Boyd, The Last Starship from Earth:Don't miss it.

From Jean MacKay Jackson of Broken Arrow, OK:
McCaffrey, Dragonflight: Pernographic.
Adams, Watership Down: Hare-raising.

F&SF Competitions:
Competition 10: Froomb/Zotz
Competition 19: Limericks Ending With SF Titles
Competition 29: Burma Shave
Competition 31: "Strange Whine"
Competition 33: SF Redefinitions
Competition 35: Capsule Reviews
Competition 43: "Call Him Lard"
Competition 44: Asimov Cocktail
Competition 46: Titles As Acronyms
Competition 47: Alien Personals
Competition 51: Anagrams
Competition 53: Cover Copy
Competition 56: Musical SF

Journal Entry 5 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Sunday, August 17, 2003
I'll be sending this to avanta7 in trade for A Canticle For Leibowitz.

Journal Entry 6 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Sunday, August 17, 2003
Here is a forum post made here by owlet:
Re: Book with it's own release instructions
Here's a little more about the subject on the same website:
The story of Kathy Merrick and the forces of evil ignorance. Merrick was a high school teacher in Winifred, Montana who lost her job because she taught Ellison’s “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” in her junior and senior English classes. Her contract was not renewed because, she was told, she taught godless pornography. The event stirred up the Billings press, the state education association and ACLU got involved, and Ellison offered to fly up to speak on Merrick’s behalf, but the school board would admit no outside testimony.

No outside testimony, no chance to defend herself, no accurate definition of her "crime."
Can you say "Witch Hunt"?

Journal Entry 7 by phantomreader42 from Warner Robins, Georgia USA on Sunday, August 17, 2003
Before I send this off, I'll make a few comments about the claim that the title story is "Godless Pornography" (which was the reason given for Kathryn Merrick's dismissal).
  1. Who decides what is "Godless Pornography?
  2. If it is pornography (see #4), does it matter if it's godless? Isn't normal pornography bad enough? The only way the term "godless" could matter is if "pornography" is not accurate, and in that case why use it?
  3. Can you show me some pornography that is NOT godless, and explain the difference? Can you even define "godless"?
  4. Isn't pornography supposed to be sexually arousing? I certainly didn't find the story arousing. Did the school board actually READ it first? Or are they all perverts trying to cover up their imperfections by blaming someone else?
  5. How can a public school fire a teacher for teaching something "godless"? What about separation of church and state? (Unless it isn't a public school, but the book refers to the Winifred school board firing her)

Journal Entry 8 by avanta7 on Friday, August 22, 2003
Received in the mail yesterday. Thank you, phantomreader 42!

Journal Entry 9 by avanta7 on Thursday, September 15, 2005
Harlan Ellison is a genius. 'Nuff said.

SF short stories are just about the only genre of short stories I can stand. Many thanks to phantom for sharing this book with me. (Can I come out of your room now?)

Journal Entry 10 by SLObunch from San Luis Obispo, California USA on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Obtained from the shelf of BookCrosser avanta7 in anticipation of an upcoming weekend of wild releasing.

Journal Entry 11 by SLObunch at Morgan Court at Lincoln & Ocean in Carmel, California USA on Saturday, December 03, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (12/3/2005 UTC) at Morgan Court at Lincoln & Ocean in Carmel, California USA



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