Tom Johnson

January 1, 1997

Post #516 – 19970101

Dear Daniel,

As a fan of NPR I heard you give an interview to Scott Simon, and to my amazement, another author I’m fond of, namely Harlan Ellison, popped up. Or was it the other way around? At any rate, since I am also a fan of the television show Babylon 5, and Harlan Ellison is a consultant to the show, I thought you might ask to appear as an alien on the show. Ask Harlan, maybe he could arrange a cameo. It would be a hoot, and show support for the only intelligent science fiction show on television. Besides, you could really impress people by being an alien on TV, especially kids.

Daniel replies:

Harlan Ellison? Harlan Ellison? Who is that? Are you sure it was a segment on NPR in which I was heard? Maybe he was being interviewed by Daniel Schorr. Harlan? Ellison? It's familiar, but I can't place it. You don't mean Ralph Ellison, who wrote The Invisible Man, do you? No, not that Invisible Man, the other one--the greatest American novel since Moby Dick. But you wrote Harlan...I'm stumped.