Slippage (short story collection)

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First (limited) edition
Author Harlan Ellison
Cover artist Jill Bauman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Speculative fiction
Publisher Mark V. Ziesing (limited edition)
Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 303
ISBN 0-395-35341-6
OCLC 37600519
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3555.L62 S58 1997

Slippage is a collection of short stories by American author Harlan Ellison. In the introduction, Ellison introduces the concept of "slippage", or the falling apart of one's life, as the underlying theme of the book. In addition to the stories listed in the table of contents, the book includes a short narration of an unhealthy relationship with a woman named Charlotte as an example of a "slippage" in the author's life. Charlotte was the name of Ellison's first wife, married to her from 1956 to 1960.[1]

Several of the stories in Slippage won awards. "The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore" was selected for inclusion in the 1993 edition of The Best American Short Stories. "Chatting With Anubis" won the Bram Stoker Award for best short story in 1995. The collection as a whole also won a Locus Poll Award for best short story collection in 1998.

Mefisto in Onyx had previously appeared as an award-winning novella which had cover art by Frank Miller. It won the Bram Stoker Award in 1993[2] and the Locus Pool Award in 1994 for best Novella in each respective year.[3]

Slippage includes the screenplay for "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich", which originally aired as an episode of TV show The Twilight Zone in 1989.


  • Introduction: "The Fault in My Line"
  • "The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore"
  • "Anywhere But Here, With Anybody But You"
  • "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich"
  • "Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep"
  • "The Pale Silver Dollar of the Moon Pays its Way and Makes Change"
  • "The Lingering Scent of Woodsmoke"
  • "The Museum on Cyclopse Avenue"
  • "Go Toward the Light
  • Mefisto in Onyx
  • "Where I Shall Dwell in the Next World"
  • "Chatting With Anubis"
  • "The Few, The Proud"
  • "Sensible City"
  • "The Dragon on the Bookshelf" (written in collaboration with Robert Silverberg)
  • "Keyboard"
  • "Jane Doe #112"
  • "The Dreams a Nightmare Dreams"
  • "Pulling Hard Time"
  • "Scartaris, June 28"
  • "She's a Young Thing and Cannot Leave Her Mother"
  • "Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral"


  1. ^ Weil, Ellen and Gary K. Wolfe, "Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever" Ohio State University Press, 2002, pg. 36.
  2. ^ n/a. "Past Bram Stoker Nominees & Winners". The Horror Writers Association. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  3. ^ n/a. "1994 Locus Poll Awards". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2017-04-04.