He was the editor for the highly popular science fiction anthology, Dangerous Visions, as well as a prolific writer.
He ran away from home at a young age and worked many odd jobs, such as: fisherman, crop-picker, hired gun, nitroglycerine truck driver and door-to-door brush salesman.
His writing has won him many awards, including multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Serita Rosenthal and Louis Laverne Ellison.
He is a screenwriter whose films have featured Elke Sommer.