Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman has ratings and reviews. Apatt said: In a future where humanity has become obsessed with timekeeping. Said the Ticktockman “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison was first published in and won two reputable awards. It is a satirical . Harlan Ellison Harlan Ellison’s short story, “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” first appeared in Galaxy magazine in December , and earned .

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“Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman

A rebel inhabits a world where conformity and punctuality are top priorities and the Ticktockman cannot accept the Harlequin’s presence in his perfectly ordered world. Hardcover48 pages. Published October 1st by Underwood Books first published December To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about “Repent, Harlequin! Be the first to ask a question about “Repent, Harlequin! Lists with This Book. Oct 16, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: In a future where humanity has become obsessed with timekeeping and punctuality, a single mysterious figure tries to make a change, by wasting everybody’s time.

Try reading that in a deep movie trailer voice. In this future we have become so obsessed with punctuality that tardiness has become a crime and t In a future where humanity has become obsessed with timekeeping and punctuality, a single mysterious figure tries to make a change, by wasting everybody’s time.

In this future we have become so obsessed with punctuality that tardiness has become a crime and the duration of your tardiness will be deducted from your lifespan. The Harlequin is a superhero of sorts whose only powers are his imagination and defiance.

His acts of rebellion are silly public stunts that throw people off their work schedule and cause the unthinkable: It was a tiny matter, one hardly worthy of note, but in a society where the single driving force was order and unity and promptness and clocklike precision and attention to the clock, reverence of the gods of the passage of time, it was a disaster of major importance.

I don’t want to post a download link when I am not sure of the story’s copyright status. View all 7 comments. Harlan Ellison – thanks for warning us about the Ticktockman. The obverse side is today. Something as elegant as that title promises so much. If you aren’t aware, then I encourage you to read a brief overview about harlequins on Wikipedia.

My soul would be an outlaw. I can do nothing with it. Today, in a time obsessed with everyone being special, does this even make sense?

Tciktockman zeitgeist associated with the author’s plea of acceptance over rigidity and sameness is nearly the other end of the pendulum swing. Where people demand exemptions re Jarlan obverse side is today. Where people demand exemptions regardless of need to validate how special they are. The performance of individuality is nearly as ridiculous as the conformity Ellison was railing against in this story. Anti-war, whispers of anarchism, state government oppression, mechanization and dehumanization, all are a part of this story, but it is not a call to arms.


There is a playfulness and irreverence instead, disruption not destruction. There are many allusions to both the time period and other great works of literature that make this into a mixed-form with didactic social commentary and fiction. It is concise, elegant, and makes evident why Repennt was awarded so many honors.

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View all 6 comments. Dec 26, Michael rated it it was ok Shelves: In this republication of an old story by the author, a regimented futuristic utopia is presented. It is so dependent on timing and scheduling that one resident known as the Harlequin rebels against the boring order in favor of spontaneity and fantastical practical jokes. These activities throw schedules and productivity of the society seriously out of whack.

There is escalation on both sides as the Harlequin gains mysterious powers. I must be too jaded and dependent on plot and character develop In this republication of an old story by the author, a regimented futuristic utopia is presented. I must be too jaded and dependent on plot and character development for this to register much joy on my pleasure meter. I remain curious about other more substantial work by Ellison, whom I harequin failed to read before this opportunity.

This story was provided by the publisher for review by the Netgalley program. Apr 07, Andreas rated it it was amazing. That alone would deserve 5 stars – it covers the whole story with the result of the conflict between the main protagonists.

Full review at my blog. Aug 07, Dimitri rated it liked it Shelves: A masterful allegory, albeit a fatalistic one, that resonates with every comuter in the world. The 60’s Hugo awards housed some prophecies that only became more serious in the age of social media. Apr 25, Manny rated it really liked it. Roughly, imagine as a big-budget comedy with a lot of CGI.

Oddly enough, it works, or at least I thought it did when I read this harlna my early teens. Somehow I thought this was a book ticktockmxn stories, but no, it is just the one short story. A fairly nice parable about resistance to conformity. Government has the power to shorten people’s lives to punish them for being late, thus getting society to move smoothly and on time. Harlequin resits and is eventually brought down. But his resistance is not in hzrlequin.

Apr 10, Brian Yahn rated it really liked it. What a bizarre story, but in a good way. A comically disturbing short story about time, time, time, the universe of time robots and the time rebel.

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Dec 11, Liz Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this story, people live by a time tue, and once they reach it, they are turned off, and that becomes their death, and the sentence giver is rpent as The Ticktockman.


That is left to the reader, and I am not sure of my answer. Why let them tell you to ticktickman and scurry like ants or maggots? Enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the breeze, let life carry you at your own pace! Dec 09, Eric rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Thd — it’s short enough that if you didn’t like it, I wouldn’t feel bad having recommended it.

I hunted this down after learning the Justin Timberlake sci-fi movie In Time was loosely based on this short story. Two quick points before my review of the short story: It seems to be a stretch, but hey, whatever. So, I found the entire short story on this websitewhich I don’t really feel guilty about, as I tried to buy it — physically and digitally — first. As for the short story, it’s really great.

With tips of the hat to Henry David Thoreau, Robin Hood andit knows exactly what it wants to be, and manages to get there in around ten pages, despite having a long quote from Civil Disobedience and a lengthy run-on paragraph describing in great existential detail the experience of tons of jelly beans raining down from the sky.

Aug 06, Nafiza rated it it was amazing. I can read this once. And then countless times. And every time I do, it offers me something more, something different. It’s an eccentric story, no less terrifying for it’s rather interesting characters. A world where people are simply turned “off” when their time finishes – terrifying, right?

The Ticktockman, if you haven’t guessed already, is the one who does the turning off. Now Harlequin is the rebel character – only, he is a rebel with a cause. He spreads chaos and jellybeans and disturbs I can read this once.

He spreads chaos and jellybeans and disturbs the general order of life – uniform life that holds the alternate world together. There are so many layers to this story and you have to wonder about the genius of it’s author considering he wrote it in less than twenty minutes. It’s beautiful and I recommend it.

Ich habe sie schon oft auf Englisch gelesen, weil sie in vielen Antholgien ist. Diese Lesung war meine erste auf deutsch. Sie gewann sowohl den Hugo Award als auch den Nebula Award.

Sie ist weitgehend eine metaphorische Arbeit mit kaum beschriebenen Charakteren. Sie verurteilt die moderne Gesellschaft und ihren entmenschlichenden Zeitdruck. Mar 09, Mere rated it it harlequkn amazing Shelves: Love this short story!