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"The City on the Edge of Forever" was recently voted the best episode of Star TrekTM ever. Despite that praise, Ellison has been bitching for 30 years that his original teleplay for the episode was butchered by Trek producer Gene Roddenberry and Paramount Studios henchmen. This volume offers the original, complete, unedited version of the script plus commentary by Ellison and many of the principal actors involved in the production. Ellison's numerous fans along with the general clamoring for all things Trek are bound to put this book in high demand. The script was previously published in a limited hardcover edition, but this paperback makes it much more accessible.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Ellison has had it--up to here! He wrote the original teleplay for the first Star Trek TV series' most popular episode (in which Kirk and Spock leap through a time gate into 1930s Chicago in order to prevent history being changed) and then watched, patiently fuming, for 30 years as Gene Roddenberry, that blankity-blank-blank, told everyone what an incompetent job Ellison had done and how much he had to labor to realize the script that was finally filmed. Yet since Ellison's original won a Writers Guild Award, the highest honor TV dramatists bestow, how incompetent could it have been? The answer, verified by the script's reappearance here alongside two prefatory treatments and two scenes Ellison added at Roddenberry's request, is "not at all." Seconding that assessment, four other ST writers and four original cast members weigh in. But what makes this the ST book of the year (maybe all time) is Ellison's sputtering, raging, fuming introduction in which he sets the record straight, by God! Invective doesn't come any better these days. Both ears and the tail, Harl! Ray OlsonSee all Product Description
I know that Ellison was wronged a thousand times between his original draft and the publishing of this book 30 years later, but to read the 100 pages of foul mouthed drivel that he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melvin Scott
Since I'd bought the 'Six Science Fiction' plays containing HE's bare bones account of the differences between his script and the end product, I wondered what he could possibly add... Read morePublished on July 2 2002
This book is divided into three parts. The first part is an extremely long, bile-filled introductory essay from the pen of author Harlan Ellison. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2001 by Andrew McCaffrey
For more than thirty years now, controversy has raged over the fan favorite Star Trek episode, "City on the Edge of Forever. Read morePublished on May 9 2001 by Jamie Jeffords
This is a long delayed comment to feeling like I have been ripped off by Ellison into buying this book.
The script in it is good. Read more
I have been a fan of Harlan's for years (what he thinks of me I have no idea, and probably shouldn't ask), so I'm extremely familiar with his irritation over the treatment of... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2000 by Phrodoe
To quote Leonard Nimoy from his afterword in this volume: "if you don't know by now that Harlan Ellison and Gene Rodenberry were engaged in a blood battle over this project ever... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2000 by Lawrance Bernabo
The intro is really almost unbelievable, Ellison comes across as bitter, petty and close to being off his rocker; skip it. Read morePublished on June 2 2000 by Heresy
The author's comments and introductory essay are a bit long and repetitive, but strike deep and true into the heart of the myth surrounding the late Mr. Roddenberry. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2000