The City on the Edge of Forever Hardcover – Dec 1995
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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
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Here is _Star Trek_ as it might have been, _Star Trek_ as it should have been, with a realistic portrait of a future in which man takes all of his imperfections with him into the stars. Because what Roddenberry failed to see, and what Harlan Ellison tried to show him, is that the imperfectability of man does not preclude the doing of great deeds, either individually or collectively. What matters is what do you do with the bad apples once you discover them, and what checks and balances do you put in place to handle the occasional lapses that occur even at the level of command.Read more ›
The idea was planted in my head by Ellison himself in the preamble I saw a million times (and read perhaps twice) in the first few pages of my Doctor Who novels all those years ago: "... Star Wars is adolescent nonsense and Star Trek could turn your brain into puree of bat guano...".Read more ›
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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 16 months ago by Melvin Scott
This is not just his script and re-writes for city On The Edge of Forever. They take up maybe a third of the book. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2014 by Bootsy Bass
WARNING: I'm assuming that if you're reading this, you've seen the award-winning STAR TREK episode "City on the Edge of Forever. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by David H. Downing
Any fan of the original Star Trek series will probably tell you that "The City On The Edge Of Forever" is among their favorite episodes of the show's entire run. Read morePublished on July 16 2003 by T.
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
Ellison's story of television treachery is quite funny at times, and it's always nice to see well-written potshots at both Gene Roddenberry and what Ellison calls "Trekkie... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2001 by Eric Martin
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