The City on the Edge of Forever

The City on the Edge of Forever

eBook - 2014
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Over the course of his legendary career, Harlan Ellison has defied-and sometimes defined-modern fantasy literature, all while refusing to allow any genre to claim him. A Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association as well as winner of countless awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker, Ellison is as unpredictable as he is unique, irrepressible as he is infuriating. E-Reads is proud to publish over thirty titles in Ellison's brilliant catalog, now available in an elegant new package featuring Ellison himself. Genius never felt so combustible. The original teleplay that became the classic Star Trek episode, with an expanded introductory essay by Harlan Ellison 'The City on the Edge of Forever' has been surrounded by controversy since the airing of an "eviscerated" version--which subsequently has been voted the most beloved episode in the series' history. In its original form, 'The City on the Edge of Forever' won the 1966-67 Writers Guild of America Award for best teleplay. As aired, it won the 1967 Hugo Award. 'The City on the Edge of Forever' is, at its most basic, a poignant love story. Ellison takes the reader on a breathtaking trip through space and time, from the future, all the way back to 1930s America. In this harrowing journey, Kirk and Spock race to apprehend a renegade criminal and restore the order of the universe. It is here that Kirk faces his ultimate dilemma: a choice between the universe--or his one true love. This edition makes available this astonishing teleplay as Ellison intended it to be aired. The author's introductory essay reveals all of the details of what Ellison describes as a "fatally inept treatment" of his creative work. Was he unjustly edited, unjustly accused, and unjustly treated?
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, 2014.
ISBN: 9781497604834
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (326 pages).


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May 02, 2015

I am not, never have been, nor ever will be a "Star Trek" fan, although I've enjoyed the new films. Growing up in the late 70s/early 80s, hardly any kid was, as "Star Wars" dominated our lives. Anyway, I first heard of the prolific maverick sci-fi author Harlan Ellison in connection with the original show. He wrote what is generally considered one of the best episodes, "The City on the Edge of Forever," which won several awards, including a Hugo. However, it was shrouded in controversy, as creator/guru Gene Roddenberry claimed the original script was unfilmmable and had it rewritten, while Ellison, not exactly one to lay down, never tired of saying disparaging things about Roddenberry, whom he claimed frequently borrowed (or stole) ideas from others. This edition, part of a massive reissue of Ellison's work, includes the original, un-"eviscerated" version, as well as treatments, revisions, and testimonials from Spock, Sulu, and Bones. I'm not really into reading television screenplays, so the real meat here is Ellison' s long, splenetic introduction in which he discussed the script, the changes made, the episode, and Gene Rodenberry, whom he has nothing but caustic things to say. The "Star Trek" fan may be a little shocked, but others can enjoy Ellison's sprawling invective and his status as "the only person on the face of the Earth who won't let Gene Roddenberry rest in peace."

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