The City on the Edge of Forever Hardcover – 1 Dec 1995
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About the Author
Harlan Ellison has been called one of the great living American short story writers by the "Washington Post." In a career spanning more than fifty years, he has won more awards than any other living fantasist. Ellison has written or edited one hundred fourteen books; more than seventeen hundred stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns; two dozen teleplays; and a dozen motion pictures. He has won the Hugo Award eight and a half times (shared once); the Nebula Award three times; the Bram Stoker Award, presented by the Horror Writers Association, five times (including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996); the Edgar Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice; the Georges Melies Fantasy Film Award twice; and two Audie Awards (for the best in audio recordings); and he was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by PEN, the international writers union. He was presented with the first Living Legend Award by the International Horror Critics at the 1995 World Horror Convention. Ellison is the only author in Hollywood ever to win the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Teleplay (solo work) four times, most recently for Paladin of the Lost Hour, his "Twilight Zone" episode that was Danny Kaye s final role, in 1987. In 2006, Ellison was awarded the prestigious title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. "Dreams With Sharp Teeth," the documentary chronicling his life and works, was released on DVD in May 2009." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Next there is the script as Ellison wrote it. The filmed episode was much the same in essentials, other than the character who changes history and how it happens, until the end - this is very different in how Kirk and Spock act. I thought Ellison's version much more moving. I also preferred his treatment of the main female character (either Uhura or Yeoman Rand depending on script version) - she had much more to do than say "Captain, I'm scared"! There are also various rewritten parts of the script as Ellison was asked to change things.
Finally there are a number of submissions from people involved with the making of Star Trek, such as David Gerrold and Leonard Nimoy, commenting either on their memories of making the episode or on their thoughts about the unfilmed script. Very interesting.
So, if you want to continue believing in the myth that has grown up over decades and Gene Roddenberry's perfection, avoid this.Read more ›
Ellison could not care less about the straitjacket limitations of 1960s television production, however, he's been there and done that - now it's about setting his record straight by throwing a concertedly visceral spotlight upon the many villains of the piece. It's extreme, bruising stuff (boy, can he name and shame), but when principles and integrity are at stake, just how far do you go in the name of self-preservation? So...compare and contrast. Yes, it was a great tv episode, an unusually powerful Star Trek love story with the most tragic of endings...but Harlan's words, the ones that came first, and the belated images conjured up in the mind, well, their validity in the Star Trek universe is also beyond doubt.
Sadly, since Roddenberry's death, the underlying feeling I get reading this now is that the inexorable passage of time and tide has created one hell of a bittersweet victory.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Personally I bought the book to read the original story. Ellison spends so much time insulting Hollywood, fans of Star Trek, and especially Roddenberry that by the time you get... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 1999
Harlan Ellison's bitter introductory essay is the absolute finest reason to buy this book. He handily deconstructs the myth that has been Gene Roddenberry in a literate, angry... Read morePublished on 17 May 1999
First of all, a word to the naysayers. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT??? On the cover it clearly states that this is the "Original Teleplay" of the episode. Read morePublished on 5 May 1999
...are the main hallmarks of this book about why Harlan's script was a classic and why Gene and the Star Trek empire are evil. Read morePublished on 29 April 1999
Do not get the contents of the book mixed up with the delivery. The book was well designed and allows you to start from any point. Read morePublished on 7 April 1999
I have read Harlan Ellison's books since I was 14, and I started watching Star Trek even before that. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 1999
Roddenberry was right...Ellison's original script WAS bad. Give me a break...did Harlan ever SEE a Star Trek episode when he wrote this? Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 1999
I found this book to be refreshing and quite stimulating. After all of the worship one must endure that is directed at the "Great Bbird of the Galaxy" it is nice to see... Read morePublished on 8 July 1998
After hearing all of the praise for Ellison's original script, the script itself was something of a disappointment. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 1998