City on the Edge of Forever

City on the Edge of Forever

eBook - 2009
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"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 (expanded by 15,000 words from the limited edition) 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 description.
Publisher: [New York] : E-Reads, 2009
ISBN: 9780759291614
0759291616
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 286 pages)
Alternative Title: Star trek (Television program)

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lukasevansherman
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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