The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay

The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay

by Harlan Ellison

The controversy has raged for almost 30 years--now readers can judge for themselves.

Harlan Ellison wrote the original award-winning teleplay for "The City on the Edge of Forever, " which was rewritten and became the most-loved Star Trek episode of all time.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Rating: 3.88
  • Pages: 276
  • Publish Date: July 1st 1996 by White Wolf Publishing
  • Isbn10: 1565049640
  • Isbn13: 9781565049642

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I have all the Tek books, Leadership Lessons from Star Trek, and even caught a Mardi Gras doubloon directly from Shatner's hand when he was King of Bacchus in 1987 (with apologies to the little old lady I trampled to get it). 3. It's great to finally read the various versions of Ellison's original story - to see it's evolution and to compare it to my own memories of the version of "City" which aired (and which I of course have on both VHS and DVD). I say this a) because he just is; b) he spends the first 50+ pages of the book on such a nonsensical rant against the world that one must question his rationality; and c) look at the cover picture: Shatner is NOT a tall man, and he's damn near squatting down to be in frame with Ellison (who, according to the Google machine, is 5'2"). The collective legend tells that regardless of how the story started, the subsequent handling of the story, script, and revisionist history from Roddenberry & Co. was consistently critical and denigrating towards Ellison and his original work. If you're a huge fan, you'll likely value the alternative view of history, but it's a hard read.

Ellison wrote the original script for this Trekkie favorite, which is also my favorite episode, (along with "The Trouble With Tribbles"). At any rate, I recommend this book for Trekkies, Ellison fans and anyone who has thoughts of being a script writer.

For years Star Trek fans have considered the episode The City on the Edge of Forever the best episode from the original series. If you like science fiction you need to read Harlan Ellison!) have wanted to read the Ellison original to decide for themselves whether it was a greater story than the Star Trek aired episode. What he didnt expect was Roddenberry taking the credit for fixing Ellisons screenplay and the purposeful conflations over the years. It should be noted that every plot point that Ellison has in his original is included in the aired episode and ideas that appear in Ellisons original treatment do seem to appear in later Star Trek episodes.

If you liked/loved "The City on the Edge of Forever," an episode generally held as one of the best single works in all of Star Trek, then you owe it to yourself to read the original script as Harlan Ellison wrote it -- or better yet, hear it. The audio also includes Harlan Ellison's spirited narration of his lengthy but warranted defense not only of his original script, but also of his process, professionalism, and vision for the episode, all of which received considerable slurs for decades from Gene Roddenberry.

Ellison wrote a Star Trek. When Ellison's original script was published in this edition along with a very long introduction presenting his side of the argument there was much more hue and cry raised in the hallowed halls of fandom.

Very interesting to experience Harlan Ellison's original script for what is perhaps the most revered Star Trek episode of all time.

As many people know and many more don't, Harlan Ellison has author credit for the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever," in which Kirk & Spock must go back to 1930s Earth to restore a timeline. Enough said, then - except at 70+ pages, Ellison has written much better work before, and more succinctly, too. The teleplay itself, while a good science fiction story, would have been a terrible Star Trek episode. Ellison disavowed the story - and then accepted a Hugo award for the final product, which he insists was not his vision.

It was interesting to finally read the original teleplay and compare it to the version that was eventually aired.

He wrote for the original series of both The Outer Limits and Star Trek as well as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour; edited the multiple-award-winning short story anthology series Dangerous Visions; and served as creative consultant/writer to the science fiction TV series The New Twilight Zone and Babylon 5.