The City on the Edge of Forever Pdf

The City on the Edge of Forever

Number of page: 326
Author: Harlan Ellison
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781497604834
Category: Performing Arts

The award-winning original teleplay that produced the most beloved episode of the classic Star Trek series—with an introductory essay by the author.   USS Enterprise Starfleet officers Capt. James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock escort a renegade criminal to a nearby planet for capital punishment, and they discover the remains of a city. This ancient civilization is inhabited by the alien Guardians of Forever, who are tasked with protecting a time machine. When the criminal escapes through the portal into the past, he alters Earth’s timeline, damaging humanity’s future role among the stars.   Pursuing their prisoner, Kirk and Spock are transported to 1930s Depression-era New York City—where they meet pacifist Edith Koestler, a woman whose fate is entwined with the aftermath of the most devastating war in human history. A woman whom Kirk has grown to love—and has to sacrifice to restore order to the universe.   In its original form, The City on the Edge of Forever won the Writers Guild of America Award for best teleplay. As aired, it won the Hugo Award. But as Harlan Ellison recounts in his expanded introductory essay, “Perils of the ‘City,’” the televised episode was a rewrite of his creative vision perpetrated by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the show’s producers. In his trademark visceral, no-holds-barred style, the legendary author broke a thirty-year silence to set the record straight about the mythologized controversy surrounding the celebrated episode, revealing what occurred behind-the-scenes during the production.   Presented here as Ellison originally intended it to be filmed, this published teleplay of The City on the Edge of Forever remains a masterpiece of speculative fiction, and a prime example of his uncanny ability to present humanity with all its virtues and faults.  

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  • Megan BurdickMegan Burdick
    Love it Hands down the best episode of star trek ever. Will be an incredible book, cannot wait to read it.
  • susanlee mcfarlandsusanlee mcfarland
    Anyone who is a “Trekkie” or “Trekker” or fan of sci fi (or speculative fiction as Harlan Ellison more aptly puts it) should read this eye opening, illusion shattering truth about the most popular episode of the star trek series and how much better it could have been
  • DarthDeverellDarthDeverell
    LibraryThing Review Harlan Ellison is a brilliant science fiction writer. Nobody can deny this. Unfortunately, Harlan Ellison is a horrible writer of history. This volume, which contains the original, unfilmed script for
  • ScotlandScotland
    LibraryThing Review 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 called an essay
  • ShijuroShijuro
    LibraryThing Review An interesting screenplay from way back when Ellison was a writer, prefaced by his usual whining about how badly treated he was (in this case, by the entire cast and crew of Star Trek, Paramount
  • UnreachableshelfUnreachableshelf
    LibraryThing Review Here Harlan Ellison presents his original version of the best episode of Star Trek: TOS, which could have been even better had it been filmed as written. There are one or two plot points on which the
  • katenkaten
    LibraryThing Review While Harlan contends that his original draft of the screenplay is the best, I would contend they both have their own merits. I know I would be pissed if someone massively rewrote something of mine
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