The City on the Edge of Forever by harlan. Ellison

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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 only teleplay ever to do so!).

'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?


About harlan. Ellison

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Harlan Ellison has won countless awards in his literary career, including the Edgar, the Hugo, and the Nebula. He lives in California.
Published April 1, 2014 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. 326 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Harlan Ellison is known for pushing the envelope...and usually said envelope is being forcefully shoved in the face of anyone near the septuagenarian author of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream and the classic (and heavily litigated) short story '"Repent, Harlequin!"

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