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City on the Edge Of Forever

City on the Edge Of Forever
Category: Novels & Comics
Sub Category: Novels
Author: Harlan Ellison
Publish Year: 1996
Restockable: No
Type: Novel - Softcover


In 1967, Ellison wrote what is generally considered to be the best episode of the original "Star Trek" series -- the one in which Kirk, catapulted back in time to the Great Depression, must choose between the woman he loves and the universe in which he exists.

As aired, "City on the Edge of Forever" was drastically different from what Ellison imagined. As "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry told it, Ellison's script was unfilmable on a TV series budget, and besides, "He had Scotty dealing drugs." Fully one-third of this book is devoted to Ellison's rebuttal to those allegations. It's a long, poorly edited temper tantrum that will seem quite incomprehensible to anyone not already steeped in "Trek" lore or Ellison's personal history with the show.

And what about Ellison's script? It's a masterpiece: dark, poetic and complex -- which is to say, totally inappropriate for a late-'60s shoot-em-up-in-space. And it's no wonder that William Shatner objected to this version: As an actor, he would never have been able to handle something this challenging.