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 listener 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 - and his one true love.
This edition makes available the astonishing teleplay as Ellison intended it to be aired. The author's introductory essay 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?
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©1975 Harlan Ellison. © 1995 by the Kilimanjaro Corporation. Afterwords © 1995 and 2016 by the authors (P)2016 Skyboat Media, Inc.
Passionate, morally complex.
None. Harlan Ellison is one of a kind.
When Spock at the end tells Kirk that "No woman was ever loved as much Jim, because no woman was ever offered the universe for love."
Better then the original aired episode, buy your ticket now!
Enjoyed so much about this audio book:
Ellison reading his own delightfully candid introduction.
The full cast giving life to the Award Winning Teleplay.
Mostly it's just having this treasure on audio.
I am musician and mom of several little musicians. Love good narrators. Love good stories. Love Audible.
Best Episode Ever.
Edith Keeler. She's Kirk's love and so romantic. Jean Smart is wonderful, as always.
Fabulous casting. Odd thing, though. Why does the listing not show LeVar Burton, and Jean Smart and Stefan Rudnicki, and Scott Brick???
Several. Kirk and Edith love scenes. The Guardian of Forever sequences. And the end is so sad.
This is a valuable piece of history of Star Trek. AFter all, it is the 50th Anniversary this year. I loved the aired version, but feel that this version is worth hearing, too. Harlan's backstory is angry, but justifiably so. Plus, all the added essays and original materials. I liked David Gerrold's (The Trouble with Tribbles) take on the whole drama. I think the readers and casting is brilliant. But I'd like a full list, and I found one here: http://bit.ly/28W8G7c. It was worth a credit.
I'd forgotten from half a century ago how overwhelmingly enamoured I was of Ellison's virtually inimitable verbal virtuosity, his prodigiously creative imagination, the gut-wrenching poignancy of many of his stories (and even the combination of analytical rigor and hysterical humor that pervaded his television reviews in both volumes of "The Glass Teat").
But now I remember, and having listened to this entrancing and eloquently narrated account of the truth about the appalling treatment of his original (and brilliant) script for "The City on the Edge of Forever," I can well understand some of the inspired mordancy of his reviews of television shows no more in the league of his own "dangerous visions," than Danielle Steel is in the league of James Joyce -- which is not even to insult Danielle Steel, because it was never her intent to produce timeless works of genius. Ellison, IMHO, produced virtually nothing else.
This is the best audio book to which I've listened in perhaps two years.
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