That and the episode Solider based of Ellison's story of the same name.Demon with a Glass Hand was an episode written by Harlan for The Outer Limits, which inspired the Terminator series make Harlan Ellison a significant writer in the genre, though he wrote a lot more than SF.
Half the fun of reading Ellison is the book intros."Deathbird" and "Jeffty Is Five" ought not to be missed. I remember "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream" being really good but the rest of the stories in the collection of the same name didn't do much for me. Couldn't finish Spider Kiss. Writes great intros.
The graphic novel runs circles around the original episode. The screen play book's pure, 200 proof Ellison snark. There's so much snark it's difficult to select a sample snippet.His regional screen play for Trek episode The City at the Edge of Forever is fantastic. I prefer it to the televised version. Just recently they did a graphic novel adaptation to his screenplay.
[Shatner] read [the script] close, bro, very close.
Then, when he had finished it, he sat there for a few minutes, staring out through the sliding doors of the living room toward the watershed land behind my house. Contemplative. Then he picked up "City" and started reading it all over again.
This went on for a couple of hours.
And after he completed the second pass, I saw him slowly turning the pages, studying the script for something ... I knew not what.
Talk about being a Mt. Everest capacity jerk, that was me, that was I, that was the both of the not-a-kid. He was line-counting. The Great Actor was weighing the freight of lines spoken by his publicity nemesis on Star Trek, the enigmatic Mr. Spock, the excellent Leonard Nimoy, against how many Kirk shots there were. And let me not suggest that the ego of Bill Shatner influenced his opinion, but when he toted up the numbers in his head, and found that Lenny had, what, maybe half a dozen more lines ... I was on my way to an anger and a heartpunch that has lasted fro thirty-five years.
Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, subtitled The Original Teleplay That Became The Classic Star Trek Episode, is a reference book written by Harlan Ellison, and first published in a limited edition hardback by Borderlands in September 1993. The book includes the original teleplay...memory-alpha.fandom.com
He's one the two writers that got really interested in reading . Ive read quite few of his stories over the years . I like to read his intros and essays too, in so doing, ive picked quite number or writers Id never read or heard of. He's a great writer.