Shortly before his demise, Ellison commissioned a graphic screenplay named The City on the Edge of Forever (ISBN 9781631402067). It finally told the story as Ellison wrote it for Star Trek's debut season. Several decades ago Ellison wrote a lengthy essay (ISBN 9781565049642) on the behind the scenes politics, which warped his original story.
Ellison uses a character named "Trooper" (shown below) as his analog. "Trooper" lost his legs in World War I and was unceremoniously dumped on city streets by Uncle Sam afterward. If you ask me, "Trooper" spoke far too much truth to power for the likes of "General" Sarnoff.
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I've barely read any Harlan Ellison. The reason is that, despite the common belief that he was one of the great SF authors, his books are almost entirely unobtainable. He's effectively out of print as an author (suggesting few were actually reading him), and even when I look in specialist SF used book stores, I never see any of his books. I mean, never. Lafferty and Cordwainer Smith are more common! I therefore own exactly no books by Ellison, despite having kept an eagle eye out for his work in shops for about 10 years... Which is kinda weird but its not for lack of trying. I've not even had any joy on eBay. I believe there is one volume of the "Harlan Ellison Collection" still in print (or there's still some stock around at any rate, I don't think its actually had a printing in years) which you can track down, but it contains only 7 short stories... and that's it. It seems expensive for a very short and limited collection, but its the only Ellison book for sale on the planet, so perhaps I should take the plunge!
It's not in print, you can only buy it used, in uncertain condition, for between $50-$200 and most stores on there don't ship to NZ.The Essential Ellison A 50 year Retrospective Revised and Expanded Edited by Terry Dowling with Richard Delap and Gil Lamont.
Morpheus is the publisher . It's huge book and , contains many of his best stories , Essay and introductions . It is available on Amazon.
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