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Published: Friday March 7, 2014 MYT 6:40:00 PM
Updated: Friday March 7, 2014 MYT 7:18:55 PM

Star Trek's 'City on the Edge of Forever' finally told the right way

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy with all of time and space in front of them.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy with all of time and space in front of them.

Fans of the first Star Trek will finally get to read the original teleplay for one of its most seminal TV episodes – the way the story was meant to be.

If you’re a fan of the original Star Trek, you likely have fond memories of City on the Edge of Forever, a time-travel story from the fertile mind of sci-fi great - and comic book fan - Harlan Ellison. It’s a true classic. Now IDW Publishing has announced a comic book miniseries based on Ellison’s original teleplay, which is said to be quite different from the televised version.

“It’s a very simple love story between the captain of the Enterprise who goes back through a time portal to save the future because he believes, as Einstein did, that time is a river that flows endlessly through the universe and you cannot step in the same river twice,” says Ellison.

Heres’ the announcement from IDW:

San Diego, CA (March 6, 2014) – Star Trek: The Original Series episode City on the Edge of Forever is regarded by many (including a TV Guide poll of the “100 Best TV Episodes of All Time”) as the greatest Star Trek episode of all time, but there’s much more to the story than fans saw on TV. Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay for City on the Edge of Forever was modified before the episode was filmed, but now, at long last, fans will be able to enjoy his original teleplay in the form of an all-new miniseries coming from IDW in June.

Ellison’s original teleplay won the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Writer’s Guild of America’s Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay.

For decades, legions of fans have speculated about the episode’s history, but few people have read the original teleplay, which is very different from the televised version. This comic-book miniseries, produced under the guidance of Ellison himself, now offers fans everywhere the opportunity to see a classic Star Trek episode the way no one has seen it before.

Adapting the teleplay for the comics series are writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton, no strangers to IDW’s Star Trek comic universe; interior art will be painted by JK Woodward, coming off the well-received Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who maxi-series written by the Tipton brothers.

Each issue of the series will feature a special cover by artist Juan Ortiz, whose artistic interpretations of every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series were recently published in an oversize hardcover collection, Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz. Variant covers will be provided by movie poster artist/Star Trek: Khan cover artist Paul Shipper.

“Presenting Harlan Ellison’s brilliant original script for City on the Edge... has been a goal of ours since IDW first began publishing Star Trek comics in 2007,” says series editor and IDW Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall.

Ellison says: “It was a superlative joy of my long life to have worked with Leonard Nimoy, who became my friend, and many others at Star Trek; and an equally heart-happy joy to be working with JK and the Tipton Bros and Chris Ryall on this long-awaited visual of my (humbly, I say it) brilliant original City…

Star Trek’s City on the Edge of Forever originally aired on Apr 6, 1967, as the penultimate episode of Star Trek’s first season. The episode is, at its most basic, a poignant love story as well as a breathtaking trip through space and time, from the future all the way through 1930s America, as Kirk and Spock race to apprehend a renegade criminal and restore the order of the universe.

IGN awarded it the No. 1 spot in their list of the “Top 10 Classic Star Trek Episodes”. Further, TV Guide named the episode one of its “100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History”. The first-ever comic-book adaptation of the teleplay as Ellison originally intended it is a true publishing event.

Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s Original City on the Edge of Forever Teleplay #1 (of 5) will be available in June and is under license by CBS Consumer Products. – The Gazette/MCT Information Services

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Books, Entertainment, Star Trek, Harlan Ellison, City on the Edge of Forever, IDW Publishing, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Joan Collins

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