“The City on the Edge of Forever” has been a classic in television history since its debut in 1967. Despite its popularity, the film received mixed reviews and received poor ratings. It is a cult film that was praised for its excessive violence. Ellison’s work is based upon a true story that is just as dark and twisty as the title. He reveals the story he imagined in this book.
“The City on the Edge of Forever” is a fantastic script by Harlan Ellison. Although the story is great science fiction, Ellison’s script doesn’t quite fit Star Trek’s mythology. It had to be sanded down in order to work on television. Ellison doesn’t seem to understand Kirk as a character, and the story feels too similar to “Mirror, Mirror” to be truly a standalone book.
As far as the plot goes, this speculative film isn’t as successful as some may have thought. Ellison’s story is a great example of how writers can combine their professional and personal lives in speculative fiction. Ellison was a pioneer of science fiction and was well-known because of his grievances. However, his writing was always rich in depth. Harlan Ellison’s “City on the Edge of Forever” exemplifies this dual nature.