‘City On The Edge Of Forever’ Audiobook Successfully Crowdfunded

One of Star Trek’s most-popular episodes, “The City on the Edge of Forever” is getting re-made as an audiobook — in celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary.

On Friday, the campaign to bring an audiobook version of Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever” was successfully funded. The campaign surpassed its original goal and raised over $20,000 through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Originally presented as the final episode of the series’ first season, the story follows the crew of the Enterprise and their encounter with the Guardian of Forever.

Written by Harlan Ellison, the episode was ranked by TV Guide as #68 in their “100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History” and has won a Hugo Award in 1968 for the “Best Dramatic Presentation”. The audiobook will contain Ellison’s original teleplay and not the one that was filmed for Star Trek.

Harlan Ellison discussing "The City on the Edge of Forever" at the 2014 Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas
Ellison discussing “The City on the Edge of Forever” at the 2014 Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas

Emmy and Grammy Award winner LeVar Burton, who played Lt. Cmdr. Geordie La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, along with John Rubinstein, Scott Brick and Jean Smart have been cast as voice actors for the book.

The original treatment has previously been released in hardcover, softcover and e-book format.

Ellison talks “The City on the Edge of Forver” and the controversy surrounding it in the video below.

LeVar Burton’s soundcheck:

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  • Markus McLaughlin

    This is such a GREAT idea! A chance to reimagine a CLASSIC Trek tale! 😀 A tribute to Leonard Nimoy, et al! 😀

  • jackson roy kirk

    Personally I think Mr Ellison was never kind to star trek. He constantly put down the actors and the show. I never read anything he did because of his bigotry…..

    • dee

      Actually, he was always friends with Leonard Nimoy, extolling that actor’s virtues. And since it was Ellison who started the “save Star Trek” letter writing campaign (when he was still young and naïve enough to buy Rodenberry’s constant lies),and Ellison who alerted other writers (Norman Spinrad, Robert Bloch, etc.) to the show’s need for good scripts, I’d say you’re about as wrong as a Trump campaign for political office. 🙂

      • jackson roy kirk

        Check out on you tube: “Star Trek cast on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow, 1976, Part 4”. Watch the other parts also if you would like. James Doohan, De Kelley and Walter Koenig are there. It was great until Mr Ellison showed up and he was so full of himself. I guess I based my comments on this and other stories I remember that I read in other publications at the time.