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"The City on the Edge of Forever" was the 28th episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, in the show's first season, first aired on 6 April 1967. The episode was written by Harlan Ellison, directed by Joseph Pevney and novelized in Star Trek 2 by James Blish. An additional adaptation was published, in the form of the first "Fotonovel" of the Star Trek series, using sequential stills from the episode with word balloons to re-tell the story. This volume was simply titled City on the Edge of Forever.

While the credit for writing the episode went to Harlan Ellison, several details of his draft script treatments were deemed unusable by the producers of Star Trek. Ellison was rewritten, and protested by submitting his original draft (rather than the rewritten filmed episode) for an award. Over intervening years, the convention and interview circuit played host to Ellison and Star Trek's producers re-telling the story of the re-writing process. In order to clarify points that were being misremembered or exaggerated, Ellison published his original script in 1996. He then allowed it to be fleshed out as a full-length Star Trek story, in comic form, by IDW Publishing in 2014, with art by J.K. Woodward. Titled Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, the collected edition of that comic was published on 17 February 2015.

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CharactersEdit

Episode charactersEdit

Paul BatesClifford Brent (?) • David GallowayGuardian of ForeverBill HadleyMichael JamesonEdith KeelerJames T. KirkJohn KyleRyan LeslieLewis (Enterprise)Leonard McCoyRodent (1930)Montgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTakayamaNyota UhuraWorsley
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Alnitak novelistWill BaileyGus BarnesBobby CabeClark GableAdolf HitlerAlfredo Pedillo JoseKiller KiddJean LabeauGus LloydMike MasonRicky MasonKid McCookCharley MulaneyManuel PradoFranklin D. RooseveltBuddy Sencio

Novelization charactersEdit

DavisGuardian of ForeverEdith KeelerJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyRodent (1930)Montgomery ScottSpockNyota Uhura
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Bonner the StochasticJohn ChristopherClark GableAdolf HitlerFranklin D. Roosevelt

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

LocationsEdit

Planets and planetoidsEdit

Earth (Sol star system, sector 001, the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant) • Gateway (the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants)

Planetary localesEdit

Earth 
New York City, North America (Brooklyn BridgeTwenty-First Street Mission)
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AtlantisBangkokBoiseChinaEgyptGermany] • HonoluluLee's SummitMissouriOrpheumOuter MongoliaParisSan DiegoThe SouthThailandWashington, DC
Gateway 
Oyya
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Orion's belt (AlnitakAlnitak planet) • Hell

Races and culturesEdit

Human (ChineseHelleneGerman) • Vulcan

Technology and weaponsEdit

clockcuckoo clockhand phasermnemonic memory circuitphaserplatingrobotstone knives and bearskinstricordertype-1 phaserV-2 rocket

States and organizationsEdit

United Federation of PlanetsUnited States of AmericaWorld PeacewaysNaziStarfleet

Other referencesEdit

20th century1907193019441970s2267alternate realityalternate timelineAmellicanAmerican historyanachronistic eventanatomyangelapronarmbandarticleatmosphereatomic bombbasementbologna • "Bones" • bootboxingbroombudgetcalendarcarcentcity councilclassicclothingcolumn (structure)combination lockconstellationscordrazinecotdiamonddisplacement wavedressduodynetic field coreenergyfascismFischer's Infants Wearfission bombflopFloyd's Barber ShopfurnacegasGodgoldGoodnight SweetheartGoody Two-ShoesgovernmentGreat DepressionGreat PyramidGuardian of ForeverhatHebrewHellhighwayhighway patrolmanhumanoidjacketjeansjumpsuitKirk's womenladderlifeformlogicMadison Square GardenMarch Bake Shopmattermayormilemissionarymechanical rice pickernation-stateneedlenovelistpantsplanetplastic surgeonplatinumraces and culturesRadio Corporation of AmericaRadiola 20saintshirtsilverSinger's Book StoreslumsquidspacestarThe Star DispatchStar of Davidstar systemsuturesweepingtechnologythemetimetime travelTLK computertobaccotoolboxtunicUnited States dollaruniversevacuum tubeVanguard Insurance CompanyVictor Ice CompanyVulcan neck pinchWalt's RestaurantweaponWidin Dairy Farmwood alcoholWorld War IWorld War IIzinc

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Related mediaEdit

Comic adaptationEdit

Titled Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, the comic was originally issued as a 5 issue miniseries, and was adapted not from the final cut of the episode, but instead from Ellison's original script.

Video releasesEdit

BackgroundEdit

The names of the two crewmen which accompany the landing party to the planet vary according to source:

ImagesEdit

Episode imagesEdit

Adaptation imagesEdit

TimelineEdit

published order
Previous episode:
Errand of Mercy
TOS episode produced Next episode:
Operation -- Annihilate!
Previous episode:
The Alternative Factor
TOS episode aired Next episode:
Operation -- Annihilate!
Previous story:
Operation -- Annihilate!
Star Trek 2
Blish2
Next story:
Space Seed
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Errand of Mercy
Pocket Next Adventure:
Triptych
Previous Adventure:
Against Their Nature
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Triptych


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