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Ellison ‘bare-fangs-of-Adamantium’ about Star Trek lawsuit

from City on the Edge of Forever

from City on the Edge of Forever

With what is probably the greatest press release I’ve ever read, Harlan Ellison, who wrote the Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever,” announces he is suing Paramount “for failing to account to, or pay, Mr. Ellison for the merchandising, publishing, or any other exploitations, of the famous teleplay, from inception to date. The suit also names the Writers Guild of America and alleges the WGA failed to act on Ellison’s behalf after numerous requests.”

For those of you who can’t instantly recall the plot of a Star Trek episode based on the name alone, “City on the Edge of Forever” was the one that featured Kirk and Spock going back in time to the Great Depression and guest starred Joan Collins as a war protestor and Kirk’s lover. Spock wore a hat to hide his ears.

Per the release, Ellison and his attorney have set their phasers to “burn” because they say Ellison is entitled to 25 percent of revenues from “the licensing of publication rights.” They say Paramount hasn’t paid him anything for a series of books that spun out of that episode or for one of those talking Hallmark ornaments that used lines from his script.

Ellison says, ““And please make sure to remember, at the moment some Studio mouthpiece calls me a mooch, and says I’m only pursuing this legal retribution to get into their ‘deep pockets,’ tell’m Ellison snarled back, ‘F- – – -in’-A damn skippy!’ I’m no hypocrite. It ain’t about the ‘principle,’ friend, its about the MONEY! Pay Me! Am I doing this for other writers, for Mom (still dead), and apple pie? Hell no! I’m doing it for the 35-year-long disrespect and the money!”

How much would it cost to have Ellison write all press releases?

Via TV Squad



Spock wore a hat to hide his ears.

Spock always wore a hat to hide his ears. :)

Ellison wants others (WGA) to help him, but proclaims he isn’t doing this for the good of other writers.

Then he says it’s only about the money, and has nothing to do with morals. But he often laments in his writings that people do things for money, not for morals.

Ellison hasn’t written jack in the better part of a decade and only seems to keep his career going by these publicity stunt lawsuits.

So, I take it that Mr. Ellison has nothing more pressing on his agenda than writing these press releases? He’s, for example, finally finished The Last Dangerous Visions and sent it to the publisher (whomever the publisher is nowadays)?

This is one of those times that the side to root for isn’t the little guy, but the corporation.

Why is he suing for proceeds from the Crucible series of Star Trek novels, but not the Imzadi series? That too featured the Guardian of Forever device time travel device. Also, I remember the Franklin Mint was selling a sculpture based on the City on the Edge of Forever. Is he not suing for that too?

Simon DelMonte

March 17, 2009 at 5:56 am

All I can say is that Harlan never changes, does he?

(OK, there is a lot more I can say, but I sincerely doubt anyone wants me to retell my own “how Harlan insulted me” story.)

my favorite line:
“I think there are writers and other artists who revel in being bitch-slapped, in being pilfered on a regular basis, as if they were artistic trailer-trash!”

oh wait… what’s that at the bottom? the final line?
“There were flecks of blood on Mr. Ellison’s otherwise charming face.”

Richard Reeds, running from site to site, whining about Last Dangerous Visions, which is absolutely none of his business.

The writers for Last Dangerous Visions were either paid for their work or had the work returned to them. If the ones who have not had their work returned to them want it back, all they have to do is ask. None of them have any reason to worry about it after that, so why should anybody else?

Rick Rottman–

From what I read some time ago, Ellison gave permission for the usage in Imzadi.

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