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July 24, 2011

Touching Magic

Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan Ellison, Volume One (Limited Babylonian Edition) features an introduction by J. Michael Straczynski.

Signed by both Harlan Ellison & J. Michael Straczynski.

For the first time ever, six of Harlan Ellison’s teleplays are presented in one book, reproduced from the author’s own file copies. See the scripts as Ellison originally typed them on his Olympia manual typewriter. All his handwritten deletions and emendations are included, illustrating the writing process.

Much, much more at the link.

From JMS' Facebook page:

The book, entitled BRAIN MOVIES, contains Harlan’s scripts for “Soldier,” and “Demon With a Glass Hand” from THE OUTER LIMITS, “Paladin of the Lost Hour” and “Crazy as a Soup Sandwich” from the TWILIGHT ZONE, “Memo from Purgatory” from ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, “The Face of Helen Bournouw” and Harlan’s near-legendary manifesto on how to write good science fiction, written exclusively for incoming writers on BABYLON 5. (The scripts for Paladin and Demon received the prestigious Writers Guild Award.)

In many cases, the book contains both the script and the treatment for the script, something almost never seen outside the studio. Most amazing of all, the book contains not just the shooting script for Harlan’s HITCHCOCK episode, it contains an earlier draft filled with his handwritten annotations and changes.

Once again, much more at the link.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 24, 2011 06:48 AM