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Brain Movies

(2013)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Brain Movies collects Harlan Ellison's television work. Reproduced from Ellison's private files (and occasionally featuring his hand-written alterations), these scripts appear exactly as they did when the writer pulled them from his Olympia manual typewriter. This 438-page paperback features: "Touching Magic" - An introduction by J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of the Clint Eastwood-directed film Changeling, in which he describes the importance of seeing actual script pages as the author originally wrote them. "Memos From Purgatory" - Ellison's adaptation of his memoir about life in a Brooklyn gang. Produced for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, this harrowing tale of juvenile delinquency is presented in TWO different drafts - one with Ellison's extensive hand-written revisions - illustrating the author's creative process. Two stories from The Outer Limits - "Soldier," the story that inspired the Terminator movie franchise, and the Writers Guild Award-winning "Demon With a Glass Hand," one of the most iconic segments of the 1960s science fiction anthology. Ellison won yet another Writers Guild Award for "Paladin of the Lost Hour," an episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone revival written simultaneously with the Hugo Award-winning short story of the same name (featured in Harlan 101: Encountering Ellison), but this particular script differs from the story in one key respect: it features the original ending Ellison planned for this classic story. This lost ending hasn't been seen since his colleagues in the Zone writer's room convinced him to write the conclusion that has since become famous. The original outline for the story - remarkably reminiscent of the short story in its execution - is included as well. After leaving his post as creative consultant on The Twilight Zone, Ellison penned one more episode at the behest of the series' new script editor, J. Michael Straczynski, and that was "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich," presented here for the first time with the treatment from which the teleplay was developed. The final script is "The Face of Helene Bournouw," and if you've only seen the episode of Showtime's anthology series The Hunger that bears that title, you've merely seen the vulture-picked bones of Ellison's adaptation of his own chilling short story. See why Harlan had the tv episode credited to his pseudonym, Cordwainer Bird, in a script that - effectively - will be seen for the first time in this volume. Brain Movies, Volume One features a beautiful cover portrait of Ellison by artist Iain McCaig, best known for his work on the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises.

    

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September 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan Ellison (Volume 6)
Author(s): Harlan Ellison
ISBN: 0-9895257-6-7 / 978-0-9895257-6-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Edgeworks Abbey
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December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan Ellison (Volume 1)
Author(s): Harlan Ellison
ISBN: 0-9836223-1-0 / 978-0-9836223-1-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Edgeworks Abbey
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December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan Ellison (Volume 2)
Author(s): Harlan Ellison
ISBN: 0-9836223-2-9 / 978-0-9836223-2-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Edgeworks Abbey
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November 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan Ellison, Volume Three (Standard Edition) (Volume 3)
Author(s): Harlan Ellison
ISBN: 0-9895257-0-8 / 978-0-9895257-0-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Edgeworks Abbey
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November 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan Ellison, Volume Four (Standard Edition) (Volume 4)
Author(s): Harlan Ellison, Ben Bova
ISBN: 0-9895257-1-6 / 978-0-9895257-1-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Edgeworks Abbey
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