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The Starcrossed Paperback – February 16, 1990

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  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (February 16, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749303905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749303907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,833,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Terry O. Richards on September 30, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Starcrossed" is a wildly satirical look at the entertainment industry, telling a true story with a thin veneer of science-fiction flavoring.

Author Ben Bova was involved in the early 1970s as the technical consultant for a science-fiction television series called "The Starlost," which was based on a premise by science-fiction author and all-around rakehell Harlan Ellison. A number of boneheaded executive decisions, cost-cutting and general ineptitude on the staff's part led both Bova and Ellison to quit the show, which has gained a reputation in science-fiction circles as a virtually unwatchable mess.

Bova - normally a "hard" science fiction writer - seems to have been trying to expunge some bad karma with "The Starcrossed," and produced one of the most enjoyable satires in the genre.

In the near future, volatile, blacklisted Hollywood writer Ron Gabriel (representing Ellison) is trying to sell his idea of a spaceborne Romeo and Juliet series; engineer Bill Oxnard (representing Bova) is trying to raise funding for his laboratory on the strength of a new, static-and-flicker-free 3D television system. When a struggling studio picks up Gabriel's story premise as a testbed vehicle for Oxnard's flicker-free 3D, the avalanche starts as various studio forces try their best to scuttle the show while, at the same time in circular logic fashion, try to make money off it.

Wooden actors, slashed budgets, scripts from Canadian high school students, hookers-turned-starlets, a director snorting drugs and mob financing sunk into sports betting trap Gabriel and Oxnard in a "damned-if-they-do, damned-if-they-don't" scenario.
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While Ben Bova is more well-known for his hard science SF, when he decides to be funny he is extremely funny.

Based on a true story, with names changed to protect the guilty and one innocent (Harlan Ellison), The Starcrossed is a very witty satire of the entertainment industry. At several points I actually had to put the book down I was laughing so hard!

The novel was written in 1975, and while some things may seem slightly dated it doesn't matter at all since the basis of the satire, namely the industry and human nature, haven't changed at their core.

I highly recommend this book!

It has been reprinted in Laugh Lines.
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"The Starcrossed" is a hoot and stands on its own, but you need to know the story of "The Starlost" TV series to appreciate why Ben Bova wrote it
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I've often wondered about the story behind The Starlost...er...Starcrossed. And now I know..sorta! Great job, Ben Bova! Great job indeed!
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