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Phoenix Without Ashes Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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Ellison quit the project before the first episode was filmed. The actual show that aired was much different than what he wrote. (His successor Ben Bova eventually quit as well, and later wrote the comedic novel THE STARCROSSED loosely based on their experiences.)
PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES (the book) begins with Ellison’s essay “Somehow, I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas, Toto” which details how the script came to be and how NBC/CTV manage to foul it all up. (There is actually a longer, funnier, and slightly less vitriolic version of this essay also in Ellison’s collection STALKING THE NIGHTMARE… make sure to look that one up.)
The prose story that follows is a novelization of the script, authorized by Ellison and written by his friend Edward Bryant. If this story had been filmed correctly with high production values, good acting, and writers who understood science fiction, this could have been an excellent show, much better than its contemporaries like Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers. It certainly would have been more grounded and thought-provoking.
Unfortunately, as a novel in its own right, the story here feels very thin, and it ends with all the major story lines unresolved. This makes sense—a tv pilot is supposed to establish characters, introduce a central conflict, and then leave the viewer wanting to tune it next week.Read more ›
In 1973, famed science fiction author Harlan Ellison was hired to write a television series to be called The Starlost. The producers did not stick very closely to Ellison's vision and Ellison ended up taking his name off of the pilot episode. Only 16 episodes of the series were shot, and it disappeared into obscurity.
But Ellison didn't completely let his story die. In 1975, writer Edward Bryant adapted Ellison's original pilot script into a novel called Phoenix Without Ashes. Although it was positioned at the time as book one in a series, no other volumes were ever published.
Flash forward to 2011, and now we have Phoenix Without Ashes, the graphic novel, which adapts Ellison's screenplay and Bryant's novel into comics form. Ellison himself is credited as creator and writer of the graphic novel, although there is nothing to indicate he actually scripted the comic book version. The art chores are handled by Alan Robinson, who provides some lovely layouts and linework, and colorist Kote Carvajal, whose tones make the book shine.
So what's the story of Phoenix Without Ashes? It starts with a young Amish man named Devon, who lives in a tiny community just a few hundred miles wide that no one ever leaves. Devon is in love with a young woman named Rachel and wants to marry her, but the Elders who rule his community have promised her to another. That conflict leads Devon to rebel against his leaders, which puts him on the run as he uncovers a terrible truth: that the machine that supposedly dictates the will of God to the Elders and the community is nothing less than a lie.
As Devon runs, he discovers something else.Read more ›
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Need more info. Way to short. Good start though. Hi by try my why lie to me be see.good
I watched the Starlost as a kid. It was utterly incomplete, but it was SF at that time.
This book is the proper pilot of that marvelous journey that was never finished.
In an ultra-religious agrarian community known as Cypress Corners, young Devon has become an outcast not only for questioning authority, but also for falling in love with Rachel, a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Philip P. Giunta
This could have been the start of a great series but as a stand alone it feels like the story is just starting past the introduction and about to begin when it abruptly ends.Published 14 months ago by francis dupuis
After acquiring a DVD of The Starlost, I wanted to see what Harlan Ellison envisioned when he was involved at the start of the series. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Riley Cook
Good graphic version of the original teleplay for the first episode of "The Starlost" TV series.Published 18 months ago by Michael Stephens
I liked the art and the idea that forms the basis of the story. Like some people here I've also watched and generally enjoyed the old series 'the starlost' despite the lack of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by M.D.
I watched the first episode of the Star Lost before reading this book. They are similar, but different. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Jim Dalcourt
I first got introduced to this story through a graphic novel. Despite the lackluster artwork i fell in love with the story pretty quickly. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Drew_Vinci