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Topic: THIS CITY (at the End of Time) "I recognized it immediately."

From: Suzy Butterfly
Location: Houston
Date: 02/16/2011

I first came in contact with THIS CITY on April 6, 1967. At that time it was called "The City on the Edge of Forever". The teleplay is credited to Harlan Ellison. The show was Star Trek.

My second contact was first person on June 8, 1976. My diary excerpt: "I am not here. I went home through the crystal to the city streets with white towers gleaming gold in the sun. I stayed the while only to come back. I am not strong enough to hold myself there." I think you call that place the Kalpa.

In 1982 my third contact with THE CITY was via "Blade Runner" and the mind of P.K. Dick.

"Dick: I had this vision in my mind then that I would go up there and be introduced to Ridley Scott, and be introduced to Harrison Ford, who's the lead character, and I'd just be so dazzled I'd be like Mr. Toad seeing the motorcar for the first time. My eyes would be wide as saucers and I'd just be standing there completely mesmerized. Then I would watch a scene being shot. And Harrison Ford would say, "Lower that blast-pistol or you're a dead android!" And I would just leap across that special effects set like a veritable gazelle and seize him by the throat and start battering him against the wall. They'd have to run in and throw a blanket over me and call the security guards to bring in the Thorazine. And I'd be screaming, "You've destroyed my book!"

That would be a little item in the newspaper: "Obscure Author Becomes Psychotic on H'wood Set; Minor Damage, Mostly to the Author." They'd have to ship me back to Orange County in a crate full of air holes. And I'd still be screaming.

I started drinking a whole lot of scotch. I went from a thimbleful to a jigger glass and finally to two wine glasses of scotch every night. Last Memorial Day I started bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding. And it was because of drinking scotch and taking aspirin constantly and worrying about this whole goddamned thing. I said, "Hollywood is gonna kill me by remote control!"

TZ: All of that changed when you saw David W. People's revised screenplay?

Dick: I saw a segment of Douglas Trumbull's special effects for Blade Runner on the KNBC-TV news. I recognized it immediately. It was my own interior world. They caught it perfectly.

I wrote the station, and they sent the letter to the Ladd Company. They gave me the updated screenplay. I read it without knowing they had brought somebody else in. I couldn't believe what I was reading! It was simply sensational -- still Hampton Francher's screenplay, but miraculously transfigured, as it were. The whole thing had simply been rejuvenated in a very fundamental way."


In 1993 THE CITY was Olaf Stapledon's "Star Maker" and "Last and First Men".

"But there is the one thought by which, in our individual state, we are still dismayed, namely that the cosmos enterprise itself may fail; that the full potentiality of the Real may never find expression; that never, in any stage of time, the multitudinous and conflicting existents should be organized as the universal harmonious living body; that the spirit's eternal nature, therefore, should be discordant, miserably tranced; that the indestructible beauties of this our sphere of space and time should remain imperfect, and remain, too, not adequately worshipped."

And then I found your book: The City at the End of Time. This is 2011.

This is my 1995 = http://www.futrtools.com/sound/clip40.mp3

Thanx for a great read and when is the movie coming out?

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/08/2011

Thanks, Suzy--no plans yet for a movie! It would be quite an epic...

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)

From: m k o
Location: kl ont
Date: 04/09/2011

I already have the whole movie right up here >taptaptap<

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/09/2011

Eyelids do frequently make the best movie screens!

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)

From: Suzy Butterfly
Location: NASA - across the lake - Houston
Date: 04/26/2011

April 1, 2011
No it's not April Fools, then went and did it.


Looks like you won't get distribution in China for you movie.

Re: THIS CITY (at the End of Time)

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/10/2011

Ah! Wonderful. They're worried that a real time machine can alter the history of the Party... But then, shouldn't they ban Photoshop as well?

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