(From the publisher):
From the publisher
Gauntlet Press is thrilled to announce we will be publishing all 92 of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone scripts, authorized by his wife Carol Serling. This will be a 7-10 volume signed limited edition set entitled AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY: THE COMPLETE TWILIGHT ZONE SCRIPTS OF ROD SERLING. Except for The Twilight Zone Magazine and a few textbooks, this is the first time that Carol Serling has authorized (and will take an active role in) the publication of these scripts. The books will be edited by Tony Albarella (one of the Board of Directors for the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation).
AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY will offer a unique and definitive look at Rod Serling’s landmark The Twilight Zone teleplays. The classic scripts will be reprinted directly from Serling’s personal collection, currently housed in the Special Collections Archive at Ithaca College. As editor, Albarella worked closely with Carol Serling to bring out material that has never before been made available to the public.
The scripts will appear in their original format and will not be typeset or altered in any way. In many cases this includes Rod’s handwritten changes or notations. The Ithaca material also includes some revisions and earlier script drafts that differ, to varying degrees, from the final shooting scripts. We’ll include these variant details where appropriate to document the creative process and track the evolution of the stories.
A commentary will accompany each rare script; in many cases this will include interview material with cast and crew and select comments from Serling himself. In addition, many of Rod’s friends and colleagues will pay tribute to the man and his work. Included will be appreciations from contemporaries that worked with Serling as well as current talents that were inspired by him. Participating in Volume One will be Richard Matheson and Rockne S. O'Bannon (creator of the television series' Alien Nation, Sea Quest DSV, and Farscape).
Preparation for this ambitious collection began in early 2002. Since then, scores of exclusive interviews have been conducted and the gathering of unique material is an on-going process. A few surprises will be offered along the way, including examples of Serling’s personal correspondence, vintage communications from CBS, rare production photos and much more.
Rod Serling was a true visionary - one of the pioneers of early television - and The Twilight Zone showcased some of his finest creations. AS TIMELESS AS INFINITY will present these ageless tales in a tribute worthy of Serling’s legacy.
The list of scripts to appear in Volume One is as follows:
- The Time Element - This hour-long was not an official Twilight Zone, but the widely accepted unofficial pilot. It was a Desilu Playhouse production from 1958 about time travel. It got surprisingly good ratings and that's what encouraged CBS to consider Serling's "sci-fi/fantasy" proposal. This show is seldom seen and has never been offered in print in any form.
- Where is Everybody? - (the official pilot)
- Eye of the Beholder
- Third from the Sun
- The Purple Testament
- The Big, Tall Wish
- A Most Unusual Camera - Two versions of this script are included with the book -- one that is the "final shooting script" and one that is a complete, alternate version that varies from the other in several respects.
- The Mind and the Matter
- The Dummy
Volume One is 488 pages in length. Edited by Tony Albarella.
Original title: As Timeless as Infinity: The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling Volume 1
Genre: Drama and Plays→ American
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