I love this book … decided to include this book for my blog
September 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone
As Timeless As Infinity:
The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling (Vol. 1)
Edited By Tony Albarella
Gauntlet Press, 2004, $66, 488 pgs., ISBN: 1-887368-71-X
Rating: ***1/2 stars
Review by Michael McCarty
“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space, and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow – between science and superstition. And it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone….”
Those words, spoken by Rod Serling on September 2, 1959, launched a classic science-fiction television series. Today, a half century later, The Twilight Zone is being shown in reruns around the world.
As Timeless As Infinity kicks off with the script for “The Time Element,” the unofficial pilot, a story about a bookie who tries to warn the Army of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor. This was shown on Desilu Playhouse and was met with overwhelming enthusiasm.
Record amounts of positive viewer mail poured in, leading to the birth of Rod Serling’s series, The Twilight Zone.
The book also includes seven more classic scripts….
The official pilot (“Where is Everybody?”) tells the tale of a man who searches a small town to find he is completely alone. Plot elements hint that he might be the last man on earth, but the conclusion offers a surprising finale (like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, this show is famous for its twist endings).
“Third from the Sun,” one of Stephen King’s favorite episodes, is based on a classic science-fiction story by Richard Matheson. Two families plan to steal a rocket ship and flee to a distant world before they are destroyed by atomic war. Their destination is Earth.
“The Purple Treatment” introduces us to a soldier who unexpectedly acquires the power to see death in the faces of his comrades.
In “The Big, Tall Wish,” a 10-year-old boy tells an aging prizefighter that he will make a wish for him to win his comeback fight. This script was just as gritty as Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” an episode of the Playhouse 90 series that swept the 1956 Emmys, and also garnered Serling the prestigious Sylvania and Foster Peabody Awards.
“Eye of the Beholder” is a riveting, claustrophobic story set in a future totalitarian state. A miserable girl longs to be just like her peers – but is that necessarily a good thing?
“A Most Unusual Camera” features a pair of petty thieves, who find that a camera they’ve heisted can predict the future with the picture it takes. One of the more comical scripts in the collection.
In “The Mind and the Matter,” a book about thought gives a clerk the power to accomplish anything just by willing it – leaving him free to create a most disturbing world.
“The Dummy,” based on a story by Lee Polk, features a ventriloquist who becomes convinced that his dummy has a will and a life
of its own. (Need I add that there’s a deliciously creepy conclusion?)
The Twilight Zone offered a unique mixture of realism and surrealism, the undeniable and the unbelievable, all in the same package, and this book gives readers a chance to revisit these classic shows.
As Timeless as Infinity is the definitive treatment of Rod Serling’s teleplays for the landmark series. The scripts are reprinted directly from Serling’s personal collection and appear in their original format. Examples of revisions,
hand-written corrections and earlier script drafts are also provided to highlight the evolution of these beloved stories. You even get a chance to examine two scripts for “A Most Unusual Camera” – the first draft and the revised draft that was aired. It is an invaluable asset for screenwriters to examine.
This beautifully packaged coffee table book also includes a message from Serling’s widow, Carol, an appreciation by Twilight Zone writer Richard Matheson, another appreciation by screenwriter Rockne S. O’Bannon, and tributes from producer Buck Houghton
and actors from the series, including Fritz Weaver, Shelley Berman, Robert Stack, Kim Hamilton, and many more. Interwoven amidst all of this is intelligent insight and a great behind-the-scenes look at the series from editor Tony Alberella, plus some rare photos from the show.
Timeless as Infinity truly lives up to its name.
And if you are a fan of the Twilight Zone … please check out Modern Mythmakers. The ebook right now is only .99 cents.
Modern Mythmakers is a collection of 35 interviews from horror and science fiction’s most influential writers and filmmakers, including…
•William F. Nolan
•The Night of the Living Dead crew (including John Russo, Kyra Schon and Russ Streiner)
…and many more.
•Science fiction & fantasy interviews
•Films and Television
•Films and screenplays
Plus Twilight Zone writers are interviewed for the book:
•George Clayton Johnson
George Clayton Johnson especially talks a lot about the Twilight Zone
Right now … the ebook is only .99 cents.
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