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Starlost, The

Entry updated 10 March 2017. Tagged: TV.

Canadian tv series, syndicated by CTV (1973). Executive producers Douglas Trumbull, Jerry Zeitman. Produced by William Davidson. Series created Cordwainer Bird (pseudonym of Harlan Ellison). Technical advisor Ben Bova. Cast includes Keir Dullea, William Osler, Gay Rowen and Robin Ward. One season of 17 50-minute episodes. Colour.

This series about life on a vast Generation Starship, none of whose occupants know its entire extent, should have been good given the quality of some of its creators (Trumbull, Ellison, Bova). In fact it was dire, and only in Canada were all episodes aired. Ellison repudiated it, and Bova wrote a roman à clef about the fiasco, The Starcrossed (1975). Ellison's original script for episode 1 (not as filmed) won the prestigious Writer's Guild of America Award, and was novelized: Phoenix without Ashes (1975) as by Ellison with Edward Bryant. [PN]


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