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VIDEO: Keir Dullea and Douglas Trumbull Pitch Harlan Ellison’s New SciFi Show “The Starlost”

Keir Dullea and Douglas Trumbull worked together on the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey as actor and Special Photographic Effects Supervisors, respectively. They would come together again 5 years later on a television show called The Starlost, which was created by Harlan Ellison. Ellison distanced himself from the production before the first episode even aired on Canadian TV…but there were 16 episodes anyway. Ben Bova served as science advisor.

Here’s the video of Dullea/Trumbull pitching the series…followed by all 16 episodes.

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4 Comments on VIDEO: Keir Dullea and Douglas Trumbull Pitch Harlan Ellison’s New SciFi Show “The Starlost”

  1. I remember watching this show when I was a kid — and liking it. It was a strange sort of disappointment as an adult to learn that it was supposedly terrible.

  2. I never saw the series. I was vaguely aware of it, years after the fact, because the local public library had a copy of Ben Bova’s The Starcrossed (, which I read a few times.

  3. Oh, this show was such a disappointment based on the hype I heard in those print and word-of-mouth only days.

    For a good look at what might have been and what went wrong, look for the Ellison – Bryant “Phoenix Without Ashes”. That contains Bryant’s novelization of the original script (not the mess we saw) and Ellison’s screamingly funny (and sad) essay on making the show.

    Next to his introduction to the movie version of “I, Robot” that was never made (and would have been oh, so much better than the hot mess we did get to see), it’s one of the best looks as to why we see so much poor television (or film).

  4. (Funny how the ship depicted…and the music from Trumbull’s “Silent Running”. Trumbull being the SFX creator for both and the director for SR.)

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