Outer Limits Books

Informational Books

The Outer Limits Companion

In depth coverage of all things in the original series.

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  • Author: David Schow
  • Publisher: GNP/Crescendo Records
  • ISBN: 0-9665169-0-7
  • Published: First edition 1986 and Second edition 1998

Second edition sections:

  1. The Awe and Mystery of the Universe
  2. We Are Controlling Transmission
  3. Fear of the Unknown
  4. The Devil's Puppeteer
  5. Man's Endless Thirst for Knowledge
  6. Beyond the Outer Limits
  7. The Ravages of Time & Taste

The Outer Limits at 50

Coverage of the original series with an episode guide, merchandise, many previously unpublished photos, and what has been happening with the original series over the 50 years.

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  • Author: David Schow with Ted C. Rypel
  • Publisher: Creature Features
  • ISBN: 978-0-9839175-2-6
  • Published: February 2014


  1. We're All Aliens on This Ship
  2. We are Controlling Transmission
  3. The Infinity of Limits
  4. Merchandising Limits

The Outer Limits

The book covers how the original series differs from typical programs airing in the 1960s, how the networks wanted mainstream entertainment and the writers wanted to challenge viewers, and how the show influenced and changed TV series that came after it.

The book is part of a TV Milestone series of the publisher. The author is associate professor of media studies at Northeastern University and has written several other books in this series.

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  • Author: Joanne Morreale
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • ISBN: 978-0-8143-4745-4 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 978-0-8143-4746-1 (ebook)
  • Published: April 2022


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Highbrow Meets Lowbrow
  • Televisuality in The Outer Limits: Noir Science and Gothic Science Fiction
  • Behind the New Frontier
  • The Outer Limits as Creative Adaption
  • Beyond The Outer Limits
  • References
  • Index

From the Inner Mind To…The Outer Limits Scripts of Joseph Stefano (Volume 1)

The book contains six classic and two fully scripted but never produced episodes written by Joseph Stefano.

The book is available in two limited editions: a 500-copy numbered edition and a 52-copy traycased lettered edition.

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  • Editor: Dave Rash
  • Jacket art design: Harry O. Morris
  • Publisher: Gauntlet Press
  • ISBN: 978-934267-72-1
  • Published: 2021


  • A Message From Dominic Stefano
  • Editor's Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Don’t Open Till Doomsday
  • It Crawled Out of the Woodwork
  • The Zanti Misfits
  • The Invisibles
  • A Feasibility Study
  • The Forms of Things Unknown
  • The Forms of Things Unknown - Never Filmed
  • Small Wonder - Part II - Never Filmed
  • Bonus Section (Lettered version only)

From the Inner Mind To…The Outer Limits Scripts of Joseph Stefano (Volume 2)

The book contains final shooting scripts for five episodes and three scripts for never produced episodes. All are by Joseph Stefano.

The book will be available in two limited editions: a 500-copy numbered edition and a 52-copy traycased lettered edition.

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  • Nightmare
  • The Bellero Shield
  • The Mice
  • Fun and Games
  • The Forms of Things Unknown
  • Small Wonder - Part I - Never Filmed
  • The Cats - Never Filmed
  • Brains - Never Filmed
  • Bonus Section (Lettered version only) - Moonstone original treatment

The Outer Limits: Nightmare

Joseph Stefano's original unabridged Nightmare script presented as originally written.

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  • Author: Joseph Stefano
  • Publisher: Villa Di Stefano Productions
  • ISBN: 979-8986387604
  • Published: January 2022


  • A Message From Dominic Stefano
  • Editor's Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Nightmare Manuscript
  • Picture Gallery
  • On Set With David Frankham
  • A Critical Assessment By Michael L. Shuman

Outer Limits Novels

Armageddon Dreams

New novelizations as well as follow-on stories of Outer Limits episodes. Also included is the original script of Soldier.

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  • Story Author: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Publisher: Quadrillion Media (company dissolved on 23 August 2016)
  • ISBN: 1-58185-700-4
  • Published: 2000
  • Editor: Emanuel Bergmann
  1. Introduction: Working Beyond My Limits by Harlan Ellison
  2. Soldier (original script)
  3. Prisoner of War (Soldier follow-on)
  4. The Man Who Was Never Born (Adapted from a screenplay by Anthony Lawrence)
  5. The Human Factor (Adapted from a script by David Duncan)
  6. Memories On Ice (The Human Factor follow-on)

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This three book series contained stories adapted from episodes of both the original and new Outer Limits series. Also included was one story predating the series. They were published by Prima Publishing which is now a division of Random House .

Volume 1 published 1996, ISBN:0-7615-0619-5
  • Soldier by Harlan Ellison
  • It Crawled Out of the Woodwork adaptation by Diane Duane, original screenplay by Joseph Stefano
  • If These Walls Could Talk adaptation by Howard V. Hendrix, original screenplay by Manny Coto
  • The Sixth Finger adaptation by John M. Ford, original screenplay by Ellis St. Joseph
Volume 2 published 1997, ISBN:0-7615-0620-9
  • Arena by Fredric Brown
  • The Choice adaptation by Diane Duane, original screenplay by Anne Lewis Hamilton
  • A Feasibility Study adaptation by Michael Marano, original screenplay by Joseph Stefano
  • The Message adaptation by Richard A. Lupoff, original screenplay by Brad Wright
Volume 3 published 1997, ISBN:0-7615-0621-5
  • I, Robot by Eando Binder
  • The Quality of Mercy adaptation by Phoebe Reeves, original screenplay by Brad Wright
  • The Voyage Home adaptation by Diane Duane, original screenplay by Grant Rosenberg
  • The Forms of Things Unknown adaptation by Richard A. Lupoff, original screenplay by Joseph Stefano

Outer Limits Story Books

Both original and stories based on episodes of the series, and are aimed at younger readers. They were published by Tor Books and are written or adapted by John Peel. Cover art is by Peter Bollinger.

The Zanti Misfits

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  • Book #1
  • Based on the teleplay by Joseph Stefano
  • Published September 1997
  • ISBN: 0-812-59063-5

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Welcome to reform school...alien style.

The Zanti have landed. But who—or what—are these creatures? The rulers of the planet Zanti have found a solution to the problem of what to do with the undesirable misfits and dangerous malcontents who threaten their perfectly ordered society—exile them to Earth!

The leaders on Earth are powerless to object.The Zanti are far superior to us. All our scientific and military leaders can do is monitor the arrival of the Zanti misfits and wait. And wonder...why Earth?

Teenagers Ben Garth and Lisa Lawrence are about to find out.They're outcasts, too. Now they're on the run...and headed towards a terrifying showdown with the Zanti Misfits.

The Choice

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  • Book #2
  • From the television script by Ann Lewis Hamilton
  • Published September 1997
  • ISBN: 0-812-59064-3

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A case of kidnapping? Or a rescue?

Aggie Travers is different from her classmates. She has telekinetic powers...violent powers she has difficulty controlling. Her parents are baffled; they don't know what to do. Then Aggie is befriended by Karen—a substitute teacher with unique insights into Aggie and her powers.

The problem? A government agent is hunting for Karen. She has been linked to the disappearance of other children...children with similar powers. ls it really Karen the agent is after? Or Aggie? The Travers don't know who to trust.They will have to make...the choice.

The Time Shifter

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  • Book #3
  • Published November 1997
  • ISBN: 0-812-59065-1

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A beautiful dream of a better future?

Or Brandon's worst nightmare...?

Twelve-year-old Brandon Mooney gets the scare of his life when he looks into a mirror...and sees a grizzled old man staring back at him! But things get really weird when the old man steps out of the mirror and introduces himself as Brandon Mooney...age 92!

No way! The old Brandon has traveled back in time 80 years. Why? It turns out the future isn't as great as it was cracked up to be. In fact, it's the pits. So the old man has decided to step back into the present in order to change the future—and he needs Brandon's help.

As Brandon will discover, however, tampering with time can have some unexpected—and very dangerous—consequences.

The Lost

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  • Book #4
  • Published December 1997
  • ISBN: 0-812-59067-8

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Brainwashed teenage zombies?

Or just another day in the 'burbs?

Stacy can't understand what's going on with the kids in her neighborhood.They just aren't acting normal. Her best friend Amy has thrown away her collection of Doc Martens and is wearing "sensible" shoes instead. Her boyfriend Justin is acting bizarre, too. ls that really Kenny G he's listening to on the radio? It's like everyone is turning into their parents. Now that is really scary!

Stacy is convinced that someone—or something—is brainwashing all the teenagers in town. Can she discover who and why before it is too late? Or will Stacy be turned into one of...the lost?

The Invaders

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  • Book #5
  • Published February 1998
  • ISBN: 0-812-59068-6

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Feeling a little...saur today?

Every school kid knows that dinosaurs became extinct millions of years ago. But what would happen if maybe some dinosaur DNA managed to survive? And what if it could be revived and transferred into a living host?

A host just like...you?

As a group of teenagers are about to discover, this Jurassic Iark is no fairy tale. It's real. People are beginning to mutate into monstrous creatures—part dinosaur and part human, but one hundred percent deadly....

The Innocent

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  • Book #6
  • Published April 1998
  • ISBN: 0-812-56455-3

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School's out on the planet Tarshish...forever.

Humans have established a thriving colony on the planet Tarshish, until a native species of semi-insectoids awakens from a long incubation and attacks the colony. Only the children survive—and a computer.

The computer teaches the children how to form their own community. A community without adults and without boring adult rules and stupid adult regulations.On Tarshish, kids rule! Until the day a rescue ship arrives to bring them back.

But the kids don't want to be rescued.They like being in charge. In fact, they might go to war to prove it!

The Vanished

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  • Book #7
  • Published October 1998
  • ISBN: 0-812-57564-4

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Where is everybody?

The alarm clock goes off. You wake up and get ready for school, just like every other day. So what's the big deal? Well, what if one morning you suddenly discovered that you were one of the last surviving people on Earth? That's right, everyone else has disappeared. No idea how, no idea why, just... gone—vanished. This has come true for a small group of teenagers who have just awakened to their worst nightmare.

But it gets worse. Someone—or something—is hunting them down.

The Nightmare

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  • Book #8
  • Published December 1998
  • ISBN: 0-812-57565-2

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It was only a nightmare...right?

When teenager Cassie Wilson volunteers for a study in psychic phenomena at the university, she figures it will be a lot of fun. But the experiment goes terribly wrong and Cassie ends up in the hospital. She's fine, except for the terrible nightmares—and each one is worse than the last. Cassie makes a startling discovery: what she sees in her nightmares comes true. But when she tries to warn people of the coming danger, no one believes her! Instead, her friends turn on her. Then her neighbors. Fear turns to anger. Mobs hunt Cassie down like an animal.

But the nightmares grow stronger....

Beware the Metal Children

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  • Book #9
  • Published February 1999
  • ISBN: 0-812-57566-0

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Welcome to the seventh grade...again. And again.

Fitting in at a new school is tough for any kid. But what if you were a robot? Roger is one of the new children—sophisticated androids created to act and talk and think just like normal kids.Only these "kids" are machines. A mysterious toxic plague has infected the human population, and the only way to have children is to manufacture them. But machines don't grow up like normal children.They can't grow.They just keep repeating the same year over and over again. At some point Roger's owners—er, parents—will replace him with an older Roger. The problem?

Roger doesn't want to be replaced.

Alien Invasion From Hollyweird

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  • Book #10
  • Published April 1999
  • ISBN: 0-812-57567-9

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In this movie, the special effects seem so real...maybe a little too real?

Melanie and Jeff are thrilled to be cast as extras in the newest alien invasion epic being filmed in their hometown. It's so cool! And the special effects are awesome! The movie has everything, including an army of freaky alien invaders with high-tech laser annihilators.

But it turns out the movie is just a cover for a real alien invasion. And so are all the other hit alien movies. Melanie and Jeff have to warn someone. But no one will listen!

This time when the director yells "It's a wrap!" it could mean the final cut for the human race.

The Payback

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  • Book #11
  • Published May 1999
  • ISBN: 0-812-57568-7

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Puppy love—but with a real bite!

When the pets in her neighborhood suddenly go on a rampage, it's Devra Thomas who ends up in the doghouse. It seems a group of primates in a "brain enhancement" experiment have escaped from a nearby research facility. Somehow they are passing on their enhanced brains to all the other animals, and they want their revenge for all the years of humiliation at the hands of their human masters.The animals take over the town and no human is safe.

Luckily, Devra's beloved pooch would never turn on her. Or would she? It's time for a little...payback—bow wow style.

The Change

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  • Book #12
  • Published July 1999
  • ISBN: 0-812-57569-5

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These growing pains are...monstrous.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Wright is hiding out for his life.The space research station he and his family live on has been invaded by a dangerous alien. One by one each member of the station team has disappeared. Captured. But why?

Part of the answer is revealed when Lucas stumbles upon a series of strange cocoons on board. Inside he finds the imprisoned crew members, including his family. Even more horrible, each is undergoing a slow metamorphosis. But into what? Lucas has only a very short time to discover the answer before he, too, undergoes...the change.

Informational Magazines

The Outer Limits Files

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Files Magazine Spotlight on the Outer Limits Files was a four issue series with information on the original Outer Limits series. They were published by Psi Fi Movie Press which published Files Magazines for many sci-fi/fantasy TV shows between 1985 and 1987. The Outer Limits Files do not list a publish date but came out in this time frame. There were intended to be more Outer Limits Files as the issue #4 introduction ends with the statement "more about them next issue" which was never published.

The episode guide contains credits, a very detailed synopsis, comments and information, and one or two pictures for each episode. At the end of the magazine is information on other Files Magazines. In a quick search all Files Magazines found had the same ISBN: 1-55698-005-1 which is printed on issues #2 and #4. Information I added is enclosed in brackets.

Magazine credits
  • By Doug Murray
  • Edited by Hal Schuster
  • Dedicated to Joseph Stefano/Leslie Stevens
  • Designed by James R. Martin
  • Photo assistance by Jerry Ohlinger
OLF-1 The Human Factor
  • Introduction [Background on Doug Murray and the Outer Limits]
  • Introduction to the Season Guide [Background on the writing/production]
  • The Crew [Season one credits]
  • Episode Guide [Season one episodes 1 through 8]
  • Profile: The Control Voice
OLF-2 Nightmare
  • Introduction [same as issue #1]
  • Introduction to the Season Guide [continuation of issue #1]
  • The Crew [same as issue #1]
  • Episode Guide [Season one episodes 9 through 16]
  • Dialogue with Joseph Stefano [Producer]
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  • Introduction [continuation of issue #1]
  • The Crew [same as issue #1]
  • Episode Guide [Season one episodes 17 through 24]
  • A Talk with Jim Danforth [Special Effects]
OL-4 Fun and Games
  • Introduction [continuation of issue #3]
  • The Cast and Crew [same as issue #1]
  • The Episodes [Season one episodes 25 through 32]
  • John Chambers Profile [Masks and makeup]

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