Nat Segaloff is a writer-producer-journalist who was kidnapped into science fiction by John de Lancie, Leonard Nimoy, and Harlan Ellison (except in Harlan’s case it was speculative fiction). A former film industry journalist who wrote over the years for Boston After Dark, Time Out (New England), Moving Pictures magazine, The Real Paper, The Cambridge Express, The Real Paper, but mostly for The Boston Herald, Nat also appeared on WBZ-TV’s “Evening Magazine” and WSBK-TV’s “Movie Loft & Company” as well as on WEEI-FM, the CBS radio station, and independent broadcaster WITS-AM. Since none of them is around any more (except Nat and the Herald), it’s easy to understand why he fled to California when Boston dried up to make TV documentaries and write books. Among the former are A&E Biography episodes on John Belushi, Stan Lee, Larry King, and Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop; four Rock ‘n’ Roll Moments clip shows; and various other projects including an HBO documentary on the American parole system.
His books include biographies of William Friedkin (Hurricane Billy), Arthur Penn (Arthur Penn: American Director), Stirling Silliphant (The Fingers of God); a journal on the making of the last film that John Huston worked on (Mr. Huston/Mr. North); the best-selling swan song chronicle Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors; and two edgy memoirs, Screen Saver and Screen Saver Too.
It was John de Lancie and Leonard Nimoy who asked Nat to form Alien Voices with them in 1995 after a noteworthy NPR broadcast of Invasion from Mars. Together they produced five audiobooks for Simon & Schuster Audio. Dramatized by Nat and de Lancie and featuring all-Star Trek casts, the titles included The Time Machine, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Invisible Man, The Lost World, and The First Men in the Moon (the latter of which was also presented by the Si-Fi Channel (sic) as the first live TV/Internet simulcast.
Nat is the co-author (with NESFA member Daniel M.; Kimmel and Arnie Reisman) of The Waldorf Conference, a comedy-drama about the secret 1947 meeting of studio moguls that began the Hollywood Blacklist. The play had its all-star world premiere at L.A. Theatre Works and was acquired for production by Warner Bros. He produced a subsequent staging (in which Harlan Ellison acted a major role) to benefit the Hollywood ACLU and the Writers Guild Foundation. He was staff producer for The Africa Channel, wrote the stage comedy Closets (mounted by the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe at Massachusetts’ Gloucester Stage Company), and is writer for the popular public radio word/game show “Says You!” after having been a frequent guest panelist.
Nat’s appearance at Boskone 55 arises from a five-year project called A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison. Published by NESFA Press, it’s the first-ever biography of the controversial, prolific writer and the first to include substantial excerpts from his work.
Harlan Ellison & Nat Segaloff