The Book on the Edge of Forever: An Enquiry into the Non-Appearance of Harlan Ellison's the Last Dangerous Visions
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The Book on the Edge of Forever: An Enquiry into the Non-Appearance of Harlan Ellison's the Last Dangerous Visions

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Paperback, 56 pages
Published December 17th 1997 by Fantagraphics Books (first published 1994)
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Sad to think of the dozens of stories Ellison has allowed to go to waste by refusing to return to authors stories they sold him 40 years ago for an unpublished and unpublishable SF anthology. Priest details well the story behind the great publishing nonevent--the usual cautionary tale of ego and hubris. Nowdays, Ellison attends conferences to retail his imminent demise, assuring us that no hand however skilled will be allowed to finish the 100 or so stories he's leaving behind (not that anybody...more
The first two volumes in the series were MAGIC. Turned the field of science fiction on its ear, awards were flung at the contributors like so much confetti, new voices were heard, some of the best work in any literary genre was produced, etc, etc. The third has never appeared, apparently weighted down by both the audience's and the editor's expectations for something bigger, braver, bolder. Almost thirty years have passed, most of the visions collected for this book are likely to have lost their...more
At this point, this pamphlet is mostly a curiousity for people who love or love to hate Harlan Ellison. Detailing the long delays and repeated broken promises given by Ellison regarding the publication of the third volume of his Dangerous Visions series, Priest offers a sound, reasonable argument against Ellison's face-saving tactics. The most interesting aspect of this pamphlet are the letters written to Priest from different authors who submitted stories to Ellison for publication, and their r...more
Keith Davis
If anyone ever writes a history of procrastination, Last Dangerous Visions should have its own chapter. First scheduled for publication in 1973, over 100 authors contributed stories to the anthology which has never been published and probably never will.
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Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968.

He has published eleven novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.

He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In...more
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