First promised in 1971, The Last Dangerous Visions — the third volume in Harlan Ellison's notorious trilogy of cutting-edge science fiction anthologies — has become a legend of procrastination and unreality; somewhere in the range of 150 stories by the finest science fiction writers of the day have been sitting under Mr. Ellison's desk for over twenty years, the hapless editor refusing to admit he's in over his head. Fantagraphics Books presents British science fiction author Christopher Priest's The Book on the Edge of Forever, a calm, Swiftian account of 150 authors held hostage to bullshit, manipulation, arm-twisting and rip-off — a simultaneously humorous and horrifying portrait which paints in clinical strokes the image of a Napoleonic petty dictator of letters lording it over his peers with all the savoir-faire of a big-dicked used car salesman. As a bonus to the essay proper, this exciting autopsy includes corroborating anecdotes by such renowned authors as Harry Harrison, Brian Aldiss, and George R.R. Martin. But above and beyond these riches of embarrassment, you'll surely treasure the masterful cover illo, wherein savage pointillism caricaturist Drew Friedman wraps this bomb of a package in prickly ink, archly designed to pay homage to the estimable Harlan Ellison as he has never been paid before. So make sure to catch this talked-about little gem.