Copy lettered “X.” Full-Leather. Signed by 11 Authors, 1 Artist. LIMITED TO ONLY 35 LETTERED LEATHER-BOUND COPIES, SIGNED BY ALL ELEVEN AUTHORS AND BY THE ILLUSTRATOR for the silver designs on the lettered leather-bound edition and for the dust jacket for the other states of the first edition. The included Authors: Poul Anderson, Hal Clement, Thomas M. Disch, Harlan Ellison, Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Robert Silverberg, Theodore Sturgeon, Kate Wilhelm, and Jack Williamson. The artist is Frank Kelly Freas. Maps are by Diane Duane. Full black Morocco (goatskin) leather, silver lettering on spine, silver-outlined aliens on the front cover. Dedicated to Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton. 8vo – over 7 3/4″ – 9 3/4″ tall
Much of Ellison’s work was influenced by his experiences in the urban life of Brooklyn, New York and Chicago, Illinois. Although it only lasted 10 weeks, Ellison, using a false identity, became a member of the Barons, a gang heralding from Red Hook, Brooklyn. Ellison explored the complexities of urban life that had been widely ignored in literature as well as sci-fi at that time, and his influence is prominent in the development of the modern Cyber Punk genre.
Ellison was recognized for his achievements in the genre of sci-fi with an amassment of seven Hugos, three Nebulas as well as the title of Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2005.