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This review is from: The Book on the Edge of Forever: The Facts, the Figures, and the Delusions Behind Harlan Ellison's Never-Published Anthology (Paperback)
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 edge of danger, and still no TLDV. Mr Priest collects enough evidence both of Ellison's mercurial personality and inconsistency regarding this volume to paint a pretty damning portrait. While the story of the nonissuance of TLDV is interesting, I'd rather see the works it is supposed to have contained. Wouldn't that be nice? Hey, Harlan, let 'em go!