334. Boston: Gregg Press, 1976. Octavo, cloth. First U.S. hardcover edition, first printing. 362 copies printed. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Disch to a coeditor of "The Gregg Press Science Fiction" series on front free endpaper. Text offset from that of the 1974 Avon edition. New introduction by M. John Harrison. "Six interweaving tales set in twenty-first century New York, a scene of high unemployment and heartless 'welfareism.' The book deals convincingly (and unusually) with the marginalized members of a future society. The result is moving and at times harrowing: a masterpiece." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition, p. 372, "A brilliant work, utterly convincing in its portraits of people trying to get by in a world they are powerless to influence or control. The most eloquent display of the pessimism that became newly acceptable in New Wave SF." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-346. 1974 Nebula nominee. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 66. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 338. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2774-77. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. A wonderful association copy. (#152873).
"First Printing, June 1976" on copyright page.