DOOR NUMBER THREE. New York: Tor, . Octavo, boards. First edition. A presentation copy with warm signed inscription by O'Leary to his editor, influential F&SF critic, editor and publisher David G. Hartwell, on the title page. The author's "studiously equipoisal first novel ... much expands the 1990s American venue of its beginning: a therapist is the inventor of a time machine and brings back knowledge of Earth's grim post-holocaust near future whose main inhabitants seem to be a new race -- possibly mutants generated through intense radioactivity -- who function primarily as dream-eaters, their choicest source of nourishment being humans traded them for complex reasons, via time travel; his patient is an alien, which is, in a sense, another story. The centrality of story itself, not normally at the heart of SF discourse, dominates this tale and its successors ... and strengthens a sense that O'Leary has taken some of the enigmas at the heart of Gene Wolfe's harder fictions to heart." - SFE (online). A fine copy in fine dust jacket. An important association copy. (#156760).
"First edition: December 1995 / ... / 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.