THE DETACHED RETINA: ASPECTS OF SF AND FANTASY. [Liverpool]: Liverpool University Press, . Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. One of several possible dedication copies with signed inscription by Aldiss to David G. Hartwell on the half title page: "Dear David -- / Here's to the / inaccessible mountain! / Your pal / Brian / See p. v! / May '95." "A collection of twenty-three essays, eight of which are revised or expanded from pieces originally in THE PALE SHADOW OF SCIENCE (1985) and ... AND THE LURID GLARE OF THE COMET (1986), the rest new or previously uncollected ... The final two pieces, 'The Veiled World' and 'A Personal Parabola,' are of particular interest to Aldiss scholars, since they focus on his own work and his ideas of 'discontinuous personality.'" - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) 9-1. Aldiss "is among the most literate and astute of writer-critics in the field, and his essays explore at a more leisurely pace many of the topics covered in his more famous TRILLION YEAR SPREE (1986)." - Gary K. Wolfe. Trade paperback format. A fine copy. (#163947).
"This collection first published 1995 ..." on copyright page.