New York: Signet / New American Library, 1971. First Edition. An important anthology of speculative fiction, comprised of work by the faculty and students of Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm's Clarion Workshop for aspiring writers in the genre. Established in 1968, the contributors here were part of the third and final group during the period where the workshop was held at Clarion State College in Clarion, PA. Within a notable group of heavy-hitters – Samuel Delany, Vonda McIntyre, Frederik Pohl, Fritz Leiber, Robert Thurston, and Joanna Russ – emerged a young Octavia Butler, whose story "Crossover" represents her first appearance in book form. A well-preserved copy of an important debut. Item #6798
First Printing, a paperback original. Octavo (18cm); original pictorial card wrappers; yellow edge-staining; [viii],ix-xi,12-239,pp, with the publisher's folding ad leaf bound at center. Hint of sunning to spine, light wear to extremities; Near Fine, with the edge-staining bright and even.