Published to commemorate Ellison's coronation as guest of honor at the 1978 World Science Fiction Convention, The Book of Ellison is equal parts tribute and indictment. The first third of the work is devoted to what authors, editors and acquaintances have to say about him as a writer and a man
-- and, not surprisingly, the verdict is mixed.
The latter two-thirds is a sampling of Ellison's work, focusing mainly on literary criticism and musings about science fiction publishing and fandom. He shows no mercy in savaging such genre icons as John W. Campbell and Frank Herbert.
Not his best work. Little of this material has been collected elsewhere, but few will miss it.