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[[ Read Best ]] Again, Dangerous VisionsAuthor Harlan Ellison –

Again, Dangerous Visions, First Published In , Is The Sequel To The Sf Short Story Anthology Dangerous Visions It Was Edited By Harlan Ellison, Illustrated By Ed Emshwiller Like Its Predecessor, Again, Dangerous Visions And The Stories Within It Received Many Awards The Word For World Is Forest, By Ursula K Le Guin, Won A Hugo For Best Novella When It Changed By Joanna Russ Won A Nebula Award For Best Short Story For A Nd Time, Ellison Received A Special Hugo For Editing The Anthology Again, Dangerous Visions Was To Be Followed By A Rd Anthology, The Last Dangerous Visions At This Point, Ellison Has Said That It Will Probably Never See The Light Of Day Introduction An Assault Of New Dreamers By Harlan Ellison The Counterpoint Of View By John Heidenry Ching Witchby Ross Rocklynne The Word For World Is Forest By Ursula K Le Guin For Value Received By Andrew J Offutt Mathoms From The Time Closet Robot S Story, Against The Lafayette Escadrille, Loco Parentis By Gene Wolfe Time Travel For Pedestrians By Ray Nelson Christ, Old Student In A New School Poemby Ray Bradbury King Of The Hill By Chad Oliver The Report Is Brought To You By By Edward Bryant The Funeral By Kate Wilhelm Harry The Hare By James B Hemesath When It Changed By Joanna Russ The Big Space Fuck By Kurt Vonnegut Bounty By TL Sherred Still Life By KM O Donnell Barry N Malzberg Stoned Counsel By HH Hollis Monitored Dreams Strategic Cremations The Bisquit Position, The Girl With Rapid Eye Movements By Bernard Wolfe With A Finger In My I By David Gerrold In The Barn By Piers Anthony Soundless Evening By Lee Hoffman By Gahan Wilson The Test Tube Creature, Afterward By Joan Bernott And The Sea Like Mirrors By Gregory Benford Bed Sheets Are White By Evelyn Lief Tissue At The Fitting Shop Rd American Dream By James Sallis Elouise And The Doctors Of The Planet Pergamon By Josephine Saxton Chuck Berry, Won T You Please Come Home By Ken McCullough Epiphany For Aliens By David Kerr Eye Of The Beholder By Burt K Filer Moth Race By Richard Hill In Re Glover By Leonard Tushnet Zero Gee By Ben Bova A Mouse In The Walls Of The Global Village By Dean R Koontz Getting Along By James Blish Judith Ann Lawrence Totenb Ch By Parra Y Figu Redo Things Lost By Thomas M Disch With The Bentfin Boomer Boys On Little Old New Alabama By Richard A Lupoff Lamia Mutable By M John Harrison Last Train To Kankakee By Robin Scott Empire Of The Sun By Andrew Weiner Ozymandias By Terry Carr The Milk Of Paradise By James Tiptree, Jr

10 thoughts on “Again, Dangerous Visions

  1. says:

    This copy is signed by Harlan Ellison.

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    Sometimes the worst thing that can happen is to be successful Because your next thing has to surpass your first success Just ask the guy who came up with the idea of pet rocks.Harlan Ellison probably knows what I am talking about Dangerous Visions was a raging success It is still the definitive sci fi anthology of the last half of the 20th century It was a risk and a risk well taken So of course there had to be a sequel.But in Again, Dangerous Visions the writers know the score Be ground breaking Be controversial Be different So what we get is 46 authors in 800 plus pages trying to out innovate the others and trying too hard The result is an uneven set of stories that pale to the original collection That isn t to say there are not some nice tales here It just isn t Dangerous Visions.Update Today I took this off my shelf and looked at the inscription Ellison wrote for me on the title page It reads I never wanted to edit this book Pretty much sums it up

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    Sometime between the first Dangerous Visions anthology and the second, Harlan Ellison jumped the shark Perhaps in those four years, he started to believe his own hype It is true that the first anthology did seem to set a fire under a number of writers, both old and new, to experiment and try new things, and it happened because Ellison championed it But in the preparation of the second volume, Ellison took on much than a simple championing role he became a dangerous vision of himself.But before I get to the real criticism of this volume, let me note that it still contains a couple of the greatest short fiction stories ever published Ursula K Le Guin s The Word for World is Forest, a piece that merges environmentalism and racism in such a talented way that it s as hard to read it as, Le Guin says in her afterword, it was easy for her to write it and Joanna Russ s When It Changed, one of the best feminist science fiction stories, posting a world where the men died off and the women did what they had to do to continue, then the ramifications of being rediscovered by the rest of humanity Both of these stories are as powerful today as they were forty years ago, because the problems remain To be entirely frank, I ve never been a fan of either writer, some of whose other stories set my teach on edge But there s no disputing that these stories are worthy of being read by every reader, especially any reader who wants to understand the power of science fiction when it s done well and done correctly.There are some other good stories in this 46 story anthology as well Ching Witch by Ross Rocklynne is one of the funniest stories that incorporates a cat H H Hollis Stoned Counsel is an interesting idea of how legal work could be transformed in the future through hallucinogens The two stories by Bernard Wolfe, The Bisquit Position and The Girl With Rapid Eye Movements, are unusual and strange in their mixture of 70s cultural themes Vietnam war, sleep research with 50s era style world weary protagonists caught up in weirdness Gregory Benford s And the Sea Like Mirrors predates Stephen King by a decade, containing much of what has become King s stock in trade a horrific world in which an everyman tries to survive But the majority of these stories are simply meh, and in some instances, downright awful One story in particular, Richard Lupoff s With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old Alabama, was so annoying i.e., made up language similar to Russell Hoban s Riddley Walker , I skimmed it after the first section And it s not hard to discover why this may be, because the very process of putting this anthology together can be pieced together from the introductions and afterwords The culprit Ellison s increasing need to grandstand, to puff up the book and himself One of the earliest things you learn is that this huge volume comprises only half of what Ellison had accepted and bought, and that it became so large, he and the publisher agreed to release this volume and then one called The Last Dangerous Visions later so much later that it never appeared Grandstanding The best example of which can be read in the introduction and afterword to Bed Sheets are White by Evelyn Lief, which is of a story than the story itself Basically, Ellison shows up at Clarion determined to be a holy terror to the students by tearing apart their stories on the first day of his week In the afterword, Lief reports that Ellison said this about her story that first morning, This story is trite and schoolgirlish It s the perfect example of every single thing that can be done wrong, all in one piece of writing She goes back to her room and writes DAMN YOU, HARLAN ELLISON on a sign and hangs it above her typewriter and then proceeds to write something that he will like He likes it and immediately buys it for Again, Dangerous Visions.And that would be a beautiful story if Bed Sheets are White was any good, but it s not It s short enough that you can forgive it for being mediocre, but Ellison lauds it as on par with Le Guin or Russ or Benford Sorry, not even close What the foreword by Ellison and afterword by Lief depict is Ellison s increasing role in the creation of not only the book, but the stories themselves, as he started to see himself as the great savior of literature, challenging both established authors and beginning students, and becoming their benefactor, muse, and daemon It becomes all about him, both from his standpoint and the author s And thus, when it fails to be about the story, things fall apart.Unlike others before me who ve laid criticism at Ellison s feet, his recent departure from this world means I have no fear of a late night phone call or sharply worded threat made in a public place The thing is, I ve always liked Ellison s writing his short story and essay collections were meat and potatoes to me in my formative years, and I loved his zeal and passion to champion perceived and real injustices in the world In particular, his essays in The Glass Teat and The Other Glass Teat were early influences on how I viewed popular entertainment and the role of the critic The Dangerous Visions anthologies were a great idea, and the two that were published had an impact that could be felt beyond the SFF world Yet the warning signs for the project going off the rails could clearly be seen in A,DV even if Locus picked it as the best original anthology published in 1972 It s probably for the best that The Last Dangerous Visions never appeared, because it simply could not have lived up to its hype What s sad is that the stories got bumped into that stillborn volume never had the opportunity to feed their author s careers aside from cover letters where they might have been listed as a sale The other sad part of the whole debacle is how it continually cast a cloud over Ellison s career, even until the very end.

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    It s been years since I ve read this, and I m still thinking about it This really raised some potent and hard hitting questions about gender roles and life in general Really wish this had been a whole novel.

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    I watched a TV documentary on Harlan Ellison recently, a larger than life writer who seems to put Hemingway and Hefner to shame His science fiction anthology Dangerous Visions was often mentioned in the program I could not get the book at the library by instead found Again, Dangerous Visions the sequel I believe even a third anthology was compiled due to its popularity at the time I read a dozen stories from the 46 presented in the sequel, and it gave me my dose of speculative, edgy fiction that was termed the new science fiction of the time.It was quaint reading SF written in the late sixties, where several of the predictions have now become science fact including propositions that children would sue their parents for improper upbringing, the frustrations of navigating the labyrinthine confines of a super department store in search of sexual aids some of these aids haven t been invented yet, I believe , executing children after the maximum two child limit had been reached didn t many unoficial executions take place in parts of the world where one child was the limit, leaving us with the legacy today of a nation of spoilt children Many of the writers juxtaposed between a few heavyweights like Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut Jr were newbies at the time, in their twenties and thirties, some being published for the first time in this anthology Ellison is generous in giving each writer a personally written copious introduction the most revealing parts of the book, I think and lots of praise, and affording each writer an afterword at the end of his her story Some writers needed the afterword as their stories were nt very coherent to me One writer actually said that he set out to confuse and frustrate the reader What happened to entertaining, educating and enlightening us Nevertheless, in an era when the Internet was still a closely guarded military secret, and online forms of shameless self promotion were not available to the writer, Ellison tirelessly goes out to beat the bushes on behalf of his authors, doing his bit to grow the next generation of SF writers, revealing frank stories about how he met his contributors, nutured them, browbeat them when required, and extracted their best work from them One writer was so overcome that she wrote Harlan a note back saying F you Harlan Ellison you don t know so goddam much She was still published and I m sure that than a few careers were made subsequently.What threw me off was the rough writing inelegant prose in exchange for mind bending premises It was hard to find a writer, perhaps Vonnegut was the exception, who combined clear prose with an intriguing premise Perhaps that is why 12 stories was enough for me.

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    Man, most of these stories are extremely bad Some of the standouts include the Le Guin and the Tiptree and the Hollis and perhaps the Vonnegut, but even then, man, I don t know There is one fun bagatelle about the legal implications of cryogenics that reads like droll sci fi Thackeray, and H.H Hollis story about LSD lawyering was also spry, but these do not justify the many many bad stories you will read Really, the only reason to read this collection is if you have any kind of fascination with the kinetic and utterly self involved world of seventies sci fi, a world that is rather dead now, and which was charming without ever actually being very relevant or producing any stand out writers I have such a fascination reading this collection was my own fault.There is a Piers Anthony story about a PARALLEL DIMENSION where all dairy products come from milking human women that is pretty jaw dropping and would make a great short film for Lars Von Trier perhaps, but which cannot be taken seriously on its own merits at all, no matter what dimension you are from Reading the explanation in the afterword of this piece, where it is explained that it is a parable about animal cruelty, I was uhunpersuadedthat it was not just an elaborate, disturbing, specific, jolly fucked up sex fantasy I liked it on that level, I guess, but DAMN who was this story for Now we have Smashwords for such dangerous visions, I guess.I like reading bad books, but I cannot recommend this to anyone unless you like journeying into REALMS OF THE MISGUIDED AND CRANKY AND SELF INDULGENT AND DEAD IN SPIRIT.

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    I have to say that this massive anthology of science fiction novellas and short stories completely blew me away in the early 1970 s I read this one before the original Dangerous Visions Editor author Harlan Ellison encouraged contributing writers to cut loose with their most daring and provocative ideas In so doing, he not only pushed the boundaries of what was being published in those days, he expanded his readers ideas of what was possible in the genre This book helped to kick off what I would say was the third great era of science fiction in the 1970s The first was its invention by Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, H G Wells, Doc Smith and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the second period, known as the Golden Era, began in the 1940 s with Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, etc Again, Dangerous Visions was also my introduction to Ursula Le Guin, who wrote The Word for the World is Forest I thought this was one of the most amazingly well written science fiction stories I had ever read.

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    Man, this was extremely disappointing Now, I know it s been a lot of years, but I have a hard time believing most of these stories were particularly dangerous or compelling even at the time There are a few standouts, but most of the stories are just vague, boring, or worst standard And Harlan Ellison drives me absolutely batty with his introductions there are a lot of sci fi writers I would love to hear talk about things, but I ve never read someone so full of grandiosity and empty promises.I guess the most damning thing I can say is that I don t even remember most of the stories I remember a lot of poor endings, particularly on stories that seemed to be building to something which didn t pay off I remember a few stories that seemed like deep Borges style stories, playing with reality somehow, but, upon examination, I couldn t make sense of them I don t know if that s me or just a bad story.Flipping back through the table of contents, here are the stories I can say something good about le Guin s story, The Word for World is Forest is good, but too drawn out offutt s For Value Received was excellently funny, although maybe not really sci fi Bryant s The 10 00 Report is Brought to You By was actually conceivably dangerous, telling about the exploitative nature of newscasting this was a good one Joanna Russ When It Changed was a nice little story about a planet populated only by women, but it s really a story about gender roles one of the few stories to really fit in such a volume Sherred s Bounty about regular people s capacity for vengeance and violence Hollis Stoned Council at least has an interesting premise, even if it s written in a fairly standard drug addled way that doesn t make it worth remembering, particularly Bernard Wolfe has two nice stories in here, neither of which really fit in the volume, and a rather long afterword about how terrible science fiction is this is, unfortunately, some of the best writing in the book Anthony s In the Barn seemed much dangerous when I read it a few years ago now it didn t seem nearly so, but certainly interesting and worthy of inclusion Gahan Wilson s story was original, at least in genre Benford s And the Sea Like Mirrors was one of the first I read It s well written, extremely compelling, and appears to be missing the finale Unfortunately, there s a lot of that in this book Burt Filer s Eye of the Beholder is probably the strongest entry, about a scientist and an artist who are studying the same thing, without realizing it It s a discussion of the boundaries between art and science, and what happens if one wins Tushnet s In Re Glover is a nice little story about the legal ramifications of cryogenics Blish s Getting Along is an exercise in genre, mimicking the writing styles of some classic scifi authors It s not a particularly excellent story, but it s fun to read and try to identify the authors in question Lupoff s With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama has an excellent setup, and an amazing use of language reminiscent of Clockwork Orange , but the finale doesn t really do the story justice.The rest of the stories are either entirely forgettable or bad And by forgettable, I mean that even picking up the book and skimming some sentences through the story, I can t remember it So that s like 15 stories worth mentioning out of a book of about 45 And, frankly, only a handful of those 15 are really worth remembering Add in Ellison s annoying essays, and I ve certainly read much better and dangerous collections.

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    This book has stories from several of my favorite authors so it pains me to say that it was absolutely awful.Harlan Ellison s introductions are snarky, pompous, and condescending and he wrote several page intros for each one I was thinking about reading some of his own books after this, but now I m not so sure.Everything about this sounds like it was written on panes of acid and not in a good or fascinating way The stories in here were previously unpublished, and it s clear why All good authors have throwaway stories.and Ellison has conveniently collected them in one giant volume.I m sorry, Kurt and Ray I never thought I would dislike so much anything that you guys were involved in I need an SF palate cleanser

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    Note Goodreads has merged my review of When it Changed by Joanna Russ with the larger anthology in which it once appeared.Russ says it best in her afterword stories about societies of women are often either power mad, sexually insatiable male fantasies or boring, unrealistic utopias Here Russ is mindful of the fact that women are people, and people build homes and families, make art, make love, get drunk and fight on Saturday night, piss off their neighbors, shelve their dreams to pay the bills, and every other activity on the spectrum of human possibility And that human texture fuels a very interesting first contact story about two cultures with very different assumptions.