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Dangerous Visions is a landmark in science fiction, one that can proudly stand against those literary snobs who look down their nose at the genre (Antony Jones SFBOOKREVIEWS blog)
One of the most influential anthologies of all time returns to print, as relevant now as when it was first published.See all Product description
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I treasured it and re-read it many times and so I was delighted to see a one volume re-issue here on Amazon.
The contents are;
FOREWORD: YEAR 2002
by Michael Moorcock
by Lester del Rey
by Robert Silverberg
THE DAY AFTER THE DAY THE MARTIANS CAME:
THE DAY AFTER THE DAY THE MARTIANS CAME
by Frederik Pohl
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE WAGE:
RIDERS OF THE PURPLE WAGE
or The Great Gavage
by Philip José Farmer
THE MALLEY SYSTEM:
THE MALLEY SYSTEM
by Miriam Allen deFord
A TOY FOR JULIETTE:
A TOY FOR JULIETTE
by Robert Bloch
THE PROWLER IN THE CITY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD:
THE PROWLER IN THE CITY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
by Harlan Ellison
THE NIGHT THAT ALL TIME BROKE OUT:
THE NIGHT THAT ALL TIME BROKE OUT
by Brian W. Aldiss
THE MAN WHO WENT TO THE MOON--TWICE:
THE MAN WHO WENT TO THE MOON--TWICE
by Howard Rodman
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS:
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS
by Philip K. Dick
THE JIGSAW MAN:
THE JIGSAW MAN
by Larry Niven
GONNA ROLL THE BONES:
GONNA ROLL THE BONES
by Fritz Leiber
LORD RANDY, MY SON:
LORD RANDY, MY SON
by Joe L. Hensley
by Poul Anderson
A PAIR OF BUNCH:
INCIDENT IN MODERAN
by David R. Bunch
by David R. Bunch
by James Cross
SEX AND/OR MR. MORRISON:
SEX AND/OR MR. MORRISON
by Carol Emshwiller
SHALL THE DUST PRAISE THEE?:
SHALL THE DUST PRAISE THEE?
by Damon Knight
IF ALL MEN WERE BROTHERS, WOULD YOU LET ONE MARRY YOUR SISTER?:
IF ALL MEN WERE BROTHERS, WOULD YOU LET ONE MARRY YOUR SISTER?
by Theodore Sturgeon
WHAT HAPPENED TO AUGUSTE CLAROT?:
WHAT HAPPENED TO AUGUSTE CLAROT?
by Larry Eisenberg
by Henry Slesar
GO, GO, GO, SAID THE BIRD:
GO, GO, GO, SAID THE BIRD
by Sonya Dorman
THE HAPPY BREED:
THE HAPPY BREED
by John T. Sladek
ENCOUNTER WITH A HICK:
ENCOUNTER WITH A HICK
by Jonathan Brand
FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE:
FROM THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
by Kris Neville
LAND OF THE GREAT HORSES:
LAND OF THE GREAT HORSES
by R. A. Lafferty
by J. G. Ballard
by John Brunner
TEST TO DESTRUCTION:
TEST TO DESTRUCTION
by Keith Laumer
by Norman Spinrad
by Roger Zelazny
AYE, AND GOMORRAH . . .:
AYE, AND GOMORRAH . . .
by Samuel R. Delany
Each story has something to offer and any fans of horror, science fiction or weird fiction will love this.
I do hope this edition is successful enough that "Again, Dangerous Visions" is also re-released and I would love someone to finally put out the planned but unpublished third volume "The Last Dangerous Visions".
Ellison's intention was to create the first wholly original SF anthology, and one which, by dropping the censorship restrictions of the magazine market, would show the maturity and daring in both form and content which the genre had achieved by the mid-sixties. This was partly done because it was a good idea, and partly as a thumbed nose to the serious literary world, which then as now had a rather disdainful view of genre fiction. The full story is told in Ellison's introduction, which also explains why it all ended up being way, way bigger than anyone had originally expected.
That's partly because it's not just full of stories. Ellison's copious editorial material, the afterwords to each story by the authors, not one but two why-the-hell-not prefaces from Isaac Asimov (and Ellison's response), and the excellent illustrations all add to the book's length. They also create its rollicking, carnivalesque feel and uniquely sixties sense of optimism. For a book that prides itself on "danger", it's a remarkably upbeat read.
The stories themselves vary widely in style, content and quality: there are no stinkers, a few classics, several award-winners and a few that don't stay in your memory. Some, inevitably, have dated a bit, but not as many or as much as you might think. Many very big names from the era are present, including Anderson, Farmer, Aldiss, Leiber, Ballard, Pohl, Sturgeon, Dick, Spinrad, Niven, Laumer, Delany, Zelazny, Silverberg and Ellison himself. I don't normally single out "best" stories when discussing anthologies, as individual tastes in these things vary so much, but the understated wisdom of Pohl's "The Day After The Day The Martians Came" has stayed with me for decades, Delany's "Aye, and Gomorrah..." says all you'll ever need to know about the cult of the celebrity, and Sturgeon's "If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?" has the best title. David Bunch's "Moderan" stories are the most audacious literary efforts, darkly ironic fabulations with a heart of pure steel.
There was some controversy at the time as to whether the book was really as "dangerous" as the large amounts of accompanying hype, much of it fomented by the editor, suggested. Although it's widely cited as a "New Wave" book, some of the stories and contributors certainly fall way outside that admittedly vague (sic) umbrella. It was often suggested that the contemporary work in the UK's "New Worlds" magazine, edited by Michael Moorcock, was far bolder in terms of both content and literary inventiveness. That's almost certainly true, though ironically the argument would have been less strong if the story Ballard's agent submitted, "The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered As A Downhill Motor Race", had ever reached Ellison. It didn't, and the "replacement", "The Recognition", is one of Ballard's weakest stories, prompting some in the Moorcock camp to criticise Ellison's timidity. Ellison's side of the story is told in the 1972 follow-up, "Again, Dangerous Visions".
"Again, Dangerous Visions" is a better (and even longer) book, and one which comes much closer to fulfilling the promises made by the original volume. But it's less of an event than the first book, which, nearly 50 years on, still conveys exuberance, fun and energy. Is "Sgt Pepper" really a great album? Maybe, maybe not. But it's a great experience, with amazing moments. And "Dangerous Visions", the "Sgt. Pepper" of SF, is one of SF's greatest experiences, and if at least some of its amazing moments don't dazzle you, nothing will.
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