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Dangerous Visions (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 9 Feb 2012
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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)
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Many of the stories were written to have some shock value. This is inevitably less so when they are read today, though by no means entirely lacking. There is some variation in story quality and no doubt even more in the reactions to each story by individual readers. Several of the stories won major awards in the SF field and it remains an interesting and varied collection with some top quality pieces.
For me personally the following are the stand-put stories. “Gonna Roll the Bones” by Fritz Leiber features a strange and macabre game of craps between Joe Slattermill, a miner, and a professional gambler who may be Death incarnate. “Auto-da-Fe” by Roger Zelazny concerns a future version of a bullfight where a “mechador” fights cars with electronic brains. "Aye, and Gomorrah" by Samuel Delany features a future in which space pilots are neutered before puberty to avoid the affects of cosmic radiation on the reproductive cells, producing androgynous beings who are objects of sexual fetish for a particular subculture. Other excellent stories in the anthology include the contributions by Robert Silverberg and Philip K. Dick. The best story by a British author is for me "The Recognition" by J. G. Ballard. Another notable and award-winning contribution is "Riders of the Purple Wage" by Philip José Farmer.
I would recommend this anthology, especially to anyone interested in the New Wave SF writing of the 60s and 70s.
It is a collection of short stories by all the well known sci/fi writers of the 60s and 70s.
Each story is introduced by Harlan, and though I find the information interesting,I do feel the intros are too long and a bit self indulgent.
The stories vary wildly,as you would expect from this group.
There are a few stories that will stay with me forever and some I have already forgotten.
If you a sci/fi fan,there is something for everyone in this compilation.
Horror,humour and excitement, are all there.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something unusual and entertaining.
Anyone who reads SF has heard of this anthology. First published in 1967, it's the literary equivalent of films like Psychedelia: a great many big names appearing early in their careers. Larry Niven, Philip K Dick, Poul Anderson, Theodore Sturgeon, John Sladek. I recently started reading SF again and hadn't heard many of these names since my childhood.
It's fair to say this book was the "Sopranos" of SF: it took an established genre and shook it up, making people reconsider what they thought SF was. All these stories are idea-driven, genuine explorations of what happens when mankind and his technology develop in ways these writers imagine.
Only one of Ellison's own stories appears (The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World) but you can "hear" his voice in other stories, since they influenced many later careers. Perhaps this book and the Gardner Dozois anthologies are all you need to read the best work ever in short-form SF.
Harlan Ellison is one of the best science fiction and fantasy short story writers, and I've bought every nook he's written. There was a lot of hype when this book was published; it contained short works by well-established and much less well-known authors, all with the remit of producing a story which challenge conventional views of the world.
Standouts are Robert Bloch's and Ellison's takes on the Jack the Ripper story; Philip Jose Farmer's "Riders of the Purple Wage" and Theodore Sturgeon's wonderfully titled "If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?"
Well worth buying, but don't expect to be as shocked in 2013 as some were in 1967.