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Again, Dangerous Visions, first published in 1972, 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 46 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 b ...more
Hardcover, Book Club Edition, 830 pages
Published 1972 by Doubleday
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Marvin
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-
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Shane
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 fi ...more
Miracle Jones
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 ...more
J.
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 promise ...more
Chris
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 ...more
Theresa
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 au
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Erin Cataldi
I won't lie, I only read several of the short stories in this collection. When I heard that it contained Bradbury and Vonnegut, I knew I had to pick up this bad boy! If I had time I would have read many more of the awesome stories in here, but since I had to get this inter-library loaned I can't renew it (sad panda). I really enjoy that the editor, Harlan Ellison, wrote a nice little introduction about each author and story, it was a nice little touch. The cover art is also trippy and totally co ...more
jersey9000
If you read my review of Dangerous Visions, than you know what my main problems with the book were. That continues here but I managed to lessen my annoyance by skipping all the intro/post intro/outro/post outro stuff and just read the stories- that totally helped.

It is hard to rate this book, and I have to admit I came away a bit disappointed. Maybe it's a case of sequalitis, but I just found myself a bit bored with this one. Most of the stories didn't have much impact on me, and I am having a h
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Erik Graff
Apr 04, 2008 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all sf readers & all interested in trying the genre
Recommended to Erik by: Harlan Ellison
Shelves: sf
This is quite as good as Harlan Ellison's 1969 anthology, Dangerous Visions.
Buck Ward
Once, I really liked short stories, but now, not so much, I guess. Or maybe it was just these particular short stories. I read Dangerous Visions not too long ago and it was okay. I got Again, Dangerous Visions mostly because it contained Ursula K. Le Guin's novella The Word for World is Forest, which is wonderful. But on the whole, Again, Dangerous Visions missed its mark.

Again, Dangerous Visions is a voluminous anthology. It contains stories by many well known science fiction writers of the day
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Scott
As with the first volume, there are some very good stories, some average ones, and a whole lot that made me wonder what Ellison had in his pipe when he was assembling this anthology.

I'll just talk about some of the ones I liked.

A pair of stories by Bernard Wolfe, under the collective title "Monitored Dreams and Strategic Cremations." The first of these, "The Bisquit Position," is probably the most dangerous story in the volume, even today. Just try criticizing the military and see what happens.
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Jim Cherry
I read “Dangerous Visions” when I was 20 or 21 and Harlan Ellison’s introductions impressed upon me. As an aspiring writer it was educational to read of how the writers came up with their ideas and of course there were the stories that were of a remarkable quality. “Again, Dangerous Visions” impresses for completely different reasons.

“Again, Dangerous Visions” was published in 1971 and these stories impress for their explorations of changing moralities which demonstrate that if there is an equal
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Michael O.
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Raj
This volume follows Dangerous Visions, Ellison's earlier anthology, with the same mission statement: to allow writers to spread their wings and write something too dangerous to be published in the mainstream SF publications of the day. This volume was even bigger than the first one, containing 46 stories, each preceded by a foreword by the editor and followed by an afterword by the author, meaning you certainly get value for money.

There were fewer big names in this volume, suggesting that some o
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/987086.html[return][return]This is the famous follow-up volume to the even more famous Dangerous Visions; an anthology of 41 stories, mainly by the leading lights of sf as it was in 1972, with vast amounts of prefatory material by editor Harlan Ellison and an afterword from each author, and nice art from Ed Emshwiller introducing each story.[return][return]But what is striking is how unmemorable and self-indulgent most of the stories are (also true of Ellison's long-wi ...more
Scott
Very good anthology but a little dated. What was edgy in 1972 is sometimes a bit quaint today. However, much of the material in this book is more timeless, and all of it is still worth reading. Stories range in quality from fair to excellent. Hugo Award winner "The Word for World is Forest" by Ursula K. LeGuin and Nebula winner "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ are especially worth noting; they were probably my favorite pieces and worthy of a five-star rating. In the four-star range are stories b ...more
Alex
This book is probably why I read so much science fiction and fantasy. I remember being twelve and sitting on the floor of my school's library shocked and entranced by it's stories, unlike anything else I'd ever read (mainly that one where the guy goes to the planet and finds out that their main export, milk, is produced by genetically altered women-cows. That left a mark).

Years latter I found a copy to own in a second hand store. Oddly enough I've never found, in library or shop, the first volum
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Simon
I read the original Dangerous Visions many years ago, so maybe my memory of it is a little hazy, but this sequel seems unnecessarily long (over 800 pages) and with a larger proportion of opaque, pretentious nonsense. Plus, editor Harlan Ellison's introductions to each story all seem determined to convinve us that every writer is the Greatest Writer IN THE WORLD, and the we should be honoured to have the privilege of reading their story.
Having said that, there is some good stuff here, notably the
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Paul Dickey
Oh what a beast. It took me forever to get through this book. I am a big Harlan Ellison fan but this is not Harlan Ellison. Dangerous Visions was very good enjoyed it a lot, this seemed more of a sequel for sequel sake. I cannot in good conscience recommend this book to anyone since it would seem like assigning them a chore or a work program. I'm not saying it is all bad, but there is more bad than good. One was so bad I could not finish it. Dangerous Vision broke new ground when it was released ...more
Robert Slaven
If you know who Harlan Ellison is, and if you can imagine the types of stories he'd choose for an anthology, then you'll love this. If you don't know Ellison or don't like him, and if you don't enjoy reading stories that are Right Out There On The Edge, then you may want to stay far, far away. He doesn't call them "Dangerous Visions" for nothing. It's been too long since I read it (I hope I still have my copy in a box somewhere), so I can't point to any specific stories that really hit me. But i ...more
Bryn Hammond
Ah yes. These must have been what they set out to be. They're a legend, so never mind, except, I think I found James Tiptree Jr here, who was my number one sf writer for ages (along with Delany, also championed by Harlan Ellison in these books: he tells you the stories he has from those two are Great stories and he isn't wrong, so there).
I seem to have been much more enthusiastic about the stories in 'Again, Dangerous' - I think the books got better, bolder (aside from Delany, in the earlier).
Bradley
This is a tome! And a damn good one at that. The best part of this collection is the non-mainstreamness and unorthodoxy of it. There are some famous authors featured and some not-so-famous ones. The collection is fun and contemplative aside from a few clunkers.
Allan
Read this many years ago when it was new and cutting edge. However, most these are illustrative that SF as a genre or community of writing is capable of more than space opera and gadget stories. My favorite from the collection is "Funeral" by Kate Wilhelm. It's a definitive collection of US 'new wave' writers. My copy lacks a bookcover, hangs head ashamed. Rereading in 3014 for the LeGuin story.
Craig
Still one the best original sf anthologies ever, with terrific stories by Ursula K. LeGuin and many others. My favorite is still Richard Lupoff's "With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama." Ellison's long introductions are the best thing about it. In the introduction it is promised that THE LAST DANGEROUS VISIONS will appear six months after this volume; many people remain hopeful.
Geoff Smith
I liked: some of the stories- Le Guin, Koontz, Benfield, Bradbury and a few others.

I was interested by some of the premises - there is a great story near the end with a 'comic book' inspiration that I really loved.

I was disappointed that so many of these stories seemed really dated in terms of style and content.

Interesting, but I doubt I'd read another.


Craig
A disappointment after the original anthology, but worth the price alone for the brilliant 'The Word for World is Forest'.
Albert
A mammoth achievement of speculative fiction. ADV is even better than its predecessor and makes it all the worse that The Last Dangerous Visions has not been published (over 40 years after it was promised). Overall, my tastes matched up with Ellison's and I really enjoyed his introductions. I was surprised to find several authors here I already read in ADV
L.
I think lots of people know this anthology isn't as good as the first. Still better than The Last Dangerous Visions though. Lots of not too good stories here. Bernard Wolfe supplies good booze, or something perhaps, to get two stories. Only a bit over a 3 average here.
Freder
When you're trying as hard to push the envelope as Harlan was with this anthology, it's inevitable that the results will be mixed. There's much genius to be found in these pages, but also stories that will just make you wrinkle your nose.
MB Taylor
Great SF anthology; read it sometime in the 70s (?) when the SFBC released it. Should read it again and see if the stories are as 'dangerous' as they were then. Still remember "In the Barn" by Piers Anthony before Xanth.
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Harlan Jay Ellison is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, teleplays, essays, and criticism.

His literary and television work has received many awards. He wrote for the original series of both The Outer Limits and Star Trek as well as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour; edited the multiple-award-winning short story anthology series Dangerous Visions; and served as creative consultant/write
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