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The most honored anthology of fantastic fiction ever published, featuring the works of such luminaries as Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Bloch, Philip K. Dick, Larry Niven, Fritz Leiber, Poul Anderson, Damon Knight, J.G. Ballard, John Brunner, Frederik Pohl, Roger Zelazny and Samuel Delany.



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xi • Foreword: Year 2002 (Dangerous Visions 35t

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Paperback, 35th anniversary, 592 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by iBooks (first published June 1967)
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Stephen
6.0 stars. This is one case in which THE HYPE DON'T LIE and the HUGENORMOUS helpings of hallelujahs heaped on Harlan (Ellison) have hardly been hyperbole. Sorry about that, but it was fun to write. Seriously though, this book's Andre the Giant-sized reputation of amazing had me thinking there was no way for me to end up anywhere but disappointmentville. Uh...I was WRONG. This anthology is every bit as delicious as its press would have you believe.

It's fair to say that this collection has reac...more
Bill
The best sf anthology ever. And I mean ever!


so it's been 45 years since this book was first published. i don't remember whether i read this when it came out in 1967 or whether it was a few years later. it doesn't really matter, all i know is the book had a massive impact on me and got me seriously interested in sf. in any event, it was a long time ago when i was just a teenager.

after i read this book, i read sf almost exclusively for quite a long time...maybe 15 years or so. then i gradually str...more
Manny
This daring, ground-breaking, iconoclastic anthology, edited by the great Harlan Ellison, came out in 1967. He encouraged the contributors to push the boundaries, expand the envelope, think the unthinkable and mention sex, religion, politics, sex, sex, and things like that. You know, the kind of stuff you wouldn't normally find in a short story that had passed John W. Campbell's desk on its way to a million pimply teenage SF fans. (Disclaimer: I was one of those fans, even though I wasn't quite...more
Werner
Mar 04, 2011 Werner marked it as started-and-not-finished
This was a book I started reading about a decade ago, at a time when I was interested in possibly developing a college-level course in science fiction. When that project fell through, I didn't have enough interest in this particular anthology to finish reading it; I was distinctly underwhelmed with most of the selections I did read (and with several more that I just skimmed or read partially). In keeping with some of the comments I exchanged recently with my friend Joy, though, I've decided that...more
Fungus Gnat
This is Ellison’s self-proclaimed revolution in SF, comprising 30-odd original stories by the big names, and big-names-to-be, in the field. The 35th anniversary edition (2002) begins with five written pieces of front matter—a fair sign of the importance attached to this volume, at least by Ellison. The first is a brief, useful if a bit overly congratulatory foreword by Michael Moorcock. The last is Ellison’s original introduction, which is a breezy, entertaining read. It is certainly far superio...more
Bondama
This book changed the entire direction of science fiction. As you probably know, Ellison wrote to all of his favorite authors, asking them to submit a short story or novella that previously they had not been able to publish (for various reasons . . political as well as erotic) He edited this book and "Again, Dangerous Visions" . The entire speculative fiction genre changed utterly. This is one important and magnificent book.
Ron
Three stars is a gift.

Typical 70s drivel: pro-drug, pro-sex, pro-anarchy, anti-establishment, anti-Christian, anti-military. Not science fiction so much as speculative fiction.

It all seemed so new and relevant then; now it seems like cold spit.

If you do read it, skip the introductions to each story. It's mostly Ellison sucking up to his buddies. DO READ the authors' afterwords. Several of them are insightful.
Jim
Harlan Ellison is one of the best SF short story writers around. He's also a very good editor & seems to know everyone in the field. Here he's collected the best of the best. He introduces every story quickly, concisely & often humorously. He's also included an afterword for each story by the author. I don't know that I've ever seen that before. It really works & between them, I got a lot more out of each story.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 05, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those Who Dig the Sixties, Man!
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction: Five Parsec Shelf
I bought this collection of 33 science fiction stories because it was recommended in A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction on its "5 Parsec Shelf" of the best books in the genre. Here's what it said about the book: Anthologies, no matter how excellent, have seldom had enough impact to be "classics." But the first Dangerous Visions, edited by Ellison, was not only a wonderful sampling of the writers working in the exciting late '60s, it revolutionized science fiction in the matter of attacking more...more
Paul
Mar 02, 2012 Paul marked it as sf-anthologies-to-finish
The all time "most controversial" science fiction collection from ye olde Summer of Love 1967 - will this stand the test of time? It doesn't help that Harlan Ellison is wizard in this particular Oz, I can't really stand him, he's like a yappy guy in a bar claiming to have done ten frankly impossible things and daring you to call him a liar.
Scott
Some of these stories might still be considered dangerous today in religious circles--but then what isn't? I'd have been happy if they were simply interesting.

There are stories in here of such rambling incoherency that I'm thankful I missed the sixties. Some are reactionary, some are silly. Larry Niven is afraid that if organ transplants become common practice, people will be given the death penalty for minor, petty crimes in order to augment resources. Sturgeon's story takes thirty pages to get...more
Mark
There are some books out there whose reputations often exceed the content of the book itself. Many people, even those who don’t read SF, have heard of Frank Herbert’s Dune, for example, or Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 (that’s the novel, not the film.)

In SF circles, Dangerous Visions is one of those that many know of by reputation but these days have rarely read. It was the Gone with the Wind of SF anthologies when it was first published in 1967. Like the film Gone with the Wind before its release, th...more
Gil
Ellison's watershed anthology was strong stuff when first published in 1967, and it still packs a wallop. Lots of amazing stories in here, and in the 1972 sequel, AGAIN, DANGEROUS VISIONS (which includes a couple of short novels).

It is a great pity that we will probably never see the long-promised THE LAST DANGEROUS VISIONS. As one of the few privileged to read Volume 1 of this massive assemblage, I can confidently say that if Ellison hadn't had writer's block on doing the introductions, this wo...more
Nicholas Armstrong
No kidding dangerous. This isn't a collection of short-stories for the faint of heart. It literally is dangerous stories. These are stories that no one wanted to publish, whether because of their horrifying, graphic, or theological statements. As such, it is remarkably fascinatiing.

The stories are imaginative to a degree that I've not seen often. The stories are evil. These are stories you hate to love and do anyway. They are naughty and terrible and well-written. It is precisely because they a...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This book was decidedly one of hot and cold. there are stories in it that have remained with me over the entire thirty some years since I first read it. They run the gamut from self destructive anthropologists to strange visions of what we may breed ourselves into in some Science Fiction future.

I will say that I like some and found some quite disturbing. of course some were just "there" and passed almost without notice. I don't remember the anthology as extremely outstanding and let it pass fro...more
Jim
At the time of it's publication the themes embraced by most of the outstanding stories collected here were certainly dangerous to air in the public eye. Today, with taboo walls asunder, the outrageousness is diminished. That's not to say this is not an outstanding anthology. It most certainly is, and I imagine only a Harlan Ellison could have made it happen. For those serious about top-shelf, risky writing this is a must-read. (I have to admit to one exception here - Roger Zelazny's story has no...more
Matthew Lippart
I had never read this collection before, but had heard good to great things about it, so eagerly dived in. First impressions? Loved most of the stories but (and this might be unique to the edition I had) holy crap was everyone full of themselves or what? MY version had FOUR introductions to the collection, plus an intro to every story, plus author comments right after the story ended. At first I dutifully was reading through the introductory bits, but many of them were longer than the stories, a...more
Rrain
I've read several of these stories before, in other venues and other collections, but I've never read the entire book which is something I always meant to do. So this isn't about the individual stories—several of which are excellent—but about the book as a unit and as a product of its time. 1967 is nearly fifty years ago now.

It's easy these days to see science fiction authors as part of a community—it's a visible thing online and very much a part of the culture. It was always a part of the cultu...more
Paul Guthrie
Reread this for the first time since it first came out - when i thought it was awesome. Several of the stories (all classics) are still great, but some seem dated, and for the best of reasons. It's no longer startling to discover that the protagonist is gay, for example. I also find that I've lost my taste for short, clever stories - l prefer more depth now. Still, it's a classic and it changed the definition of what could be done in speculative fiction - just as Ellison intended.
Tom Lichtenberg
What was 5 stars in my teens is only 3 stars decades later. The seemed to me like a lot of those noodly guitar solos in sixties rock n roll shows. heavy, man, heavy, but not holding up so great over time.
Chris
This book is at least half as great as Harlan Ellison® thinks it is. It is by no means a collection of perfect stories, but it is one of those rare works that both has immediate impact on a genre and has the legs to still be interesting 47 years on (and still counting).

I'll start with a consideration of the importance of the collection a herald of New Wave SF or the inflection point between "old" and "new" SF. I'm not a historian of the genre, but I have read SF from before 67 that pushed the ge...more
Pete Guion
I found this to be an interesting book. Originally published in the late 60's, I can see how some of the visions of these stories might be considered 'dangerous' in some form or another. However, I think there are plenty of better short story collections than this one. I think it is worth reading if for nothing else than some variety, though.
Marvin
Do I need to say it? Dangerous Visions is and remains the greatest original science fiction anthology ever. It was amazing then and it still does not lose any of its impact today. Lots of great stories here but the main impact for me was the introduction to Philip K Dick through the story, "Faith of our Fathers".
John Ayliff
The 2012 Gollancz SF Masterworks edition of Dangerous Visions includes no fewer than six pieces of front-matter: an introduction to the new edition by Adam Roberts; a foreword by Michael Moorcock and an introduction by Harlan Ellison from 2002; and the original 1967 front-matter, two forewords by Isaac Asimov and an introduction by Ellison. Seeing these on the contents page, one gets the impression that this is not a mere short story collection but a historical document, to be published and re-p...more
Greg of A2
One of the truly influential works in modern science fiction (though Harlan preferred the term "Speculative Fiction" at the time). There are so many terrific and unique stories in here and they are only enhanced by Harlan's intros (as only he can write).
Brian Steed
A very mixed bag. Some of the stories I can’t imagine to have been “dangerous” even at the time of their publication in the mid-sixties. Lots of good, imaginative stories though.
Bruce
THE CLASSIC anthology of sf stories that stretch the boundaries of the genre. More experimental and thought-provoking than most of the SF that is published today.
John
A classic collection for a reason! This is the SF anthology by which all other SF anthologies measure themselves.
Gail
Sci-fi that is more on the edge and weird, some of it is enjoyable, some of it, not so much...
Jim
This collection of short stories marks my first venture into the “New Wave” science fiction of the 60s.

The stories were a mixed bag, in my view. A few, I really liked; many just made me shrug. Several seemed just plain silly. Two bugged me so much that I couldn’t finish them. My three favorites were probably “Evensong” (Lester del Rey), “A Toy for Juliette” (Robert Bloch), and the brutal “Go, Go, Go Said the Bird” (Sonya Dorman). Other standouts include “Flies” (Robert Silverberg), “The Malley...more
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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...more
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