so it's been 45 years since this book was first published. i don't remember whether i read this when it caThe 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 strayed away from it for various reasons, and eventually stopped reading sf altogether. just in the last year or so, i have been getting back into it, and really enjoying it for the most part, reading both classic sf from long ago, and finding out that there are some really great new sf authors that i was completely unfamiliar with.
so then i decided i would go back to the book that started it all for me and re-read Dangerous Visions.keep in mind that this book is regarded by many (including me) as the finest sf anthology ever published. it has garnered many honors, and been in print constantly for over 40 years. all of the stories were, at the time, considered to be truly ground-breaking and cutting edge stuff.
so it was with some trepidation that i started reading it again. keep in mind that most of the authors in this anthology are now dead. in fact ellison himself is almost 80 years old. so i was considerably worried that the stories would seem dated, and not have anywhere near the impact on me that they did the first time around. i needn't have worried, the stories were all just as fresh and cutting edge as if they had been written in the last year instead of 45 years ago.
so, it's still the best sf anthology ever written, and if i was going to be marooned on an island and was only allowed one book, this would be it. it's that good.
and by the way, the sequel Again, Dangerous Visions is very close to being just as good. Unfortunately, it would appear that the infamous last dangerous visions is never going to appear, as it was first going to be published in 1973 and has yet to see the light of day.
so, if you haven't read this book and you are even remotely a fan of sf, i strongly urge you to rush out, buy it, and read it immediately. i promise you won't be disappointed. and if you have never tried sf, you should definitely read it as well. you may well find it opens whole new worlds for you, like it did for me....more
this wonderful book covers pretty much the whole history of the fictional town of stay more, where harington's novels are set.
he must have thought atthis wonderful book covers pretty much the whole history of the fictional town of stay more, where harington's novels are set.
he must have thought at the time that he was done with the story, because he didn't write another novel for 11 years. i, for one, am truly thankful that he eventually decided to revisit stay more, because i am so looking forward to reading the rest of his novels.
i owe my knowledge of the existence of harington entirely to karen, so i strongly advise you to read her review of this book, which is much better than anything i could say.
all i know is that harington was a mighty fine writer, and the world is a lesser place without him in it....more