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Dangerous Visions

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,598 ratings  ·  331 reviews
The most honored anthology of fantastic fiction ever published:
Foreword 1—The 2nd Revolution Isaac Asimov
Foreword 2—Harlan & I Isaac Asimov
Thirty-Two Soothsayers Harlan Ellison
Evensong Lester del Rey
Flies Robert Silverberg
The Day After the Day the Martians Came Frederik Pohl
Riders of the Purple Wage Philip José Farmer
The Malley System Miriam Allen deFord
A Toy for Juliette
Mass Market Paperback, 514 pages
Published January 1975 by New American Library (first published October 1967)
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Maire I am pretty sure it is Heinlein. Heinlein submitted a short story about a true story in a hospital during war time. Ellison said it is not science fic…moreI am pretty sure it is Heinlein. Heinlein submitted a short story about a true story in a hospital during war time. Ellison said it is not science fiction. I found the story online (sorry Heinlein's heirs) and I have to agree with Ellison. A story about something that actually happened in the past is not Science Fiction.(less)
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Kevin Kelsey
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Something clicked in my head when I turned thirty; I started devouring older science fiction stories. I was an avid reader during my teens, but I read very little during my twenties for whatever reason. I think I suddenly realized how many valuable novels and stories and how much interesting history and perspective I missed out on throughout my twenties. Catching up for lost time became a real priority in my thirties.

The Golden Age science fiction stories of the thirties, fortie
Paul Bryant
A masochistic box-ticking exercise for me, I just had to find out what this big monster was all about. It was designed to be ultra-controversial, radical, taboo-busting and revolutionary, printing all the bad-ass stories no respectable sf editors would touch with the nosecone of their grandmother’s old rocket. Described by one critic as :

Without a doubt the best and most important single anthology of original sf work ever to appear

I found two great stories ("The Jigsaw Man" by Larry Niven and "T
Glenn Russell

If any anthology of short stories written by multiple authors qualifies as a classic, it is Harlan Ellison's 1967 Dangerous Visions, a collection of 33 previously unpublished, highly swingin' 60s original, high dangerous to the status quo tales from what has since become widely known as New Wave Science Fiction with such authors as Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard, Samuel R. Delany, Theodore Sturgeon, and Brian W. Aldiss.

The updated 2011 SF Masterworks edition is the one to read since it not only in
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
Rachel (Kalanadi)
I have few positive things to say about this anthology. So here goes.

I don't like Harlan Ellison at all; I ended up skipping most of the story introductions (they were unnecessary anyway). Everything I had ever heard about the man made it sound like he was an egotistical, arrogant, vicious little asshole, who wrote good stuff but will be remembered mostly for being a vicious little asshole. (And that is sad and regrettable). And I'm only writing this in a public place because I feel safe doing s
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Harlan Ellison (trademarked) managed to create something special here with his wish to break SF out of the 50s and into the 60s and onward.

Just like with any other anthology, there will be good stories, bad stories, excellent stories and terrible stories, but this anthology deserves its cult status with the larger number of good stories. With this collection of Authors it was kind of inevitable. Unfortunately not all of them aged very well, or better yet some of them are nothing special now (th
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2008 marked it as started-and-not-finished  ·  review of another edition
Note, April 2, 2020: Usually, I don't do any significant editing of a review that already has "likes." In this case, however, I decided it was necessary. My evaluations of the merits of the book and the individual stories remain the same; but I've come to feel that they were sometimes expressed in language that was unkind. I've edited the review below to express the same opinions more kindly.

This was a book I started reading about a decade ago, at a time when I was interested in possibly develop
Oleksandr Zholud
This is an anthology of all-new (as for 1967) short works of speculative fiction, one of the most prominent collections in SF. The editor, Harlan Ellison, asked a lot of famous and not-so-famous authors to send him their stories, too ‘dangerous’ to be published in magazines I read is as a part of monthly reading in January 2020 at The Evolution of Science Fiction group.

There is the list of works with concise notion what was assumed dangerous about them and slightly longer reviews of more promin
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. ...more
(Adjusted rating down, Sep 28, 2018)

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.
What a great read. Dangerous Visions is one of the must reads for well read Science Fiction fans. Harlan Ellison created a masterpiece at the beginning of the 1960's Science Fiction revolution and this collection was one of the great achievements of the period. 33 stories and not one is a miss. 7 of the stories are Hugo and Nebula winners and 13 of them are nominated. The tying vision is that the author wrote a story for the anthology that is somehow dangerous as the author sees it. Harlan Ellis ...more
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
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely required reading for those seeking to understand or at least sample the zeitgeist of the late 60's New Wave SF movement. Reading this as a teen in the 80's was a bit unfortunate. Wish I could have read it at the height of its time, when these stories really were Dangerous Visions. ...more
Leo Robertson
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While there are amazing stories within (Philip Jose Farmer's was my favourite- makes me want to say something corny about Joyce and acid. Then something meta-cutesy about Joyce being Joyce on acid), the real joy is found in the intros and outros. Especially the outros, because a lot of these stories are pretty incomprehensible, and it's cool at the end to have the author say 'I was thinking about ABC so I had to write this story' and you're like 'Ohhhh... You shoulda just said that!'

[If you're w
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 out 5

This is a great anthology, there are some really amazing stories in here. but sadly, most of them haven't aged well at all. Some of the stories are very experimental, that makes them kind of difficult to read sometimes, at least for me. I got lost several times.


-The Man Who Went to the Moon — Twice
-Lord Randy, My Son
-Faith of Our Fathers
-Land of the Great Horses
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
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****1/2 All of the criticisms that have been thrown at this book are admittedly legitimate, but as someone who is obsessed with the history of SF this was a fascinating and invaluable read for me. Sure the stories are hit and miss, the “shocking content” is either underwhelming or legitimately still in bad taste, but for a peek at the edgier, more experimental aspects of the SF community of the 1960s this was great. For some the plentitude of intros and afterwords are excessive and some readers ...more
Linda Robinson
Read this in anticipation of the new biography of Ellison coming soon, and I'm glad I did because now I don't have to buy an early limited edition of it. I was reading sf in 1967, but not this stuff. Speculative perhaps. Dangerous maybe. But the misogynistic, racist, patriarchal, elitist babble was too much all in one book. As near as I can make out, what we could anticipate in 1967 for the near and far future is comeuppance. You like violence? Here's what'll happen if that continues. Revenge fa ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
More like Desperate Visions From the Editor's Buddies, But Mostly Deluded Vainglory from the Editor Himself, Though a Few Stories are Pretty Good, Especially Toward the End. And Three Women.

Reading Chris Priest's account of the never-to-be-seen Last Dangerous Visions is most satisfying after slogging through Ellison's introductory spew.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evensong LESTER DEL REY ****
The Day After the Day the Martians Came FREDERIK POHL ***
Riders of the Purple Wage PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER *****
The Malley System MIRIAM ALLEN DEFORD ***
A Toy for Juliette ROBERT BLOCH *****
The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World HARLAN ELLISON ***
The Night That All Time Broke Out BRIAN W. ALDISS ***
The Man Who Went to the Moon - Twice HOWARD RODMAN ***
Faith of Our Fathers PHILIP K. DICK ****
The Jigsaw Man LARRY NIVEN ***
Gonna Roll the
Charles Haywood
“Dangerous Visions” is a semi-legendary compilation of science fiction stories, originally published in 1967, most of them written by legendary science fiction authors. The compilation features both the stories themselves, and for each an introduction and postscript by Harlan Ellison (himself legendary). There is also a longer set of introductions, forwards, etc., at the beginning of the book, including new ones written in 2002 to celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of this tedious, silly boo ...more
David B
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Harlan Ellison's ground-breaking 60s SF anthology for which he invited writers to explore "dangerous" themes that were generally considered taboo at that time. Even now, many of these tales still retain the capacity to shock. Like most anthologies, the quality of the content is uneven, but the overall result is elevated by Ellison's story introductions, the afterwords to each story by the writers themselves, and the general sense that one is reading a serious attempt to push the genre in ...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
Incompatibly dark or outdated for me.

Yet two stories did grip my heart:

- Joe L Hensley's "Lord Randy, My Son"

- Theodore Sturgeon's "If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?"

Both made me look for anything written by their authors (and resume my love affair with Sturgeon :).

Oh! And I adored Ellison's intros--the passion and the fury, wow! The trivia and the jokes too... :D
Glen Engel-Cox
I had already started a reread of Dangerous Visions before hearing of the recent death of its editor, Harlan Ellison, partly because it had passed a half century since its release and I wanted to see how well it had stood the test of time. The other reason was that I had started writing short stories again and thought reading some classics would be a useful background in structure and form, especially the experimental ones from the New Wave time period.

Dangerous Visions was quite celebrated at t
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Harlan Jay Ellison was 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/writ

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