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Again, Dangerous Visions

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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
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Published April 1st 2014 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (first published March 17th 1972)
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Jan 25, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This copy is signed by Harlan Ellison .
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-
Glen Engel-Cox
Sometime between the first Dangerous Visions anthology and the second, Harlan Ellison jumped the shark. Perhaps in those four years, he started to believe his own hype. It is true that the first anthology did seem to set a fire under a number of writers, both old and new, to experiment and try new things, and it happened because Ellison championed it. But in the preparation of the second volume, Ellison took on much more than a simple championing role—he became a dangerous vision of himself.

Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
It's been years since I've read this, and I'm still thinking about it. This really raised some potent and hard-hitting questions about gender roles and life in general. Really wish this had been a whole novel. ...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
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I set myself up to read 100 books this year and then give myself this doorstopper in December. Smart, self.

Some day I'll find a copy of "Dangerous Visions" which is what I was recommended to read and why I picked up its sequel. The introductions frequently reference a third volume called "Last Dangerous Visions" but it doesn't appear to have been made, or if made, didn't have that title.

The premise of the collection is "Stories too taboo for traditional markets." And I suppose taboos were
Ernest Hogan
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a good part of my senior year of high school (1973) I carried a copy around with my notebook, sneaking reads when I could. It did more to prepare me for the future I would soon be living in than all my boring classes. It would deeply disturb today's high schoolers, but it would do them a lot of good. Age-appropriate is for losers. ...more
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Feld
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: Goodreads has merged my review of "When it Changed" by Joanna Russ with the larger anthology in which it once appeared.

Russ says it best in her afterword: stories about societies of women are often either power-mad, sexually insatiable male fantasies or boring, unrealistic utopias. Here Russ is mindful of the fact that women are people, and people build homes and families, make art, make love, get drunk and fight on Saturday night, piss off their neighbors, shelve their dreams to pay the b
Jun 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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. ...more
Mankind is a joke
but animals should be saved
shoot them into spaaaace!
Sue Chant
Originally read in '70s when it first came out. It still stands up well after 40 years.

"An Assault of New Dreamers" (introduction) by Harlan Ellison
"The Counterpoint of View" by John Heidenry - Very good - a bit Jorge Luis Borges crossed with something out of the Vandermeer's "Thackery T. Lambshead" concoctions.
"Ching Witch!" by Ross Rocklynne - dated and poor
"The Word for World Is Forest" by Ursula K. Le Guin - a bit dated with all the Vietnam references but still a good read
"For Value Received
Hans Otterson
This took me a long time to read, not because it's so long (which it is), and not because it has so many introductions and afterwards (which it does; I skipped nearly all of them except those for my favorite authors, of which this collection contains three*), but because I have not yet scoured out of myself a certain unthinking schoolboy stick-to-it-iveness that makes me feel like I have to keep reading things even when they are markedly terrible.

That's not to say this collection is terrible! It
Zoltán Kelemen
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It kind of seems unfair, that my "books read this year" only moved forward a single tick after this volume. There are many many books out there that don't have a tenth of what this anthology offers, but not just quantity-wise, but also quality-wise.

Writing a review seems just as difficult. As I was reading, I probably would have wanted to review (almost) every story, but 46 reviews in one go? Not happening.

On the other hand, I may as well just review the anthology itself, and all the work Harla
S.A. Bradley
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A personal favorite, because this is the book that gave the teenage me permission to think critically. I'm sure the stories have dated considerably, but I'll always be true blue to the collection of stories. Realizing that most science fiction and fantasy authors were frustrated by the heavy amount of censoring of their work had in the various magazines in the 1960s, Harlan Ellison requested some of the most famous authors of that time to deliver their favorite story that was deemed unpublishabl ...more
Andy Hickman
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Courageously written, subtly inverting gender stereotypes and opening up previously unimagined ways of interpersonal relationships. ****

“When one culture has the big guns and the other has none, there is a certain predictability about the outcome.”

“peremptory” = insisting on immediate attention or obedience, especially in a brusquely imperious way.

“This, too, shall pass. All good things must come to an end.
Take my life but don't take away the meaning of my life.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a mixed bag of SF. I really enjoyed The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K Le Guin. It absolutely made you think and kept you thinking. The Big Space Fuck by Kurt Vonnegut had his usual flair of humor and message. The most disturbing story was by Piers Anthony called In the Barn. I’m still thinking about it, like I wish I could scrub it from by brain. If you like eclectic collections of SF this is the book for you.
Marsha Valance
An award-winning anthology of 46 mind-bending short stories chosen by Harlan Ellison. Hugo Award for Best Short Story for “When It Changed” (1972), Nebula Award for Best Short Story for “When It Changed” (1972), Locus Award for Best Original Anthology & Nominee for Best Short Story for “When It Changed” (1973). A Science Fiction Book Club selection.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Praise be the genre of science fiction! The stories within are thought-provoking and stand up to scrutiny fifty years after publication.

This could have been a more painful reading experience. I'm glad it wasn't.
warren v sherwood
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! Perhaps not as dangerous as it once was. I read this book originally in the 70's, and i am sure it was more daring then. It will provide you with many great stories by different authors, a very usefull atlas of sci-fi at the time. Highly reccommended. ...more
Donna Gedrys
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the greatest collection of sci fi in one volume of all time.
Impressive idea, but I wish the writing style was a bit more clear.
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Worth the price of admission for the Lupoff story alone. But also contains "The Word for World Is Forest" which I detest. Lots of stories by folks we never since heard of. ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, science-fiction
I own the 1972 edition and the stories are excellent.
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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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