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Dangerous Visions

(Dangerous Visions #1-3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,097 ratings  ·  280 reviews
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.

xi • Foreword: Year 2002 (Dangerous Visions 35t

Paperback, 35th anniversary, 592 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by iBooks (first published October 1967)
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Kevin Kelsey
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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
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multiple authors qualifies as a classic, it is Harlan Ellison's 1967 Dangerous Visions, a collection of 33 previously unpublished, highly swingin' 60s original, high dangerous to the status quo tales from what has since become widely known as New Wave Science Fiction with such authors as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
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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
Paul Bryant
Nov 01, 2008 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.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
(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.
Feb 22, 2008 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
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
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.
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 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Fungus Gnat
Sep 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Linda Robinson
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Okay, I've had enough.

This much is true: the Dangerous Visions collection was groundbreaking in the way it busted up old conventions of writing and thinking, and introducing new transgressive messages. It heralded New Wave science fiction, and within these covers you see what would eventually lead to splatterpunk and bizarro and other genuinely nasty things.

Unfortunately, the whole thing is set in amber as an ossified product. The Gollancz 2012 edition includes the original introduction, the two
David B
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
“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
John Muñoz
Sep 05, 2015 marked it as need-to-restart
I've been meaning to start writing reviews of books that I've read, mainly to help organize my thoughts, process and better understand what I've read. That, and I feel my ability to properly write has gone down the drain since I've been out of school for awhile. I'll try to keep at writing a review a week if my reading goes as I expect and, maybe, I'll begin to see progress in the quality of my writing the further along I go.

Starting my reviews with an anthology, and one so highly regarded as Da
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicholas Armstrong
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Erik Graff
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sf fans & others interested in trying sf
Recommended to Erik by: a Grinnell leftist
Shelves: sf
This collection was quite an eye-opener at the time of publication in 1967 and impressed me two years later when I borrowed a copy from a friend soon after matriculating at Grinnell College. Other than the fact that Ellison was able to obtain original work from luminaries in the field, his emphatic instruction was that they were to submit without fear of censorship. In other words, he encouraged his writers to push the limits and, by the standards of the time, many of them did. I was particularl ...more
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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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