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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 1972 by Doubleday
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Jan 25, 2017 marked it as to-read
This copy is signed by Harlan Ellison .
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
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
Miracle Jones
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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 bills, and every other activity on the spectrum of human possibility. And that human texture fuels a very interesting first co ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Zoltán Kelemen
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
Phil Cornelius
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
While the first DV was visionary yet accessible, the stories in this sequel seem less of the latter and only arguably more the former. Science fiction as a genre functions through alienating the reader to some degree and forcing him or her into foreign environments. In novels, the reader can grow accustomed, while in short stories the alienation is often not surmounted. Which is to say that the reader should expect a certain amount of strangeness and discomfort in reading science fiction, especi ...more
Daniel Hiland
Aug 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Disappointing! I love short story and novella collections, and dove into this tome expecting interesting tales. Instead, I ran into one story after another about rape, alien sex, gore, and the like; add to that an introduction to every story, followed by comments afterward, and you have one big mess. In one introduction, the editor discussed "masturbatory fantasies," which seems an apt description for much of what passes for sci-fi in this book. To me, the "project" behind the book's creation se ...more
Andy Hickman
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Donna Gedrys
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maybe the greatest collection of sci fi in one volume of all time.
Nicholas Bobbitt
There's a lot less to like here than in its predecessor.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Impressive idea, but I wish the writing style was a bit more clear.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Review of Against the Lafayette Escadrille by Gene Wolfe.

I probably quite miss the point with this one. The narrator explains how he's built a replica Fokker triplane, and has everything as authentic as possible, bar one element. He then describes a flight where he meets with a lady in a hot air balloon. The impression one gets is that while flying, he goes back in time, and that the balloonist is from the Confederate era, flying a balloon made of ladies' silk dresses. Or is she just flying a re
Michael O.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this collection a long, long time ago, as a teenager, checking it out of a very small-town public library. Harlan Elllison’s bragging about providing a place for things that couldn’t be published elsewhere because it’s too intelligent for hicksville libraries, the mass of fandom, and the publishers who cater to them is no worse than it was in the first Dangerous Visions. But it’s a lot more annoying because along with his praising of the pieces in the first volume that received awards fro ...more
Jim Cherry
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read “Dangerous Visions” when I was 20 or 21 and Harlan Ellison’s introductions impressed upon me. As an aspiring writer it was educational to read of how the writers came up with their ideas and of course there were the stories that were of a remarkable quality. “Again, Dangerous Visions” impresses for completely different reasons.

“Again, Dangerous Visions” was published in 1971 and these stories impress for their explorations of changing moralities which demonstrate that if there is an equal
Once, I really liked short stories, but now, not so much, I guess. Or maybe it was just these particular short stories. I read Dangerous Visions not too long ago and it was okay. I got Again, Dangerous Visions mostly because it contained Ursula K. Le Guin's novella The Word for World is Forest, which is wonderful. But on the whole, Again, Dangerous Visions missed its mark.

Again, Dangerous Visions is a voluminous anthology. It contains stories by many well known science fiction writers of the day
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.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is the famous follow-up volume to the even more famous Dangerous Visions; an anthology of 41 stories, mainly by the leading lights of sf as it was in 1972, with vast amounts of prefatory material by editor Harlan Ellison and an afterword from each author, and nice art from Ed Emshwiller introducing each story.[return][return]But what is striking is how unmemorable and self-indulgent most of the stories are (also true of Ellison's long-wi ...more
Erin Cataldi
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I won't lie, I only read several of the short stories in this collection. When I heard that it contained Bradbury and Vonnegut, I knew I had to pick up this bad boy! If I had time I would have read many more of the awesome stories in here, but since I had to get this inter-library loaned I can't renew it (sad panda). I really enjoy that the editor, Harlan Ellison, wrote a nice little introduction about each author and story, it was a nice little touch. The cover art is also trippy and totally co ...more
Apr 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
This volume follows Dangerous Visions, Ellison's earlier anthology, with the same mission statement: to allow writers to spread their wings and write something too dangerous to be published in the mainstream SF publications of the day. This volume was even bigger than the first one, containing 46 stories, each preceded by a foreword by the editor and followed by an afterword by the author, meaning you certainly get value for money.

There were fewer big names in this volume, suggesting that some o
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
If you read my review of Dangerous Visions, than you know what my main problems with the book were. That continues here but I managed to lessen my annoyance by skipping all the intro/post intro/outro/post outro stuff and just read the stories- that totally helped.

It is hard to rate this book, and I have to admit I came away a bit disappointed. Maybe it's a case of sequalitis, but I just found myself a bit bored with this one. Most of the stories didn't have much impact on me, and I am having a h
Matthew Spence
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
First published in 1972, this sequel to Ellison's landmark first collection contains some of science fiction's biggest names, with mixed results. Among the standouts are Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Word for World is Forest" and "When it Changed," by Joanna Russ, along with numerous other stories that vary from the relatively straightforward attempts to be controversial to the experimental. (One of my own personal favorites is Gahan Wilson's ".", a funny little horror short.) The second volume took ...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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