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Again, Dangerous Visions Paperback – May 5, 1955
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"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 and opposite reaction for every action then some of those reactions can't be anticipated and might not lead to the utopia we envisioned that the change provide. The writers of "Again, Dangerous Visions" explore and extrapolate on the issues of the day showing us what could happen. The stories are still relevant today because each generation is confronted with similar issues. The technology may change but the choices don't.
In reading "Again, Dangerous Visions" you find some commonalities in the stories, for instance all the writers who wrote of a future Earth write of one that is so polluted man has had to abandon it, or if man has stayed can literally be eaten by the affects of pollution. No story in "Again, Dangerous Visions" was written later than 1971 so some of the political and social changes to ward off the pessimistic outlooks of these writers was not certain or clear.
In one case of synchronicity by two authors, Ursula LeGuin and Joanna Russ their stories seem like they could be companion pieces or different chapters of the same book. Remarkable for an anthology.Read more ›
Oh yeah, and Kurt Vonnegut's in it too!
The story was hyped by the editor as, "Friends, there has never been a thing like this one before, in or out of the field of SF. One expects some eye-openers... but nothing like Lupoff. He takes the solid gold award for chutzpah Above and Beyond the limits of Gall... frankly, had no other story than this one been written for Again, Dangerous Visions, the book would have been worth reading." It was nominated for a Nebula award but didn't win. When I watched the war movie Saving Private Ryan a scene in the movie would remind me of this story.
'Boomer Boys' is dangerous because it's told from the point of view of the racist 'New Alabamans' who are at war with the planet 'New Haiti'. The story is told in part through a succession of speeches the New Alabama leadership give - as observed through the eyes of the servicemen 'gyrenes' in the story.
The first speech is given at the end of the soldiers training, "who ever said anybody needed - a commencement speech - to tell him to blast the uppities out of black space... some bigbellied Senator from Talledega? Sheeh! What if it was the Governor himself? what could he say about the war that everybody didn't know already anyhow? We all knew what would happen... the same thing that happened on O'Earth, before the Jewrabs pushed everybody else out and left the colony worlds to shift for themselves. Who needs speeches?Read more ›
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I have enjoyed this book since its publication years ago, and just bought it again for my kindle (as my old books molder in the bookshelf). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kelli Norris
No surprise that no-one wanted to publish the last of these anthologies, it seems, as this one is extremely weak, at a paltry 2.94. Read morePublished on June 7, 2008 by average
I think lots of people know this anthology, split here into two pieces isn't as good as the first. Still better than The Last Dangerous Visions though. Read morePublished on May 24, 2008 by average