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Dangerous Visions, 35th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Deluxe Edition, October 22, 2002
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The true key to this compilation is the editing work of Harlan Ellison, whose sarcastic and caustic personality shines through almost every page, even though he only wrote one of the stories himself. (That isn't self-glamorization, because his submission is an endorsed sequel to Bloch's story.) Ellison's introductions to each story combine the best in praising and roasting, and he certainly located many fascinating writers. Here we can see up-and-comers who later went on to greater things, along with intriguing unknowns who encourage where-are-they-now speculation. Another groundbreaking aspect of this collection is Ellison's use of afterwords by each author to comment on their own stories. This is usually successful except for a few cases of self-aggrandizement by the writers, and at least one attempt to explain a sub-par story (J.G. Ballard). Aside from a few minor clunkers, there is just one story that may have once been dangerous but is now a flop. That's the 70-plus-page novella from Philip Jose Farmer, which has aged wretchedly with an overload of creaky 60's politics and an unreadably faddish writing style. That's about the only story here that's not still capable of opening new horizons all these decades later.
I was lucky enough to this up for a measly $.75 at a local used bookstore. Believe me, it was money well spent.
There are a few duds in this collection (doesn't every anthology have some?), but they are by far outweighed by the gems. Some examples of the latter: the outrageous Joycean wit of Philip Jose Farmer's "Riders Of The Purple Wage", the dream-like beauty of Carol Emshwiller's "Sex And/Or Mr. Morrison", John Sladek's shockingly prophetic "The Happy Breed", and Kris Neville's Salingeresque humor in "From The Government Printing Office".
If you like science fiction, or just enjoy well-crafted stories, by all means - seek this out.
At the time these stories were written they were considered _dangerous_. They remained dangerous for a long time and when I read them in these days I can see why. Innovating and shocking they still are, well some of them. A great read and necessary reading for SF lovers.
This book has also useful for-and afterwords.
Lately, many o.o.p. books are instilled with new life, but I don't think this will be available long. It can't hurt to have a bit of a history of SF on your shelves. However, it remains a period book. Some dated stories, but always interesting.
No SF library is complete without it.
One other reviewer mentioned some favorites. The Bloch story is tremendously fun to read. As is the PKD story.
Good reading here.
Harlan Ellison deserves a lot of credit for preserving this book as it was, resisting the temptation to update it (like certain directors have futily tried to update their older movies). This includes his introductions, which are written in the venacular of the time, dig, (and which less secure writers might have been embarassed by). To be honest, I found them the most entertaining part of the book, and they give the reader a great insight into the time in which they were written.
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I was born in 1966 about the time this project started, so obviously it was many years until I read it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by evette
This is an anthology gathered by Ellison 45 or so years ago. Anyone familiar with his work will expect the stories to be bizarre, dark or both and to also be entertaining. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bob Corley
Dark visions of the future. Well written and an "I couldn't put it down" bookPublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
I first read these years ago. I was so pleased to see them available for Kindle. If you love science fiction, the two Dangerous Visions books are must reads.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
As I reread this book for the first time since high school the stories came flooding back into my memory. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dave Carver
one of the greatest active Science Fiction Writers, If you dont understand Ellison you will not understand modern SciFiPublished 11 months ago by alden
Pretty good, but even better if the Harlan Ellison introductions were not there or merely half as long. Read morePublished 14 months ago by old bilgewater
One of my favorite science fiction anthologies of all time. Stories that were considered too dangerous by publishers in the late 1960s. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Once these were indeed 'dangerous visions', but I fear that they have mostly not aged well. A lot of the stories rely on shock value (SPOILER ALERT: OMG it was really Jack the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Herman Blivet