Again, Dangerous Visions

Again, Dangerous Visions

by Harlan Ellison

Again, Dangerous Visions, first published in 1972, is the sequel to the sf short story anthology Dangerous Visions.

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 by Joanna Russ won a Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

For a 2nd time, Ellison received a special Hugo for editing the anthology.

by Ross Rocklynne The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula K.

Offutt Mathoms from the Time Closet: 1/Robot's Story, 2/Against the Lafayette Escadrille, 3/Loco Parentis by Gene Wolfe Time Travel for Pedestrians by Ray Nelson Christ, Old Student in a New School (poem) by Ray Bradbury King of the Hill by Chad Oliver The 10:00 Report Is Brought to You by...

Malzberg) Stoned Counsel by H.H. Hollis Monitored Dreams & Strategic Cremations: 1/The Bisquit Position, 2/The Girl with Rapid Eye Movements by Bernard Wolfe With a Finger in My I by David Gerrold In the Barn by Piers Anthony Sound Evening by Lee Hoffman by Gahan Wilson The Test-Tube Creature, Afterward by Joan Bernott And the Sea Like Mirrors by Gregory Benford Bed Sheets Are White by Evelyn Lief Tissue: At the Fitting Shop & 53rd American Dream by James Sallis Elouise and the Doctors of the Planet Pergamon by Josephine Saxton Chuck Berry, Won't You Please Come Home by Ken McCullough Epiphany for Aliens by David Kerr Eye of the Beholder by Burt K.

Disch With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama by Richard A.

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Dangerous Visions was a raging success. But in Again, Dangerous Visions the writers know the score. It just isn't Dangerous Visions.

Sometime between the first Dangerous Visions anthology and the second, Harlan Ellison jumped the shark. 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 rolehe became a dangerous vision of himself. But before I get to the real criticism of this volume, let me note that it still contains a couple of the greatest short fiction stories ever published: Ursula K. The best example of which can be read in the introduction and afterword to Bed Sheets are White by Evelyn Lief, which is more of a story than the story itself. The thing is, Ive always liked Ellisons writinghis short story and essay collections were meat and potatoes to me in my formative years, and I loved his zeal and passion to champion perceived and real injustices in the world. The Dangerous Visions anthologies were a great idea, and the two that were published had an impact that could be felt beyond the SFF world.

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). It was quaint reading SF written in the late sixties, where several of the predictions have now become "science fact" - including propositions that children would sue their parents for improper upbringing, the frustrations of navigating the labyrinthine confines of a super-department store in search of sexual aids (some of these aids haven't been invented yet, I believe), executing children after the maximum two-child limit had been reached (didn't many unoficial executions take place in parts of the world where "one child" was the limit, leaving us with the legacy today of a nation of spoilt children?) Many of the writers -juxtaposed between a few heavyweights like Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Ellison is generous in giving each writer a personally written copious introduction (the most revealing parts of the book, I think) and lots of praise, and affording each writer an afterword at the end of his/her story.

Man, most of these stories are extremely bad. 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.

"Again, Dangerous Visions" was also my introduction to Ursula Le Guin, who wrote "The Word for the World is Forest." I thought this was one of the most amazingly well-written science fiction stories I had ever read.

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. I remember a lot of poor endings, particularly on stories that seemed to be building to something which didn't pay off. Hollis' "Stoned Council" at least has an interesting premise, even if it's written in a fairly standard drug-addled way that doesn't make it worth remembering, particularly. Bernard Wolfe has two nice stories in here, neither of which really fit in the volume, and a rather long afterword about how terrible science fiction is; this is, unfortunately, some of the best writing in the book. It's not a particularly excellent story, but it's fun to read and try to identify the authors in question. (And by forgettable, I mean that even picking up the book and skimming some sentences through the story, I can't remember it.) So that's like 15 stories worth mentioning out of a book of about 45.

All good authors have throwaway stories....and Ellison has conveniently collected them in one giant volume.

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/writer to the science fiction TV series The New Twilight Zone and Babylon 5.