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Dangerous Visions 35th Anniversary Edition

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It’s called “The most honored anthology of fantastic fiction ever published.”, and that my friends is no mean boast. If you’re a fan of speculative fiction, you already know about this collection. If you’re not, then run to your bookstore and grab a copy – and you have three different covers to choose from – and get comfortable and enjoy the book that raised the standard for the genre.

The new edition is complete, and includes a new foreward by Michael Moorcock and a new introduction by the editor himself, Harlan Ellison.

Ellison had a dream: to find the most eloquent, the best writers and get them to contribute to a new anthology that would set a new standard of quality and imagination. Ellison collected stories and threaded them together with his own commentary, itself worth the price of the book.

To hold in your hands a good collection of stories is a joy, an entertainment, a very good thing indeed. But to hold in your hands a dream made tangible, a product of someone’s true passion and joy… well, that puts a whole new spin on things.

Thirty-three stories, each of ’em entertaining, each of ’em have guts, and each of ’em did indeed raise the bar for future writers. Without Dangerous Visions, it is a good guess that the Cyberpunk collections of the 80s and 90s wouldn’t have happened. Certainly Bruce Sterling’s anthology Mirrorshades would perhaps not have happened, as this younger generation looked to the authors of Ellison’s collection as top-shelf, as idols, as the heroes and the inspiration of the genre.

So without further ado, happy 35, Dangerous Visions.

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  • Still have a small paperback boxed set from a 1969 release by Berkeley: a still-potent collection of stories (though some of the pieces have dated). Makes sense that Moorcock would be adding a forward to the new reissue since his work as both an author and New Worlds editor also did so much for raising the s-f writing bar.

  • I prefer “Again Dangerous Visions”. Unlike the first collection, Ellison wasn’t trying to prove anything in the sequel and I like it rather better. Does he say in his new intro in which decade (if any) of this century he plans to finally publish “The Last Dangerous Visions”?

  • Considering Ellison was claiming that The Last Dangerous Visions would be published six months after Again, Dangerous Visions, anything he has to say on the matter should be taken with an enormous grain of salt. Still, it’s good to see Dangerous Visions back in print. There’s a lot of good stories in that volume.

  • Robert Whitaker Sirignano

    Ellison keeps making excuses for the book’s non existence. Some of the writers have died. It will be the best anthology of SF for the decade of the 1970’s. A lot of things won’t be in the book, like “the internet”.

    Ellison should just make up a t-shirt that reads ‘ I SOLD A STORY TO THE LAST DANGEROUS VISIONS AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY T SHIRT.”

    It’s a lost cause.