Again, Dangerous Visions

By Harlan Ellison

Rating: 3 stars

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 of the “dangerous” authors that Ellison selected didn’t stick around. I also felt that this book was rather hard work. It started very well with Ursula Le Guin’s stunning novella The Word for World is Forest and ended strongly with Tiptree’s The Milk of Paradise but a lot of the stuff in the middle was, I think, trying too hard to be “dangerous” and edgy, often making them difficult to read, impenetrable or just leaving you scratching your head when you finished it. An interesting volume with some good stories, but I didn’t get as much out of it as I would have liked for the amount of effort that I invested in it.

Book details

ISBN: 9780385079532
Publisher: Doubleday
Year of publication: 1972

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