Dangerous Visions

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Original Anthology edited by Harlan Ellison. Dangerous Visions (anth 1967) was a massive and influential anthology of 33 stories and copious prefatory material; it became strongly identified with the New Wave in the USA. Among its stories, "Aye, and Gomorrah ..." by Samuel R Delany, "Gonna Roll the Bones" by Fritz Leiber and "Riders of the Purple Wage" by Philip José Farmer won major awards. Dangerous Visions was followed by Again, Dangerous Visions (anth 1972), which was larger still, although it created less stir. It contained two more major-award winners, "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ and The Word for World Is Forest (1972; 1976) by Ursula K Le Guin, among its 46 stories. Again, Dangerous Visions used only authors who had not appeared in Dangerous Visions.

A third and still unpublished instalment, again with wholly new authors – «The Last Dangerous Visions» – became legendary for its many postponements over the decades since its first announced publication date of "approximately six months" after Again, Dangerous Visions, although Ellison went on record as saying in 1979 that over 100 stories were bought for it and released a contents list (June 1979 Locus) of 113 stories; there are many reports of later acquisitions. One sternly adversarial account of the anthology's history is the widely discussed The Last Deadloss Visions (1987 chap; rev 1987; rev vt The Book on the Edge of Forever 1994 chap) compiled/written and published by Christopher Priest. [MJE/PN/DRL]

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