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Ten reprinted Monitored Dreams Strategic Cremations really two stories by Bernard Wolfe has a real literary feel the first Bisuit Position is an excellent short play n the horrors Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan on napalm and I hope in the second story The Girl With Rapid Eye Movements the author meant for us to feel the misogyny internalized by said girl that she doesn t realize she s the smartest and most creative person in the story however the author s afterword was pure bunk about the muse Eyef the Beholder by Burt K Filer had a good mix f cool invention and motorcycle chases plus a female character who is competent at something shockingly rare though f course the two women in the story are both marked for how they can t do something the men do At this point in the collection I was wondering if men used to nly use female characters when they wanted a character to fail at something because gosh they couldn t bear to see a man do that Moth Race by Richard Hill was a good classic SF piece For me it really captures the ineffable joy and madness f sportsIn Re Glover by Leonard Tushnet is pure hard sf for lawyers Reads like a legal brief but fascinatingZero Gee by Ben Bova has moments f hey maybe this is toxic masculinity insight but I felt the ending robbed its meaning With the Bentfin Boomer Boys n Little Old New Alabama will stay with me but I m not sure if for good r ill military SF with New Haiti fighting New Alabama and the Haitians are written in standard English and the New Alabamans in thick dialect Problematical things all ver the board Are the Alabaman s being gay meant to be a slur against them Achtung! Cthulhu or just an examplef hypocrisy Did I lose a character in there Some Infamy of the people run together It s a long piece and yeahk I see why this General P.T.G. Beauregard one is a dangerous vision ifnly for all the use My Wishful Thinking of the N word Ozymandias by Terry Carr is lovelyne The Boy and the Blue Moon of those stories that says a lot that isn tn the page The Milk f Paradise is classic Tiptree so beautiful writing but the story itself felt a little weak and rapey Mostly rapey Those are the nes I liked Among the The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 ones I didn t like there were a few that were so awful I suppose Harlan would be glad to hear that But not awful in the way he d think I love sex and drugs and taboo breaking I loathe flat characterizations and lackf structureNow about the introductions and afterwords Like a good completionist I read them all and as is usual when I force myself to read things just because I can t bear to skip stuff I regret almost every single Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest one You know what the worst typef wedding toast is The ne that begins I met Kevin when You know this wedding toast It s a painful ten minutes f personal exposition saying nothing interesting but giving the toaster a chance to talk about himself Almost all f Harlan s intros are like that Also than half f the afterwards are Harlan made me write an afterward and I hate afterwards my work should stand Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day on itswn So skim those at will my friends r just read the nes for your favorite authors because you want to know about them I won t write Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) on everything in the collection I wrote about The Word for World is Forest by Le Guinn the novella s wn page since it was so long and fa Sometime between the first Dangerous Visions anthology and the second Harlan Ellison jumped the shark Perhaps in those four years he started to believe his wn hype It is true that the first anthology did seem to set a fire under a number Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks of writers bothld and new to experiment and try new things and it happened because Ellison championed it But in the preparation Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman of the second volume Ellison tookn much than a simple championing role he became a dangerous vision f himselfBut before I get to the real criticism D Oliver Edward Bryant Kate Wilhelm James B Hemesath Joanna Russ Kurt Vonnegut T L Sherred K M O'Donnell Barry N Malzberg H H Hollis Bernard Wolfe David Gerrold Piers Anthony Lee Hoffman Gahan Wilson Joan Bernott Gregory Benford Evelyn Lief James Sallis Josep.
Sometimes the worst thing that can happen is to be successful Because your next thing has to surpass your first success Just ask the guy who came up with the idea f pet rocksHarlan Ellison probably knows what I am talking about Dangerous Visions was a raging success It is still the definitive sci fi anthology Heaven Next Stop of the last halff the 20th century It was a risk and a risk well taken So f course there had to be a seuelBut in Again Dangerous Visions the writers know the score Be ground breaking Be controversial Be different So what we get is 46 authors in 800 plus pages trying to ut innovate the thers and trying too hard The result is an uneven set f stories that pale to the Bases Loaded original collection That isn t to say there are not some nice tales here It just isn t Dangerous VisionsUpdate Today I took thisff my shelf and looked at the inscription Ellison wrote for me Have A Good Night, Volume 1 on the title page It reads I never wanted to edit this book Pretty much sums it up Man mostf these stories are extremely bad Some f the standouts include the Le Guin and the Tiptree and the Hollis and perhaps the Vonnegut but even then man I don t know There is ne fun bagatelle about the legal implications f cryogenics that reads like droll sci fi Thackeray and HH Hollis story about LSD lawyering was also spry but these do not justify the many many bad stories you will read Really the nly reason to read this collection is if you have any kind When You Lose Your Job of fascination with the kinetic and utterly self involved worldf seventies sci fi a world that is rather dead now and which was charming without ever actually being very relevant r producing any stand ut writers I have such a fascination reading this collection was my Isabel the Queen: Life and Times own faultThere is a Piers Anthony story about a PARALLEL DIMENSION where all dairy products come from milking human women that is pretty jaw dropping and would make a great short film for Lars Von Trier perhaps but which cannot be taken seriouslyn its Fantastic Post Office 03 own merits at all no matter what dimension you are from Reading the explanation in the afterwordf this piece where it is explained that it is a parable about animal cruelty I was uhunpersuadedthat it was not just an elaborate disturbing specific jolly fucked up sex fantasy I liked it Tim Crouch on that level I guess but DAMN who was this story for Now we have Smashwords for such dangerous visions I guessI like reading bad books but I cannot recommend this to anyone unless you like journeying into REALMS OF THE MISGUIDED AND CRANKY AND SELF INDULGENT AND DEAD IN SPIRIT For a good partf my senior year f high school 1973 I carried a copy around with my notebook sneaking reads when I could It did to prepare me for the future I would soon be living in than all my boring classes It would deeply distur This copy is signed by Harlan Ellison It s been years since I ve read this and I m still thinking about it This really raised some potent and hard hitting uestions about gender roles and life in general Really wish this had been a whole novel Wow I set myself up to read 100 books this year and then give myself this doorstopper in December Smart selfSome day I ll find a copy f Dangerous Visions which is what I was recommended to read and why I picked up its seuel The introductions freuently reference a third volume called Last Dangerous Visions but it doesn t appear to have been made Drawing the Human Head or if made didn t have that title The premisef the collection is Stories too taboo for traditional markets And I suppose taboos were pretty tight in 1972 because most Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of the stories just have a little sex in them and tonsf misogyny but I sadly don t think that was taboo in 1972 There are some gems in here Joanna Russ excellent When It Changed which is f. The classic companion to the most essential science fiction anthology ever published 46 riginal stories edited with introductions by Harlan Ellison Featuring John Heidenry Ross Rocklynne Ursula K Le Guin Andrew J Offutt Gene Wolfe Ray Nelson Ray Bradbury Cha.
F this volume let me note that it still contains a couple f the greatest short fiction I watched a TV documentary n Harlan Ellison recently a larger than life writer who seems to put Hemingway and Hefner to shame His science fiction anthology Dangerous Visions was ften mentioned in the program I could not get the book at the library by instead found Again Dangerous Visions the seuel I believe even a third anthology was compiled due to its popularity at the time I read a dozen stories from the 46 presented in the seuel and it gave me my dose f speculative edgy fiction that was termed the new science fiction Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, of the timeIt was uaint reading SF written in the late sixties where severalf the predictions have now become science fact including propositions that children would sue their parents for improper upbringing the frustrations f navigating the labyrinthine confines f a super department store in search f sexual aids some f 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 Pontius Pilate of the world wherene child was the limit leaving us with the legacy today Livin de Life of a nationf spoilt childrenMany Aeralis of the writers juxtaposed between a few heavyweights like Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut Jr were newbies at the time in their twenties and thirties some being published for the first time in this anthology Ellison is generous in giving each writer a personally written copious introduction the most revealing partsf the book I think and lots Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of praise and affording each writer an afterword at the endf hisher story Some writers needed the afterword as their stories were nt very coherent to me One writer actually said that he set Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives out to confuse and frustrate the reader What happened to entertaining educating and enlightening usNevertheless in an era when the Internet was still a closely guarded military secret andnline forms Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of shameless self promotion were not available to the writer Ellison tirelessly goesut to beat the bushes The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit on behalff his authors doing his bit to grow the next generation Limey Gumshoe of SF writers revealing frank stories about how he met his contributors nutured them browbeat them when reuired and extracted their best work from them One writer was sovercome that she wrote Harlan a note back saying F you Harlan Ellison you don t know so goddam much She was still published and I m sure that than a few careers were made subseuentlyWhat threw me Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate off was the rough writing inelegant prose in exchange for mind bending premises It was hard to find a writer perhaps Vonnegut was the exception who combined clear prose with an intriguing premise Perhaps that is why 12 stories was enough for me I have to say that this massive anthologyf science fiction novellas and short stories completely blew me away in the early 1970 s I read this ne before the riginal Dangerous Visions Editorauthor Harlan Ellison encouraged contributing writers to cut loose with their most daring and provocative ideas In so doing he not Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen only pushed the boundariesf what was being published in those days he expanded his readers ideas Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade of what was possible in the genre This book helped to kickff what I would say was the third great era Harcourt School Publishers Collections of science fiction in the 1970s The first was its invention by Mary Shelley Jules Verne H G Wells Doc Smith and Edgar Rice Burroughs and the second period known as the Golden Era began in the 1940 s with Heinlein Asimov Clarke etc Again Dangerous Visions was also my introduction to Ursula Le Guin who wrote The Word for the World is Forest I thought this wasne f the most amazingly well written science fiction stories I had ever read. Hine Saxton Ken McCullough David Kerr Burt K Filer Richard Hill Leonard Tushnet Ben Bova Dean R Koontz James Blish and Judith Ann Lawrence A Parra y Figueredo Thomas M Disch Richard A Lupoff M John Harrison Robin Scott Andrew Weiner Terry Carr James Tiptree
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Harlan Jay Ellison was a prolific American writer of short stories novellas teleplays essays and criticismHis literary and television work has received many awards 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 consultantwrit