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Dangerous Visions is possibly the single most famous anthology in the history of science fiction, which is all the more remarkable because it was an anthology of original, never before published stories. Harlan Ellison, already a well-known short fiction and TV writer (but before he had won any of his many awards), conceived of the project in response to suggestions from Norman Spinrad and Robert Silverberg, his own failed effort to do such an anthology for Regency Books when he was editor there, and with a desire to gather stories too controversial or dangerous for the SF magazines of the era. He also wanted to define what was becoming known as the "New Wave" in SF in contrast to what Judith Merrill was doing in her anthologies, and Michael Moorcock was doing at New Worlds magazine.

The book features two introductions by Isaac Asimov, a book intro by Ellison, and a long, chatty introduction by Ellison to each story, often concerning his relationship with the author. And each author provides a short afterword, usually about why they wrote the story.

The book won a special award at the next year's World Science Fiction Convention, and several stories won awards: Fritz Leiber's both a Hugo and a Nebula, Philip Jose Farmer's a Hugo, and Samuel R. Delany's a Nebula.

At the publisher's behest Ellison did an even larger sequel, using none of the same authors. Ursula K. Le Guin's novella won a Hugo, Joanna Russ's short story won a Nebula, and Ellison received another special convention award.

Notoriously, Ellison planned a third volume, The Last Dangerous Visions, mentioned in the introduction to the second as due in six months. It was never finished and went unpublished, even as Ellison continued to buy stories for it for years; Wikipedia's entry summarizes its fate, with a lengthy list of stories acquired for the book.

Medea: Harlan's World is something else entirely. In 1975 Ellison hosted a series of extension course "Ten Tuesdays Down a Rabbit Hole" at UCLA. On one of these evenings he hosted, on stage, Robert Silverberg, Frank Herbert, Thomas M. Disch, and Theodore Sturgeon with the assigment to plot stories set on a planet whose specifications had been earlier assembled by Hal Clement, Poul Anderson, Larry Niven, and Frederik Pohl. The result, a decade later, was a book that includes the seminar transcript, feedback from the audience, and stories by those eight authors, Ellison, and two others -- all, by that time, having been published in various magazines and original anthologies (as indicated in the combined contents list below).

(The photo shows book club editions of the two DV volumes, and the Phantasia Press trade edition of the third book.)

  • Dangerous Visions, (Doubleday, 1967) [isfdb]
  • Again, Dangerous Visions, (Doubleday , 1972) [isfdb]
  • Medea: Harlan's World, (Phantasia Press, 1985) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Night That All Time Broke Out -- Dangerous Visions
  • Poul Anderson
  • Eutopia -- Dangerous Visions
  • Hunter's Moon (Analog Nov 1978) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • Piers Anthony
  • In the Barn -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • J. G. Ballard
  • The Recognition -- Dangerous Visions
  • Gregory Benford
  • And the Sea Like Mirrors -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Joan Bernott
  • The Test-Tube Creature, Afterward -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • James Blish
  • Getting Along (by JB & Judith Ann Lawrence) -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Robert Bloch
  • A Toy for Juliette -- Dangerous Visions
  • Ben Bova
  • Zero Gee -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Christ, Old Student in a New School -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Jonathan Brand
  • Encounter with a Hick -- Dangerous Visions
  • John Brunner
  • Judas -- Dangerous Visions
  • Edward Bryant
  • The 10:00 Report Is Brought to You By... -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • David R. Bunch
  • The Escaping -- Dangerous Visions
  • Incident in Moderan -- Dangerous Visions
  • Terry Carr
  • Ozymandias -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Hal Clement
  • Seasoning (IASFM Sep/Oct 1978) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • James Cross
  • The Doll-House -- Dangerous Visions
  • Miriam Allen deFord
  • The Malley System -- Dangerous Visions
  • Lester del Rey
  • Evensong -- Dangerous Visions
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • Aye, and Gomorrah... -- Dangerous Visions
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Faith of Our Fathers -- Dangerous Visions
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • Concepts (F&SF Dec 1978) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • Things Lost -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Sonya Dorman
  • Go, Go, Go, Said the Bird -- Dangerous Visions
  • Larry Eisenberg
  • What Happened to Auguste Clarot? -- Dangerous Visions
  • Harlan Ellison
  • The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World -- Dangerous Visions
  • With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole (Omni Jan 1985) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • Carol Emshwiller
  • Sex and/or Mr. Morrison -- Dangerous Visions
  • Philip Josť Farmer
  • Riders of the Purple Wage -- Dangerous Visions
  • Burt K. Filer
  • Eye of the Beholder -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • David Gerrold
  • With a Finger in My I -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • M. John Harrison
  • Lamia Mutable -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • James B. Hemesath
  • Harry the Hare -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Joe Hensley
  • Lord Randy, My Son -- Dangerous Visions
  • Frank Herbert
  • Songs of a Sentient Flute (Analog Feb 1979) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • Richard Hill
  • Moth Race -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Lee Hoffman
  • Soundless Evening -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • H. H. Hollis
  • Stoned Counsel -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • David Kerr
  • Epiphany for Aliens -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Damon Knight
  • Shall the Dust Praise Thee? -- Dangerous Visions
  • Dean Koontz
  • A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • R. A. Lafferty
  • Land of the Great Horses -- Dangerous Visions
  • Keith Laumer
  • Test to Destruction -- Dangerous Visions
  • Judith Ann Lawrence
  • Getting Along (by James Blish & JAL) -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Word for World Is Forest -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Gonna Roll the Bones -- Dangerous Visions
  • Evelyn Lief
  • Bed Sheets Are White -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Richard A. Lupoff
  • With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • Still-Life -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Ken McCullough
  • Chuck Berry, Won't You Please Come Home? -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Ray Nelson
  • Time Travel for Pedestrians -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Kris Neville
  • From the Government Printing Office -- Dangerous Visions
  • Larry Niven
  • Flare Time (Andromeda 3, 1978) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • The Jigsaw Man -- Dangerous Visions
  • andrew j. offutt
  • For Value Received -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Chad Oliver
  • King of the Hill -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • A. Parra
  • Totenbüch -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Frederik Pohl
  • The Day After the Day the Martians Came -- Dangerous Visions
  • Swanilda's Song (Analog Oct 1978) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • Ross Rocklynne
  • Ching Witch! -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Howard Rodman
  • The Man Who Went to the Moon—Twice -- Dangerous Visions
  • Joanna Russ
  • When It Changed -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • James Sallis
  • 53rd American Dream -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • At the Fitting Shop -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Josephine Saxton
  • Elouise and the Doctors of the Planet Pergamon -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Robin Scott
  • Last Train to Kankakee -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • T. L. Sherred
  • Bounty -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Flies -- Dangerous Visions
  • Waiting for the Earthquake (The Best of Omni Science Fiction, No. 2, 1981) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • John Sladek
  • The Happy Breed -- Dangerous Visions
  • Henry Slesar
  • Ersatz -- Dangerous Visions
  • Norman Spinrad
  • Carcinoma Angels -- Dangerous Visions
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister? -- Dangerous Visions
  • Why Dolphins Don't Bite (Omni Feb 1980 (+2)) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • The Milk of Paradise -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Leonard Tushnet
  • In re Glover -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The Big Space Fuck -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Andrew Weiner
  • Empire of the Sun -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • The Funeral -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • The Promise (Omni Jan 1983) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • Jack Williamson
  • Farside Station (IASFM Nov/Dec 1978) -- Medea: Harlan's World
  • Gahan Wilson
  • * -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Bernard Wolfe
  • The Bisquit Position -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • The Girl with Rapid Eye Movements -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Gene Wolfe
  • Against the Lafayette Escadrille -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Loco Parentis -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Robot's Story -- Again, Dangerous Visions
  • Roger Zelazny
  • Auto-da-Fé -- Dangerous Visions

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