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Dangerous Visions (Anglais) Broché – 9 février 2012
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Anthologies seldom make history, but Dangerous Visions is a grand exception. Harlan Ellison's 1967 collection of science fiction stories set an almost impossibly high standard, as more than a half dozen of its stories won major awards - not surprising with a contributors list that reads like a who's who of 20th-century SF:
Evensong by Lester del Rey | Flies by Robert Silverberg | The Day After the Day the Martians Came by Frederik Pohl | Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip José Farmer | The Malley System by Miriam Allen deFord | A Toy for Juliette by Robert Bloch | The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World by Harlan Ellison | The Night That All Time Broke Out by Brian W. Aldiss | The Man Who Went to the Moon - Twice by Howard Rodman | Faith of Our Fathers by Philip K. Dick | The Jigsaw Man by Larry Niven | Gonna Roll the Bones by Fritz Leiber | Lord Randy, My Son by Joe L. Hensley | Eutopia by Poul Anderson | Incident in Moderan and The Escaping by David R. Bunch | The Doll-House by James Cross | Sex and/or Mr. Morrison by Carol Emshwiller | Shall the Dust Praise Thee? by Damon Knight | If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister? by Theodore Sturgeon | What Happened to Auguste Clarot? by Larry Eisenberg | Ersatz by Henry Slesar | Go, Go, Go, Said the Bird by Sonya Dorman | The Happy Breed by John Sladek | Encounter with a Hick by Jonathan Brand | From the Government Printing Office by Kris Neville | Land of the Great Horses by R. A. Lafferty | The Recognition by J. G. Ballard | Judas by John Brunner | Test to Destruction by Keith Laumer | Carcinoma Angels by Norman Spinrad | Auto-da-Fé by Roger Zelazny | Aye, and Gomorrah by Samuel R. Delany
Unavailable for 15 years, this huge anthology now returns to print, as relevant now as when it was first published.
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Even the most conventional story in the book, "The Jigsaw Man" by Larry Niven, extrapolates a current trend to an unhappy future (at least for the protagonist).
This is not a bad thing. Golden Age SF is full of stories where the future is good and the protagonists overcome the central challenge. The time was ripe for a collection of dystopian stories.
And some of the stories fall outside this theme. After all, Ellison's stated goal is fresh, taboo-breaking stories, and there's more to that than bad views of the future. Theodore Sturgeon breaks taboos and stays upbeat. Norman Spinrad writes a psychedelic fable and makes it work. Philip Jose Farmer's story is so weird that I couldn't even understand the first few pages, and I didn't even notice when it did start to make sense. And Fritz Leiber doesn't break any taboos but damn his story swings.
Ellison got Asimov to write an introduction, a classy touch -- a way of showing respect to the old school while starting a new one.
Because it is WONDERFUL. Yes, I've read at least half the stories elsewhere in other collections; yes, some of them are dated (especially Fred Pohl's); no, some of the concepts are not so dangerous anymore - but as a collection, for someone who is genuinely interested in how SF has evolved, this was brilliant.
One could wish that Harlan Ellison had restrained himself a little - he is so over-the-top he comes over like an excited over-erudite schoolkid - but the afterwords to each story by the authors were wonderful, and give a real insight into the Why of each story.
For history buffs, then, and those who REMEMBER the Golden Age and th New Wave (I was there for the end of one, and during the next) - a Must Read.
For youngsters: go on - find out why your parents liked it! Thrill at teh wild punny ride of The Purple Wage with Phil J Farmer; go on another crazy, androgynous ride with Chip Delany; feel a chill go down your spine with Robert Bloch and Ellison's Jack the Ripper. But ENJOY!
I have to admit I didn't find much of it dangerous, but I could see that that wouldn't have been true back when it was first published. We're different now and what we've seen in our entertainment has changed much in the last 40 years. We've matured. Most of the stories are well written, though, and it doesn't matter if they are no longer dangerous. Carol Emshwiller's writing style is as fresh now as it was back in the 60s. Same with PKD. Great discoveries for me include the Hollywood writer: Howard Rodman; the weird writer: David R. Bunch; the beautiful writer: Roger Zelazny; the tried and true writer: Lester Del Rey.
The most dangerous story here was Theodore Sturgeon's. It was a tale of accepted incest. Still controversial and weird in my opinion. I am a fan of Sturgeon's work, but I must say, this story felt overwritten to me. A disappointment almost. He's a great writer and I enjoyed the ride, but it did go on a bit.
Good book to have in your collection because there are so many references to it. And when it comes to science fiction, anything new is old after a decade, so you can't expect it to remain astounding, amazing, dangerous forever.
The main thing is the literary quality. It's tops. That more than anything else has kept this book on the required reading pile. You could have worse homework.