October's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - Dangerous Visions ed. by H.Ellison (Antho.)

Please join us as we discuss Dangerous Visions, the acclaimed anthology edited by Harlan Ellison. This collection of 33 short stories (many award-winning) includes contributions from almost every major speculative fiction writer of the 1960s, and is credited as one of the definitional works of the New Wave science fiction movement. The book is of middling length, at about 592 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

From GoodReads:

The most honored anthology of fantastic fiction ever published, featuring the works of such luminaries as Robert Silverberg, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Bloch, Philip K. Dick, Larry Niven, Fritz Leiber, Poul Anderson, Damon Knight, J.G. Ballard, John Brunner, Frederik Pohl, Roger Zelazny and Samuel Delany.


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    I'm glad there were so many dissenting opinions on this anthology! It would have been boring if we'd been like-minded. As it was - there was LOTS of good back/forth points/counter-points, and many poignant observations. And, short stories aren't for everyone! They are an acquired taste, and a unique style and perspective. Also, this work was an EXCELLENT insight into the roots of Sci-Fi by some of the progenitors of modern Sci-Fi. Thanx to everybody that showed and contributed!

    4 · October 21, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Certainly in short story collections some are going to be liked and others not. Some one brought up that one story sounded like it was rejected by the editor of this collection but he included it because others thought it was needed to be included. I was happy to find out that none in our group thought it should have been included. Some of the guys pointed out, it was almost a ‘protest’ against the ‘old grumpy men’ of SyFi in the late 60s. As I remembered the time, it certainly covered most of the major ‘new’ areas of anti-establishment protest. A few of the group made me laugh when they seemed to enjoy all the forewords more than the short stories. Finally one member described one of the stories as “Excusy (spelling ?) I am on the toilet”. As the laugher was dying down another member loudly added “Now that’s a Dangerous Vision”. I wasn’t sure how this discussion would go but it had the full sweep of serious analysis, background, love and not so loving remarks, and humor.

    5 · October 20, 2013

  • Sweth C.

    FYI, here is the RadioLab episode on Blame that touches on some of the same questions that Malley System and Jigsaw Man were addressing: http://www.radiolab.org/story/317421-blame/

    (And here is the TAL that mentions Heifer Intl that Dominique brought up: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/503/i-was-just-trying-to-help?act=1 )

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Vijay

    ALERT: We're not meeting in the restaurant today, but in a conference room in the Hiton: The Potomac Ballroom Woodlawn room. Instead of going to the back room in Houlihan's, go into the main hotel and stay to the left. Follow the auction sign into the hallway of conference rooms. We'll be the first door on the left before you get to the auction.

    October 20, 2013

  • Vijay

    Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed.

    October 15, 2013

    • Karla K.

      Thanks for the reminder Vijay! I had to change my RSVP because I got guilted into babysitting for a friend. If I don't kill any kids this weekend and get put in jail I'll be at the next discussion!

      3 · October 15, 2013

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