Dangerous Visions is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by American writer Harlan Ellison and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. It was published in 1967 and contained 33 stories, none of which had been previously published.[1]

Dangerous Visions
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
EditorHarlan Ellison
IllustratorLeo and Diane Dillon
GenreScience fiction
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Followed byAgain, Dangerous Visions 

A path-breaking collection, Dangerous Visions helped define the New Wave science fiction movement, particularly in its depiction of sex in science fiction. Writer/editor Al Sarrantonio wrote that Dangerous Visions "almost single-handedly [...] changed the way readers thought about science fiction."[2]

Contributors to the volume included 20 authors who had won, or would win, a Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, or BSFA award, and 16 with multiple such awards. Ellison introduced the anthology both collectively and individually while authors provided afterwords to their own stories.

Awards and nominations


The stories and the anthology itself were nominated for and received many awards. "Gonna Roll the Bones" by Fritz Leiber received both a Hugo Award for Best Novelette and a Nebula Award for Best Novelette, whilst Philip K. Dick's "Faith of Our Fathers" was a nominee for the Hugo in the same category.[3][4] Philip José Farmer tied for the Hugo Award for Best Novella for "Riders of the Purple Wage".[3] Samuel R. Delany won the Nebula for Best Short Story for "Aye, and Gomorrah..."[4] Harlan Ellison received a special citation at the 26th World SF Convention for editing "the most significant and controversial SF book published in 1967."[3]



"You should buy this book immediately", Algis Budrys wrote, "because this is a book that knows perfectly that you are seething inside". He especially praised "Sex and/or Mr. Morrison".[5]

Dave Langford reviewed Dangerous Visions for White Dwarf #94, and stated that it "poked at all SF's taboos, remains a quicky [sic?] mix of achievement and hype, of stories still brilliantly fresh and stories already moribund two decades ago."[6]



The collection was followed by a larger 1972 sequel, Again, Dangerous Visions. The projected third collection, The Last Dangerous Visions, was started, but controversially remains unpublished. The final book has become something of a legend as science fiction's most famous unpublished book. It was originally announced for publication in 1973, but other work demanded Ellison's attention and the anthology has not seen print to date. He has come under criticism for his treatment of some writers who submitted their stories to him, whom some[who?] estimate to number nearly 150 (and many of whom have died in the ensuing more than four decades since the anthology was first announced). In 1993 Ellison threatened to sue New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) for publishing "Himself in Anachron", a short story written by Cordwainer Smith and sold to Ellison for the book by his widow,[7] but later reached an amicable settlement.[8] British SF author Christopher Priest critiqued Ellison's editorial practices in a widely disseminated article titled "The Book on the Edge of Forever".[9] Priest documented a half-dozen instances in which Ellison promised TLDV would appear within a year of the statement, but did not fulfill those promises. Ellison had a record of fulfilling obligations in other instances, including to writers whose stories he solicited, and expressed outrage at other editors who have displayed poor practices.

On May 2, 2022, J. Michael Straczynski, the executor of the Ellison estate, announced on Twitter[10] that The Last Dangerous Visions would be published in 2023 by Blackstone Publishers. On Mar 25, 2024, Straczynski announced on Facebook that The Last Dangerous Visions would be available from Amazon on Oct. 1, 2024.[11]



Illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon accompany each short story.


  1. ^ "For the first time anywhere—33 great new stories by all the science fiction masters of our time". Galaxy Science Fiction (advertisement). December 1967. p. 3.
  2. ^ Sarrantonio, Al, editor. 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense. 1999. Avon Books. ISBN 0-380-97740-0
  3. ^ a b c "1968 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 26 July 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2023.
  4. ^ a b "1967 Nebula Awards". Nebula Awards. Retrieved 5 November 2023.
  5. ^ Budrys, Algis (April 1968). "Galaxy Bookshelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 155–163.
  6. ^ Langford, Dave (October 1987). "Critical Mass". White Dwarf (94). Games Workshop: 12.
  7. ^ "ConFrancisco Continued". Ansible. 76. November 1993. ISSN 0265-9816.
  8. ^ "Infinitely Improbable". Ansible. 77. December 1993. ISSN 0265-9816.
  9. ^ "The Last Deadloss Visions". Archived from the original on May 31, 2015. Retrieved 2006-03-11.
  10. ^ "Twitter".
  11. ^ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CWPLX12S?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details