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  1. says:

    De igual manera, repito aqu la rese a del primer tomo, como hice para el segundo No es f cil decir cu ndo empez la Ciencia Ficci n Me adscribo a la opini n del Buen Doctor Asimov que define a Frankenstein Mary Shelley como la primera novela de CF Una novela que extrapola un tema cient fico y desarrolla el efecto del mismo en la historia y en sus personajes Pues coincide bastante bien con la definici n del g nero para mi Y pronto siguieron muchos Verne por ah cerquita, Wells que le dio un gran empuj n Burroughs, que la impregn de aventura.Hasta que empezaron las publicaciones exclusivas de CF, sobre todo en el mundo anglosaj n, en los a os 30 y que desencadenaron la Edad de Oro, hasta los a os 50 y 60 Con el poderoso eje de Campbell y los nombres que conocemos todos Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Dick, Heinlein, Simak, Sturgeon y que a n son le dos Es la poca de la inocencia, en que la historia es lo que vale, los personajes se van construyendo y el estilo est puli ndose reci n Pero que hipnotiza y encanta, por la incre ble profusi n de ideas nuevas, frescas, sorprendentes.Pero el g nero evoluciona Personajes complejos, historias at picas que se adentran en temas inexplorados e ntimos, estilo sofisticados que podr an provenir de cualquier rama de la literatura, empezar n pronto a asomar la nariz Y algunos, como Harlan Ellison, tienen el suficiente genio para sentir que las cosas est n cambiando As que, a fines de los 60, tiene la idea de crear una antolog a de cuentos nuevos, nunca publicados, que rompan esquemas, inesperados, que toquen temas que antes la CF no abordaba como el sexo o la religi n Que provoquen.El resultado es una peque a revoluci n Ley ndolos ahora, no suenan tan provocadores Tienen a n el fuerte aroma de la Edad de Oro Pero s hay un cambio Hay provocaci n, aunque se le vea la intenci n tan claramente ahora Como la incorporaci n del sexo, que se ve tan ruidosamente provocador, como del adolescente que busca imponerse, pero que no termina de perder la inocencia Y la experimentaci n de estilos, que ya no son planos y puramente instrumentales a la poderosa historia, pero no tienen la sutileza que tendr n despu s.Es una exploraci n disparada en 100 direcciones diferentes Con nombres antiguos, como no, pues el talento exist a y puede adaptarse Asimov escribi la introducci n y caballerosamente se puso a un lado Para dejar paso a otros, a todos esos nombres nuevos que dominar an el campo los siguientes a os Niven, Ballard, Delany, Leiber, Silverberg, Farmer, Pohl , junto con algunos de los antiguos Es casi una una segunda Edad de Oro Un segundo tomo seguir a unos pocos a os despu s Ya en plena Nueva Ola, como se llamar a el periodo, durante los 70.As , Ellison y sus visiones enlazan dos de mis pocas favoritas Los gigantes, eternos e indestructibles de la edad de oro, y los m s sofisticados y profundos de la nueva ola En todo caso, el resultado es que la CF ya nunca fue la misma.En mi caso, ya no pude seguirla tanto luego de eso Me estanqu en los 80 Le Gibson, claro, aunque me perd lo grueso del movimiento ciberpunk Y algunos como Philip K Dick segu an produciendo cosas excelentes Pero no mucho m s.Qu vendr luego Parad jicamente, y de la mano de Gardner Dozois, pas directamente a los 2000, con poca transici n La CF actual por lo menos los cuentos que elige Dozois en su monstruosa selecci n anual lo que es un cierto peligro al no permitirme otras visiones, pero poco margen de exploraci n tengo ahora es sofisticada, estilizada y densa Conoc nuevos nombres, algunos notables, como Vernon Vinge, Greg Egan o las excelentes Nancy Kress o Catherynne Valente Disfruto muchos sus nuevas obras, son buena literatura, con buenas ideas Pero ya no siento que son de la familia.Seguir leyendo esos textos pulidos, con personajes densos, en historias nuevas Y lo har con placer Pero recordar con nostalgia la sencilla pero profunda alegr a de descubrir una historia nueva como una moneda, brillante como el sol, y sencilla como la vida, del Buen Doctor y del resto de la familia Esas historias que se reflejan y se transforman al mismo tiempo en estas Visiones Peligrosas.


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    De los tres tomos, el m s irregular G nero Relatos.Lo que nos cuenta El libro Visiones peligrosas III publicaci n original Dangerous Visions, 1967 es la tercera parte de una famosa antolog a, que en espa ol se public en tres vol menes como su edici n de 1969, y que en la actualidad todav a se valora bastante, por m s que el tiempo le haya pasado cierta factura, debido a la naturaleza del proyecto pueden saber m s aqu , con el recientemente fallecido Harlan Ellison como responsable de la selecci n, del proyecto y de la introducci n que en este volumen es muy breve y habla de las implicaciones futuras de la antolog a , pero tambi n del comentario al inicio de cada uno de los relatos que, al final, tienen comentarios de sus propios autores La primera parte es Visiones peligrosas I y la segunda Visiones peligrosas II Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite


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    En general, esta ha sido una antolog a de 4, en sus tres tomos.Lo que m s me sorprendi en este tercer tomo es como los relatos fueron de gustarme pr cticamente nada a encantarme, en los status podr n ver una peque a opini n sobre cada uno.Como siempre, este libro se comento de los temas m s variados, pero en todos hay un toque de lucha contra algo, ya sea un determinado tipo de sociedad, m quina y otra cosa.Lo que m s puede sorprender es la forma como algo tan simple como una enfermedad o un deseo pueden desencadenar innumerables hechos en tan pocas p ginas, y ese es m rito exclusivo de los grandes autores que ha presentado aqu Harlan Ellison.Como he pensado y o dicho desde el inicio con esta revolucionaria antolog a de ficci n especulativa, creo que no es algo para todo p blico, pero s es algo a lo que todo el p blico deber a prestarle atenci n, al menos para descubrir unas cuantas plumas de oro entre sus p ginas.Para finalizar, si saliera una edici n especial de esta Antolog a, con todas las de la ley, en un tomo, me la comprar a sin dudarlo, creo que eso es bastante recomendaci n.


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    Al igual que con el primer tomo de estas visione speligrosas acaba por ser algo que no me convence para nada porque solo parecen historias rechazadas en su mayoria que acabaron siendo publicadas aqui por casualidad del destino pero que en su mayoria no tiene que ver con el titulo ni la tematica que supuestamente engloba este recopilatorio.


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    Me gust m s el primer libro de antolog as, Visiones peligrosas I, este estuvo OK.Mi historia favorita fue la de Keith Laumer Prueba para la destrucci n Tb fue un gusto leer El reconocimiento por J G Ballard, la historia es normal, pero es por como escribe el lo que la hace sabrosa, el cuento fue sombr o, y eso se siente y se saborea En fin, gracias Harlan Ellison.


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    Ok what can I really say This is the third and final part of the Dangerous Visions trilogy that is now treated as a single volume It is seen by many as a landmark anthology which marked the evolution of science fiction from one era to the next or as Harlan Ellison likes to suggest the transition of one generation of authors to the next though many of the authors wrote both before and after the anthology.The book is a real mix of styles and subject matter, so you can pretty much be guaranteed that you will like some and not so like others ok hate However the introductions of many of the entries are almost as interesting as the stories themselves This is a book to read if you are interested in science fiction as a subject and not just a genre.


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    This acclaimed anthology was split into three parts for paperback publication This, the third, is dominated by John T Sladek s fantastic THE HAPPY BREED, which is remarkable as it was his first ever SF story, and because this part of the anthology also includes Ballard, Brunner, Sturgeon, Spinrad, Zelazny, Laumer and Delany Overall, DANGEROUS VISIONS, now half a century old, is filled with stories that, while they may have been challenging then, are obviously rather hit and miss now Nevertheless, it remains one of the best ever SF collections.


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    Dangerous Visions That sounds interesting And yet, I ve had this book for years without trying to read it I couldn t, for the love of God, tell you why I mean, the first story is one by Theodore Sturgeon If you ve read a science fiction anthologies, you must surely have come across his name, as well as J.G Ballard, Harlan Ellison, John Brunner and Samuel R Delany they have all had a hand in the making of this anthology So with those words it is time to delve into the secrets of one of the most explosive science fiction anthologies ever published.This is a review in progress, and I will post short reviews of all the stories within, as I read them As always, I shall start at the very beginning, because is there somewhere better to start If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister by Theodore Sturgeon 52 pages A man, Charli Bux, has come to a small planet Terratu to see the Master of Archieves He has a tale to tell, about a certain planet that doesn t really exist Well, it does exist, of course, but for some reason, people seem to shun it or better yet, simply try and forget that it even exist at all I better stop here, because if you know Theodore Sturgeon, then you know that he likes to surprise you This story is no different, although you ll see the surprise slowly approaching in the horizon I will say this, though, this story is controversial, and while I can see some of his points have merits, I don t agree But thats what a good story can do, provoke you into thinking about the world and your life a little differently This certainly does that, in a very down to earth way, no pun intended Anyways, don t cheat yourself go find this book or this story in another anthology and get something to think about 4.5 stars What Happened to Auguste Clarot by Larry Eisenberg 7 pages A journalist is writing a story about a chemist who disappeared, one Auguste Clarot He finds him, and finds the thing that he has been working on A very short story, which comes with a warning I might not have understood the story, because I don t understand the warning at all The writer himself says that this story might be riddled with symbolism, but that was certainly lost on me Perhaps if I had read it at the time when it was written, it might have been clearer 1 star Ersatz by Henry Slesar 8 pages An atomic war has changed America, if not the entire world Soldiers wander the wastelands, only occasionally finding shelter in one of the few Peace Stations where civilians take care of them But the world is changing, and so are its people Another short shortstory, but this one manages to create a fully understood setting in just a few pages And the ending scary and lonely 3.5 stars Go, Go, Go, Said the Bird by Sonya Dorman 8 pages The world has collapsed and people have lost themselves A woman is fleeing for her life People are hungry While she runs, she looks back on her life, remembering how one of her own children were killed and eaten This story is not as unbelievable as all that We only have to go back 300 years to find something similar in human history However, let s hope that the world will never fall from grace like this 3 stars The Happy Breed by John T Sladek 23 pages Imagine a society where everyone is happy, or at least, where everyone pretends to be happy Imagine a society where Man is rules by Machines This story tries to create a utopia, but the question is is that even possible The story is a bit confusing at times, as it switches between so many narratives, but the idea that it proposes is an interesting one 2 stars Encounter With a Hick by Jonathan Brand 7 pages This story is about hmm a man who goes to some kind of intergalactic conference to to no I didn t understand much of this story, and there was nothing to get excited by or even worth remembering The only good thing, really, is that it is short very short and therefore quickly read and quickly forgotten Onwards 0 stars From the Government Printing Press by Kris Neville 9 pages We are inside the head of a young boy in the future He is three and a half, but to him, he seems to have been this old like forever His life consists of thoughts of candy, his parents, fears of the world and losing his penis If only he could hurry up and become four, so he could forget and get his personality A very interesting story, or rather a very interesting perspective To me the child s thoughts sounded a little too knowledgeable, and I entertained the idea of this boy being invaded by an alien, or rather an alien being trapped within this boy However, after reading the afterword section, you know that the author s idea is so much grounded I d really like to recommend this story, but if you are a hard science fiction aficionado, then this might not be for you 3 stars Land of the Great Horses by R.A Lafferty 13 pages Two men are walking in the desert somewhere in India, when they see a mirage One of them, Smith, sees something , and proclaims that it is time to go home, home to the Land of the Great Horses Soon after weird disappearances happen all around the world I am not sure I would ever classify this story as being Science Fiction, nor would I call it dangerous The words I would use would be akin to weird, confused and hard to understand This might be a true gem, but honestly, I didn t and don t get it 1 star The Recognition by J.G Ballard 15 pages A circus is coming to town, but the narrator does not really understand what they are selling The animals are nothing special, and the smell is horrible Ok, the build up for this shortstory is awesome, but the ending is just horrible and enormously disappointing I am not even sure why this story is here in a science fiction anthology called Dangerous Visions And here I was finally thinking that I had found a Ballard story that I might actually like I ll just have to keep looking 1.5 stars Judas by John Brunner 12 pages Somewhere in the world, a God sits on his throne This is not The God that people have worshipped for centuries, but a metal god that Man made himself One day a man comes to talk to the God, a man named Karimov He helped build the metal God, but has come back now, with different intentions I ve already said too much, perhaps, but with a name like Judas, I guess you know where this is going I like the writing of John Brunner, especially his complex cyberpunk settings This one almost lost me in the beginning, written in a much too complicated language, but unlike the previous story, this one got much better by the end, and even ended up sounding like some of the Brunner stories I had already read 2.5 stars Test to Destruction by Keith Laumer 31 pages Earth is in a bad shape with a robotic president at the front Among the humans, a man named Mallory fights for the free elections that will possible allow him to rule However, somewhere in space, an alien is nearing earth in his Ree Dreadnought, bend on destruction It is also searching for a mind to probe, so that it can learn about the planet This shortstory is quite chaotic, shifting between the stories in chapters of varying sizes I found certain things interesting, like the state of our earth, but not much is explained as the story rushes ahead towards its point at the end With a little less focus on the ending, and a bit focus on building the setting of the story, this could have been a very nice shortstory 2 stars Carcinoma Angels by Norman Spinrad 15 pages This is the story of Harrison Wintergreen, a boy who became a man, a filthy rich man, who then became a man who put his mark on the world, but whom the world turned its back on This story is very different from all the others, and there is nothing in here that would constitute either science fiction, nor could it ever be classified as being dangerous Maybe because cancer is much common today than it was back then, and something that we can treat Anyways, the ending is tragic enough to make the story worth reading, but it will always remain a mystery why it is part of such an anthology 2 stars Auto Da Fe by Roger Zelazny 10 pages Ever been to a proper bullfight Well, imagine how they would make these in the future with cars instead of bulls It felt a little weird, but thinking about how they are currently working on giving cars memory and AI it might not be all that crazy afterall I especially liked how the author, in his afterword, tried to make this story much than it actually is 2 stars Aye, and Gomorrah by Samuel R Delany 14 pages This story brings you a weird world of spacers and frelks, people who have allowed themselves to be changed physically, to be able to live in space, and the aliens who love and worship them, and who are willing to pay a lot to have sex with them Yes, this is that kind of science fiction story, the different and weird kind, in case you are wondering what that meant I ve only ever read one other Samuel R Delany story, and I ve never been able to finish it, although I have really wanted to His voice is certainly special, and although I don t proclaim to understand why he wrote this exact story I do know that I will have to go back to it at least once 3 stars Final thoughtsSo, was this anthology as dangerous as they say The answer is, and you might have guessed this from my short reviews no There are a few dangerous and interesting stories, like the ones by Theodore Sturgeon and Henry Slesar I actually went back and raised his score after reading the rest of the stories , but far too many of these does not have what it takes to be in such an anthology, and honestly, it felt like they were here to sell a book, not to provoke and show us some dangerous visions of the future So yes, my final thoughts on this anthology are those of disappointment.


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    I don t know what he s like now, but, going off his introductions to the tales contained herein, in the late sixties and early seventies Harlan Ellison was fond of himself and his own voice He was also evidently homophobic there is talk of faggotry and pathetic little homosexual s this last raised a sardonic smile with me as it is taken from the introduction to Samuel R Delany s contribution Hopefully he s changed now, but it cannot be denied that the man did edit good SF.Some of the stories here have dated badly, but nevertheless retain nostalgic value So that s what scared us then Some can hardly still be termed dangerous However, quite a few remain the eye openers they must have been on publication notably the first an argument in favour of incest , and the last the Delany, and the only one here I ve read before, which addresses sexual perverted predilection All are certainly worth reading, and I will be seeking out Dangerous Visions 1 2


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    If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister 2 5 What Happened to Auguste Clarot 2 5 Ersatz 3.5 5 Go, Go, Go, Said the Bird 4 5 The Happy Breed 4 5 Encounter With a Hick 3 5 From the Government Printing Press 3 5 Land of the Great Horses 1 5 The Recognition disappointing ending 2 5 Judas 4 5 Test to Destruction 4 5 Carcinoma Angels 2.5 5 Auto Da Fe 3 5 Aye, and Gomorrah 4 5


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