Again, Dangerous Visions

Again, Dangerous Visions (17 March 1972) is a science fiction short story anthology, edited by Harlan Ellison. It is the follow-up to Dangerous Visions (October 1967), also edited by Ellison. Cover art and interior illustrations are by Ed Emshwiller.

Like its predecessor, Again, Dangerous Visions, and many of the collected stories, have received awards recognition. "The Word for World is Forest", by Ursula K. Le Guin, won the 1973 Hugo for Best Novella.[1] "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ won a 1972 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.[2] Harlan Ellison was recognized with a special Hugo Award for anthologizing, his second special award, in 1972.[3]

Again, Dangerous Visions was released as a two-volume paperback edition by Signet in the United States, and by Pan in the United Kingdom. A sequel was planned, The Last Dangerous Visions, but was never published.

The first edition was a hardback limited release of 6,500 numbered and signed copies.[4]

Again, Dangerous Visions
Cover of Again, Dangerous Visions, ed. by Harlan Ellison. First, limited edition. Published 17 March 1972.
First edition, limited. (17 March 1972)
EditorHarlan Ellison
IllustratorEd Emshwiller, interior
Cover artistEd Emshwiller
CountryUnited States
SeriesDangerous Visions
GenreScience fiction
Publication date
17 March 1972
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
LC ClassPZ1.E473 Ag PS648.S3
Preceded byDangerous Visions 
Followed byThe Last Dangerous Visions (unpublished) 


Each story is preceded by an introduction written by Ellison.

See also


  1. ^ "The Long List of Hugo Awards, 1973". NESFA. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  2. ^ "1972 - The Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  3. ^ "The Long List of Hugo Awards, 1972". NESFA. Retrieved 2017-12-28. Special Awards: Harlan Ellison - for excellence in anthologizing Again, Dangerous Visions.
  4. ^ "Publication: Again, Dangerous Visions". ISFDB. Retrieved 2017-12-28.

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