The sequel-anthology to Harlan Ellison
's groundbreaking 1967 New Wave Science Fiction
anthology Dangerous Visions
. Due to the size of it, it has been released in two volumes (although originally in one).
Like Dangerous Visions
, it also features introductions to each story by Harlan, who talks about the writer, and an afterward by the writer about the story.
The planned sequel
to ADV would have been The Last Dangerous Visions
, but, well... Harlan doesn't like to talk about it.
Tropes found in the Stories in Again, Dangerous Visions:
The tropes found in each story (as well as in the introductions and afterwords) are listed under the story in question.
While Rome Burns
- "The Counterpoint of View" by John Heidenry
- "Ching Witch!" by Ross Rocklynne
- The story begins at a goodbye party for Earth
.Your Instincts Are Showing
- the cat boy
protagonist has issues.You Sexy Beast
- but he's fine with that
- "The Word for World Is Forest" by Ursula K. Le Guin
- "For Value Received" by Andrew J. Offutt
- "Mathoms From the Time Closet" — "1: Robot's Story", "2: Against The Lafayette Escadrille" and "3: Loco Parentis" by Gene Wolfe
- "Time Travel For Pedestrians" by Ray Nelson
- "Christ, Old Student in a New School" (poem) by Ray Bradbury
- "King of the Hill" by Chad Oliver
- "The 10:00 Report Is Brought to You by..." by Edward Bryant
- "The Funeral" by Kate Wilhelm
- "Harry the Hare" by James B. Hemesath
- "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ (Nebula Award for Best Short Story)
- "The Big Space Fuck" by Kurt Vonnegut
- Cluster F-Bomb: In the story, swearing became completely acceptable. Even the President of the United States uses profanity in his speeches. In fact, quite a bit of the story consists of profanity.
- Freudian Excuse: The government allows people to sue their parents for ruining their lives with their parenting. This is done to discourage reproduction, since the world is dangerously overpopulated.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: The story was expressly written so that Vonnegut could include the word 'fuck' in the title. Its notable that this is the first instance of the word being used as part of the title of a non-pornographic printed story.
- Kill 'em All: In the world of the story, Lake Erie has become so polluted that it is home to giant, mutated, man-eating lampreys that can climb out of the water and go after humans. At the end, a lamprey comes along and eats all three of the main characters.
- Polluted Wasteland: The whole planet. The eponymous action is undertaken because Earth is dying from pollution.
- Refuge in Audacity: The Short Story
- "Bounty" by T. L. Sherred
- "Still-Life" by K. M. O'Donnell (Barry N Malzberg)
- "Stoned Counsel" by H. H. Hollis
- "Monitored Dreams & Strategic Cremations" — 1: "The Bisquit Position" and 2: "The Girl With Rapid Eye Movements" by Bernard Wolfe
- "With A Finger in My I" by David Gerrold
- "In the Barn" by Piers Anthony
- "Soundless Evening" by Lee Hoffman
- (the title is an ink blot) by Gahan Wilson
- "The Test-Tube Creature, Afterward" by Joan Bernott
- "And the Sea Like Mirrors" by Gregory Benford
- "Bed Sheets Are White" by Evelyn Lief
- "Tissue": "At the Fitting Shop" and "53rd American Dream" by James Sallis
- "Elouise And The Doctors of the Planet Pergamon" by Josephine Saxton
- "Chuck Berry, Won't You Please Come Home" by Ken McCullough
- "Epiphany For Aliens" by David Kerr
- "Eye of the Beholder" by Burt K. Filer
- "Moth Race" by Richard Hill
- "In Re Glover" by Leonard Tushnet
- "Zero Gee" by Ben Bova
- "A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village" by Dean R. Koontz
- "Getting Along" by James Blish and Judith Ann Lawrence
- "Totenbuch" by A Parra (Y Figueredo)
- "Things Lost" by Thomas M Disch
- "With the Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama" by Richard A. Lupoff
- "Lamia Mutable" by M John Harrison
- "Last Train to Kankakee" by Robin Scott
- "Empire of the Sun" by Andrew Weiner
- "Ozymandias" by Terry Carr
- "The Milk of Paradise" by James Tiptree Jr