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The Most Influential Science-Fiction Books Of All Time

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  • Sir John Barbican Begg
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    • Oct 2008
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    The Most Influential Science-Fiction Books Of All Time

    The Most Influential Science-Fiction Books Of All Time

    In his introduction to the 2002 reissue of Ellison's anthology, contributor Michael Moorcock wrote of Ellison's collections: "He changed our world ...

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  • Kymba334
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    Kymba334
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    • Jun 2011
    • 3176

    #2
    The best story in the original Dangerous Visions might possibly be "Faith of our Fathers" by Philip K Dick (nominated for the 1968 Hugo award.)

    I'm not fully certain of this given my highly variable memory but i do believe that one story rejected by Harlan Ellison for inclusion in the anthology was a submission by Thomas M. Disch.

    Regardless Linda and Daniel and Spike was that same year published in New Worlds magazine December 1967 # 178.

    Tom Disch did finally make an appearance in Again, Dangerous Visions 2 with the tale Things Lost.

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    Mwana wa simba ni simba

    The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom

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    • Rothgo
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      Rothgo
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      • Aug 2006
      • 6680

      #3
      If it is influence that we're after, Asimov or Neuromancer likely take the title.

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      • Kymba334
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        Kymba334
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        • Jun 2011
        • 3176

        #4
        One of the first Harlan Ellison stories i ever read ( at the age of 11) One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty absolutely reduced me to tears.

        If that isn't influence then i don't know what is.

        Critics are often scathing about how loquacious Harlan was just as i am positive that some new readers of Generation Z who have actually ( and inadequately ) read H.E tales at the more extreme edge of his range would dismiss him as some sort of twisted dinosaur from the 1950's.

        Michael Moorcock in this Fora has already described Harlan's generosity of spirit. The Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions anthologies in terms of their ambition and purpose in the aim of kick starting the careers of beginning writers are proof positive of this.

        Later....Actually, given the really heterogeneous selection of contributors to both collections very few of the writers selected were so much "new" as i guess obscure and under published. Some of them such Gene Wolfe became very successful later on and others including the worthy David R. Bunch author of Moderan have been all but forgotten. As Kurt Vonnegut, Jr once put it : So it goes...
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        Last edited by Kymba334; 05-22-2020, 11:28 PM.
        Mwana wa simba ni simba

        The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom

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        • Pietro_Mercurios
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          Pietro_Mercurios
          Only Slightly Unbalanced
          • Oct 2004
          • 5823

          #5
          Over on the, Screen Rant site, an interview with, Mark Waid, Humanoids publisher, about a new english translation of a French graphic novel, The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel Adventure, by Xavier Dollo & Djbril Morisette-Phan. Mike gets a mention, of course:

          Mark Waid On 'The History Of Science Fiction' (Interview)

          https://screenrant.com/mark-waid-his...ion-interview/

          A possible Christmas wishlist idea? 🎅

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          • Pietro_Mercurios
            Pietro_Mercurios
            Only Slightly Unbalanced
            Pietro_Mercurios
            Only Slightly Unbalanced
            • Oct 2004
            • 5823

            #6
            A review of, The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel Adventure, (thanks to the Sir John Barbican Begg bot), as originally published over on the AV Club site:

            The History Of Science Fiction

            https://www.avclub.com/the-history-o...-up-1848132755

            It does seem to give this originally French graphic novel both barrels, as presenting SF from a particularly Western male viewpoint. The reviewer has the grace to point out that an illustrated "nonsensical" conversation between H.G. Wells and Mike Moorcock, about Darwinism & eugenics, is fictionalized. It also praises the fine quality of the graphic art. I'm still interested in reading 'The History...,' if only to read about SF from a particularly French, bande dessinée, perspective.

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