Again, Dangerous Visions - James Sallis, Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, David Gerrold, Piers Anthony, James Tiptree Jr., Richard A. Lupoff, M. John Harrison, Andrew J. Offutt, Gene Wolfe, Ben Bova, Thomas M. Disch, Gregory Benford, James Blish, Chad Oliver, Edward Bryant, Ross Rock Sometimes the worst thing that can happen is to be successful. Because your next thing has to surpass your first success. Just ask the guy who came up with the idea of pet rocks.

Ellison probably knows what I am talking about. Dangerous Vision was a raging success. It is still the definitive sci-fi anthology of the last half of the 20th century. It was a risk and a risk well taken. So of course there had to be a sequel.

But now the writers know the score. Be ground-breaking. Be controversial. Be different. So what we get is 46 authors in 800 plus pages trying to out-innovate the others and trying too hard. The result is an uneven set of stories that pale to the original collection. That isn't to say there are not some nice tales here. It just isn't Dangerous Visions.