Halfway through Dangerous Visions

I’m approaching the halfway mark through Dangerous Visions (slowly, as usual for the summer, what with Everything Else going on), and I must say, I’m surprised.

All of the stories are, of course, good. I didn’t really “get” Phil Farmers “Riders of the Purple Wage”. That was a tough one for me. But so far, the story that has surprised me and pleased me the most is Howard Rodman‘s “The Man Who Went to the Moon–Twice”. It’s a very short story, but very understated. There is a Ray Bradbury-esque quality to the story and if I had read the story without knowing who the author was, I would have guessed it was a Ray Bradbury yarn. Bob Block is great, and Ellison is terrific, but amidst all of the Dangerous Visions I have witnessed thus far, Rodman’s story, while “dangerous” shines as a kind of beacon.

Tonight: romp through Philip K. Dick‘s LSD-trip in “Faith of our Fathers”.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.