Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction

Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction

by Al Sarrantonio (Editor)

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ISBN-13: 9780451459046
Publisher: Roc
Publication date: 12/28/2002
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

On K2 with Kanakaredes3
The Building43
What We Did That Summer87
A Slow Saturday Night at the Surrealist Sporting Club99
In Xanadu113
Unique Visitors151
Black Tulip159
In the Un-Black201
Weeping Walls221
Captive Kong251
Between Disappearances279
Cleopatra Brimstone305
Burros Gone Bad353
Ave de Paso383
Road Kill397
Ssoroghod's People437
Two Shot445
Billy the Fetus461
Rhido Wars519

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Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
figre on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is not Dangerous Visions. True, that is a tough standard for any book, and it is unfair to expect a book to hit that standard. Rather, if a review is going to start by comparing a book to Dangerous Visions it should only be if that is going to be a positive comparison.But, the editor of this collection asks for the comparison. The introduction lays out the editor¿s premise ¿ to make a Dangerous Visions for the new millennium. The editor begs the comparison. The collection falls more than short. This collection has some vision, but no danger. And, maybe more importantly, there is little memorable in the stories.I still vividly remember reading Dangerous Visions ¿ each story impacting me. Sometimes it was a positive impact, sometimes negative. But every story left an image. I can still look at the titles and be thrown back into those memorable stories. With the pages of Redshift there is nothing memorable. I look back at the titles and recall¿.nothing. It is not that they are bad stories, they are just not memorable. And that is a great sin when you have set your sights so high.Where it failed is hard to say. Was it that it takes an Ellisonesque approach to get the best out of people? Was it because this book seemed to lack new, groundbreaking authors? Was it that there just isn¿t anything dangerous to be said anymore?I refuse to believe the last is true. I think there are stories out there that shatter with skill. And I appreciate that the editor tried to do something more than collect new stories. But maybe the greatest failing of this collection is not that it didn¿t live up to the hype of being the next Dangerous Visions. Maybe the greater failing is that it became a collection of stories that were just¿okay.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The goals of REDSHIFT are to 'influence the course of SF for the next twenty-five years¿ and to pay homage to Harlan Ellison's world shattering 1960s anthology that contained stories considered taboo by most publishing companies. The lofty first objective of new grounds means little when most genre barriers have vanished. Still most of the stories are fun to read and well written as some prime players and a few newcomers provide overall strong contributions. If readers are looking for the new revolution, they need to wait, but if the audience desires a fine collection they will relish those tales that tried to meet the two stretch goals.

Harriet Klausner