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Last Dangerous Visions to be completed by J. Michael Straczynski

November 16, 2020

When Harlan Ellison died in 2018, he left behind a project that he’d long promised to complete: The Last Dangerous Visions, an infamous third anthology that would have followed his Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions anthologies.

Now, it looks like it’ll be completed, nearly half a century after its first intended publication date. Ellison’s friend and now estate executor J. Michael Straczynski (the creator of Babylon 5 and co-creator of Sense8) has promised that he’ll complete the anthology.

The Last Dangerous Visions is something of a white whale for Ellison. In 1967, he rounded up a number of authors writing in the genre and produced Dangerous Visions, an acclaimed anthology that included 33 original stories from authors such as Lester del Rey, Frederik Pohl, Brian W. Aldiss, Philip K. Dick, Larry Niven, Carol Emshwiller, and others. The anthology was hailed for pushing the boundaries of science fiction amidst the New Wave movement, and earned considerable praise from reviewers.

Notably, Straczynski says that there are several publishers who are interested in publishing the massive, three-volume anthology, although he’ll work on completing the entire project first before submitting it for publication, which he says will happen in March and April 2021.

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