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Harlan Ellison On "A Boy & His Dog" (1975) 1 OF 2
Vic and Blood: The Chronicles of a Boy and His Dog
The cycle tells the story of an amoral boy Vic and his telepathic dog Blood , who work together as a team to survive in the post-apocalyptic world after a nuclear war. The original novella was followed by short stories and a graphic novel. Ellison began the cycle with the short story of the same title, published in New Worlds , and expanded and revised the tale to novella length for his story collection The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World the same year. The cycle begins chronologically with " Eggsucker ", which chronicles the early years of the association between the young loner Vic and his brilliant, telepathic dog, Blood. Martin's Press , , a three-story graphic novel collection illustrated by Richard Corben , who also illustrated for this collection two other short stories featuring Vic and Blood: "Eggsucker" a prequel to A Boy and His Dog , first published in Thomas Durward, ed.
Enlarge Orbit Books Dystopian stories take many forms, but it's a rare dystopian novel that prominently features man's best friend. Author of the Oversight and Stoneheart trilogies, C. Fletcher doesn't hide the importance of dogs in his latest novel. Aptly titled A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World , it follows a young boy named Griz as he goes on a journey to retrieve his stolen pet. Griz's world is a broken version of our own. An event known as The Gelding has devastated the world's population so much so that only thousands—not billions—of humans survive. The Gelding is never fully explained, but the havoc it wreaked has isolated pockets of people, like Griz and his family, so much so that seeing an unfamiliar human being has become a rarity.
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Dystopian novels are all the rage. Moreover, no fictional dystopia matches the historical realities of the Nazi death-camps or the Soviet gulag. Not only the human part, as it turns out. Dogs were affected too and now very few bitches are born. Only a tiny number of people escaped the Gelding. Griz, obviously, is one of them. The world is that empty.