A Boy and His Dog is a cycle of narratives by author Harlan Ellison. The cycle tells the story of a 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 1969 novella was adapted into the 1975 film A Boy and His Dog directed by L. Q. Jones. Both the story and the film were well received by critics and science fiction fans, but the film was not successful commercially. The original novella was followed by short stories and a graphic novel.
Ellison began the cycle with the 1969 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.
Ellison bookended the original story with two others in the same world, in Vic and Blood: The Chronicles of a Boy and His Dog (St. Martin's Press, 1988), 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., The Ariel Book of Fantasy Volume Two, 1977) and "Run, Spot, Run" (which was originally published in Amazing Stories, in 1980). Ellison's introduction to the collection explains that 1969's A Boy and His Dog is part of a larger novel that he has been writing for over 30 years and that story is finished, but the last, longest part is written as a screenplay with no current plans for production.
Ellison considered as late as 2003 that he would combine the three stories (possibly with additional material) to create a novel with the proposed title of Blood's a Rover (not to be confused with the Chad Oliver story or the James Ellroy novel Blood's a Rover). Prior to the publication of Blood's a Rover, the graphic novel's Ellison/Corben edition has been reprinted as Vic and Blood: The Continuing Adventures of a Boy and His Dog.
In January 2018, Subterranean Press announced the publication of Blood's a Rover, which combined materials from the author's files, versions of the novella and short stories that have been expanded and revised, material from Corben's graphic novel, and previously unpublished material from the 1977 NBC television series Blood’s a Rover, which was never produced.
The novella and the film adaptation have the same alternate timeline setting, diverging with the failed assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Instead of concentrating on the Space Race, technological advancements in robotics, animal intelligence, and telepathy take place. A more heated Cold War takes place, culminating in a conventional World War III. A truce is signed, lasting another 25 years, though mounting tensions lead to World War IV in 2007, this time involving massive nuclear warfare and only lasting five days. Civilization is almost entirely obliterated, leaving the surface of Earth reduced to a desolate, irradiated wasteland.
Years later, in 2024, foragers who remain above ground must fight for the remaining resources. Most survivors in the former United States are male, as females were usually in the bombed cities while many men were out fighting in the war. In the novella, nuclear fallout had created horrific mutations, such as the feared burnpit screamers, known for their noise and deadliness (in the film, they appear in only one scene, though they are only heard).
Vic, aged 15, was born in and scavenges throughout the wasteland of the former southwestern United States. Vic is most concerned with food and sex; having lost both of his parents, he has no formal education and does not understand ethics or morality. He is accompanied by a well-read, misanthropic, telepathic dog named Blood, who helps him locate women, in return for food. Blood cannot forage for himself, due to the same genetic engineering that granted him telepathy. The two steal for a living, evading bands of solos and mutants. Blood and Vic have an occasionally antagonistic relationship, though they realize that they need each other.
At a movie house, Blood claims to smell a woman, and the pair track her to an abandoned YMCA building. There, they meet Quilla June Holmes, a teenage girl from "Downunder”, a society located in a large underground vault. Before Vic can rape her, Blood informs the pair that a "roverpak" (a gang) has tracked them to the building and they have to fight them off. After killing a number of them, the trio hides in a boiler and set the structure on fire. Vic finally has sex with Quilla June, and though she protests at first, she begins to come on to him. Blood takes an instant disliking to her, but Vic ignores him. Vic and Quilla June have sex repeatedly, but eventually, Quilla June attacks him and takes off to return to her underground community. Vic, furious at her deception, follows her, despite Blood's warnings. Blood remains at the portal on the surface.
Downunder has an artificial biosphere, complete with forests and underground cities, one of which, named Topeka, after the ruins of the city it lies beneath, is fashioned in a surreal mockery of 1950s rural innocence. Vic is captured by the ruling council (the Better Business Bureau). They confess that Quilla June was sent to the surface to lure a man to Downunder. The population of Topeka is becoming sterile, and the babies that are born are usually female. They feel that Vic, despite his crudeness and savage behavior, will be able to reinvigorate that male population. Vic is first elated to learn that he is to impregnate the female population, but this initial enthusiasm quickly turns to horror when he learns that they want to extract his sperm mechanically.
Quilla June is reunited with Vic and they plan to escape. Vic uses the fact that Quilla June's father secretly desires sex with her as a distraction, incapacitating him, so that they can escape.
On the surface, Vic and Quilla June discover that Blood is starving and near death, having been attacked by radioactive insects and other "things". Quilla June tries to get Vic to leave Blood and take off with her. Knowing he will never survive without Blood's guidance and, more importantly, knowing Blood will not survive without care and food, Vic faces a difficult situation. It is implied that he kills his new love and cooks her flesh to save Blood's life. The novella ends with Vic remembering her question as Blood eats: "Do you know what love is?" and he concludes, "Sure I know. A boy loves his dog."
The 1975 science fiction film directed by L. Q. Jones was controversial for alleged misogyny; the script included lines that were not in Ellison's original stories and that authors such as Joanna Russ found to be objectionable. The film's final line is from Blood: "Well I'd say she certainly had marvelous judgement, Albert, if not particularly good taste." Ellison disavowed this addition as a "moronic, hateful chauvinist last line, which I despise." Ellison did, however, accept that the ending remained popular with fans, saying: "I would have kept the original last line from the original story, which I think is much more human and beguiling than the sort of punchline that L.Q. Jones used. But L.Q. knew what he was doing in terms of the market, I suppose."
Ellison later expanded the story cycle in the graphic novel collection Vic and Blood, illustrated by Richard Corben. Although Blood is now back on his feet, the pair's situation deteriorates as Vic begins having guilt-ridden hallucinations as a result of an awakening of conscience following the death of Quilla June. Due to his preoccupation, Vic stumbles into a near-fatal encounter with a roving gang, resulting in his getting separated from Blood once again. After the two reunite, Blood finds Vic in a hopeless, almost catatonic state. Despite Blood's appeals and attempts to reawaken Vic's sanity, Vic allows himself to be captured by a giant mutated spider. Cocooned, poisoned by venom, and beyond any hope of saving, Vic accepts his fate as Blood is left to fend for himself and runs off.
The reasons given by Ellison for this abrupt ending have differed over the years. One relates to his anger over the L.Q. Jones ending of the film, as detailed above. The other is, according to Ellison, essentially a desire to stop his fans from requesting more stories about the two characters. Ellison claimed at the time of the film's release that he had said all he wanted to say about Vic and Blood, and that there would be no more sequels. However, in the introduction to Vic and Blood, dated 25 March 2003, Ellison mentions: "And I've written the rest of the book, BLOOD'S A ROVER. The final, longest section is in screenplay form – and they're bidding here in Hollywood, once again, for the feature film and TV rights – and one of these days before I go through that final door, I'll translate it into elegant prose, and the full novel will appear."
The 3rd Saturn Awards was the fifth ceremony of Saturn Awards in which media properties and personalities deemed by the Academy to be the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror released in the year 1975 were awarded. The ceremony was held on January 31, 1976. In this ceremony the categories of Best Director was added and for the first time ever in the Saturn Awards history the acting categories were introduced, although in this ceremony the nominees of the acting categories were a single person.Below is a complete list of nominees and winners. Winners are highlighted in bold.A Boy and His Dog (1946 film)
A Boy and His Dog is a 1946 American Technicolor short drama film directed by LeRoy Prinz. It won an Academy Award at the 19th Academy Awards in 1947 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).Short-story author Samuel A. Derieux who died twenty-four years earlier, in 1922, received story credit for the film, suggesting to some the expectation that he wrote a work with the title "A Boy and His Dog". However, a plot summary for the film, attributed to David Glagovsky, closely parallels Derieux's short story "The Trial in Tom Belcher's Store", suggesting the film-makers drew on the published (and once celebrated) story, but gave the film a title Derieux need not ever have considered.A Boy and His Dog (1975 film)
A Boy and His Dog is a 1975 American science fiction comedy thriller film produced and directed by L.Q. Jones, who co-wrote the script with Alvy Moore. The film stars Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Ron Feinberg, and Jason Robards.
The film was distributed in the United States by LQ/JAF Productions and in the United Kingdom by Anglo-EMI Film Distributors. The film's script is based on the 1969 cycle of narratives by fantasy author Harlan Ellison titled A Boy and His Dog.
The film concerns a teenage boy (Vic) and his telepathic dog (Blood), who work together as a team in order to survive in the dangerous post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Southwestern United States. On August 6, 2013, Shout! Factory released the film on DVD and Blu-ray.Don't Say Goodbye (album)
Don't Say Goodbye is the 12th studio album by English band Strawbs.Don Johnson
Donald Wayne Johnson (born December 15, 1949) is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He played the role of James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice, for which he is a Golden Globe–winning actor. He also had the eponymous lead role in the 1990s cop series Nash Bridges. He has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Johnson was the American Power Boat Association's 1988 World Champion of the Offshore World Cup.First Run Features
First Run Features is an independent film distribution company based in New York City.Good-bye, My Lady
Good-bye, My Lady is a novel by James H. Street about a boy and his dog. It was published by J. B. Lippincott Company in June 1954 and reprinted in paperback by Pocket Books in February 1978. It is based on Street's short story "Weep No More, My Lady", which was published in the 6 December 1941 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
The novel was made into a film of the same name in 1956.Harlan Ellison
Harlan Jay Ellison (May 27, 1934 – June 28, 2018) was an American writer, known for his prolific and influential work in New Wave speculative fiction, and for his outspoken, combative personality. Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho, described Ellison as "the only living organism I know whose natural habitat is hot water".His published works include more than 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, and a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. Some of his best-known work includes the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", his A Boy and His Dog cycle, and his short stories "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" and " 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman". He was also editor and anthologist for Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). Ellison won numerous awards, including multiple Hugos, Nebulas, and Edgars.John A. Moroso
John Antonio Moroso (1874–1957) was an American author.
Moroso was born into an Italian-American family, possibly in South Carolina. During the 1910s he wrote short stories for Collier's Weekly and other major publications. He also contributed his writings to the "American Boy Adventure Stories," a series of short stories by a variety of authors. While working in New York City he became a friend of the poet, Joyce Kilmer.
In 1923 Moroso wrote a story about life in an east side New York City ghetto titled The Stumbling Herd, which was made into a a silent film in 1926. In 1934 he published Black Chalice and two years later one of his best-known works, Nobody's Buddy. This novel about a boy and his dog originated as a short story called "Buddy and Waffles" published in the August 1915 issue of Ladies' Home Journal.
For a time, Moroso served as president of the corporation that published the Greenville Daily News in Greenville, South Carolina.List of fictional dogs in animated television
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My Dog Skip is a memoir by Willie Morris published by Random House in 1995.
My Dog Skip is the story about nine-year-old Willie Morris growing up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, a tale of a boy and his dog in a small, sleepy Southern town that teaches us about family, friendship, love, devotion, trust and bravery. Willie and Skip's relationship goes beyond that of owner and dog, but is a relationship recognized and celebrated by the entire town.
In 2000, the book was made into a film of the same name. Although Skip was a Fox Terrier, a number of Jack Russell terriers were used in filming, two of which were Moose, and Moose's son Enzo who both portrayed Eddie on NBC's sitcom Frasier.Ron Feinberg
Ronald Allen Feinberg (born October 10, 1932 – January 29, 2005) was an American character actor and voice actor who appeared in films and on television.
At 6' 7", the towering Feinberg played the character Fellini, opposite Don Johnson, in the post-apocalyptic film A Boy and His Dog. He appeared on television in Barney Miller, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and Mission: Impossible, among other shows. He also voiced King Caliphim, the Lord of the Dead, and Gruff in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow. He voiced the character "Raiden" from one installment of Mortal Kombat.He appeared as the mentally handicapped Benny Apa in the 1968 "Pray Love Remember, Pray Love Remember" episode of Hawaii Five-O; the character was under investigation for the murder of a college student. He also appeared in two other Hawai'i Five-0 episodes: "Little Girl Blue" and "No Bottles, No Cans, No People".In the 1980s, he taught acting classes at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. He also voiced Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons (1981), memorable guest villain Titanus in three episodes of the 1994 season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the tuba in Disney's Belle's Magical World (1998). Feinberg's other animation roles included Ming the Merciless in Defenders of the Earth, Doc Terror in Centurions and Headstrong in The Transformers.Samuel A. Derieux
Samuel Arthur Derieux (1881–1922) was an American writer, known especially for short stories, set in the South, about dogs, hunting, or both.
He was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1881. His undergraduate education was in the South, at Wofford College from 1897 to '99, and at Richmond College (now the University of Richmond), where he received his B.A. in 1904. He spent two years of graduate work at Johns Hopkins, and received his M.A. at University of Chicago in 1910.He worked as an assistant professor of English at Richmond (1910-'11), Missouri State Normal School ('11-'13), and Wake Forest ('15-'17).Derieux had already published a few stories, and in 1917 he joined the editorial staff in the New York offices of The American Magazine, where he then published one in each of the next two years, and two to six a year thereafter. He was among the winners of an O. Henry memorial award in the awards' first year, and was the first author to accumulate three of the awards ('19, '21, and—posthumously -- '22). He died in Manhattan of appendicitis at the age of 41 on February 25, 1922.Solitary Confinement (Leæther Strip album)
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Susanne Benton (née Hildur; born February 3, 1948) is a retired Canadian actress known for her film roles as General Dreedle's WAC in Catch-22 (1970) and Quilla June Holmes in A Boy and His Dog (1975). In 1972, she appeared in the Andy Griffith film The Strangers in 7A, credited under her birth name, Susanne Hildur. She also used that name when appearing in an episode of Barnaby Jones a year later in 1973.The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World is a short story collection by American writer Harlan Ellison, published in 1969. It contains one of the author's most famous stories, "A Boy and His Dog", adapted into a film of the same name. "The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World" won the 1969 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, while "A Boy and His Dog" was nominated for the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novella and won the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novella.Wolf Dog
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Þorsteinn Erlingsson (1858–1914) was an Icelandic poet. He graduated from Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík in 1883 and went to Copenhagen to study law. He never finished law school but during his time in Copenhagen his poems became known in Iceland. He returned to his home country in 1895 and died of pneumonia in Reykjavík in 1914.Þorsteinn was an atheist and a socialist. While much of his poetry attacked the ruling classes and the church he also composed popular ditties and poems on nature reminiscent of romanticism. Sometimes, as in his poem Sólskríkjan, the two themes are intertwined. Other well-known poems include:
Arfurinn - an attack on Iceland's Danish "oppressors".
Í Hlíðarendakoti - fond memories of a childhood home
Rask - in memory of Rasmus Christian Rask
Snati og Óli - a ditty on a boy and his dog
Þið munið hann Jörund - An extremely sarcastic take on the coup in 1809.
Við fossinn - Another sarcastic poem, directed against industrialization.
Örlög guðanna - a lament for the pagan godsÞorsteinn's volume of poetry, Þyrnar ("Thorns"), was first published in 1897 although many of the poems had been published before individually.