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Blood's a Rover

Vic and Blood

Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison introduced you to Vic and Blood in 1969's Nebula Award-winning novella, "A Boy and His Dog." You thrilled to their on-screen adventures in the 1975 Hugo Award-winning feature film adaptation billed as "a kinky tale of survival." 1977 and 1980 brought brief reunions in "Eggsucker" and "Run, Spot, Run," and the promise of another story--and a third solo, Spike, to make the Dystopian Duo a Tribulation Trio--but only audiobooks and comics followed, revisiting the same tales.

Now, nearly fifty years after they first set off across the blasted wasteland, Vic and Blood are back.

Harlan Ellison and his editor, Jason Davis, have painstakingly assembled the whole story of Vic and Blood and Spike from the author's files, using revised-and-expanded versions of the novella and short stories, interstitial material developed for Richard Corben's graphic adaptation, and--for the first time--never-before-published material from the aborted 1977 NBC television series Blood's a Rover to tell the complete story of A Boy and His Dog, and a Girl who is tougher than the other two combined.

And let's not forget... the wit and wisdom of Blood.

Table of Contents:

  • "A Boy and His Dog" to Blood's a Rover: Nearly Fifty Years in the Post-Apocalyptic Wastes" essay by Jason Davis
  • "Letter for Harlan Ellison, June 2, 1980" essay by Chad Oliver
  • "From the History of the World as Blood Tells It" short fiction
  • "Eggsucker" (1977) short story
  • "A Boy and His Dog" (1969) novella
  • "Run, Spot, Run" (1980) short story
  • "Blood's a Rover short fiction
  • Chronology of Books 1958 - 2018

Vic and Blood

Vic and Blood

Harlan Ellison

Hugo and Nebula Winner Harlan Ellison's classic post-apocalyptic saga The cycle beings with "Eggsucker," which chronicles the early years of the association between fourtenn-year-old loner Vic and his brilliant, telepathic dog, Blood. The saga continues and expands in "A Boy and His Dog," in which Blood shows just how much smarter he is than Vic, and Vic shows how loyal he can be. The story expands further in "Run, Spot, Run," the first part of Ellison's promised novel of the cycle, Blood's A Rover. Here Vic and Blood find surprising new ways to get into trouble-but getting out of it may be beyond even their combined talents.

Table of Contents

  • "A Boy and His Dog" (1969) novella
  • "Eggsucker" (1977) short story
  • "Run, Spot, Run" (1980) short story

A Boy and His Dog

Vic and Blood: Book 2

Harlan Ellison

Nebula Award winning and Hugo Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in New Worlds,#189 April 1969. Most subsequent publications include an expanded edition of the original. The story can be found in the anthologies:

It is included in the collections: