For those of you who don't follow classic scifi, Harlan Ellison is one of the major writers of the 50s, 60s and 70s. He is short (5'3"), abrasive, intense and very creative. He was also the only Jewish boy in Painesville, Ohio when he was a child, and has written about being beaten up 5 days a week after school. Is it any wonder that he is somewhat bitter? This lovely little tale involves a telepathic dog, a boy who actually was born after the atomic war so he knows nothing of history except what Blood (the telepathic dog) tells him. Vic (the boy) is uh......horny (sorry, that's what he is) and Blood can find a woman for him. (Women are rare in the world after the bomb). He finds a woman who lives "down under" in an underground civilization that resembles a scary simplistic idea of what they think life was like before the war. I'm going to stop here because if I tell much more, I'll give the whole thing away, and I don't want to do that. There is the Ellison novelette, available in the major Ellison omnibus. I do recommend that you read it. There is also a graphic novel, which includes not only A Boy and His Dog, but also two other stories concerning Vic and Blood. Finally, there is a movie, starring a very young Don Johnson. Even though I was never a Don Johnson fan, I have to highly recommend this movie as well. In a very strange happenstance, the story is exactly the same for all three media. Yeah, someone in Hollywood actually read Ellison's story and created a screenplay that was actually based on the story and even included some of Ellison's dialog as well. Amazing, huh? Hollywood screenwriters that actually READ??? How unusual. Ellison said, back in the 70s, that he was going to write an entire novel, titled "Blood's a Rover". He never finished it, and that's a real shame. I really enjoyed this story in all three media. One caveat, though. I have yet to meet a woman who really liked the story in any way. If you read it, or watch it, you will undoubtedly see why. Sorry Ladies. I do recommend this charming (?) and heartwarming(?) and tender(?) tale of a boy and his dog, though. It will warm the cockles of your heart. (If your cockles get too warm, you can always rub them with dry ice).
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I am retired military. I served 6 years of Navy, nearly 6 years of Air Force, and just over 22 years of Air National Guard. I also was a full time technician for the Air Guard for just over 21 years. … more
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A Boy and His Dog is a 1974 movie adaptation based on a short story written by science fiction author Harlan Ellison in 1969. The post-apocalyptic science fiction film was directed by L. Q. Jones working in collaboration with Harlan Ellison in 1974. The film was also distributed after the initial run under the names Psycho Boy and His Killer Dog, Mad Don, and Apocalypse: 2024, among other titles.