The Dream of X
Dust-jacket from the first edition
|Author||William Hope Hodgson|
|Illustrator||Stephen E. Fabian|
|Cover artist||Stephen E. Fabian|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Publisher||Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
The Dream of X is an abridged version of the 1912 science fiction novel by William Hope Hodgson, The Night Land. The abridgment was originally published as part of the chapbook collection Poems and the Dream of X in 1912 by R. Harold Paget. It was first published as a stand-alone book in 1977 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. with an introduction by Sam Moskowitz. It was published in an edition of 2,220 copies.
The Night Land and copyright
Hodgson's novel, The Night Land was published in England in 1912. At that time, copyright in the United States could not be obtained until the book was printed within the US. Hodgson was unable to find an American publisher for his 200,000-word novel. In order to ensure the copyright, he revised and abridged the novel, condensing it to 20,000 words. He then financed the printing himself through R. Harold Paget securing the US copyright.
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