The Dream of X

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The Dream of X
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author William Hope Hodgson
Illustrator Stephen E. Fabian
Cover artist Stephen E. Fabian
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 141 pp
OCLC 3169834

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[edit]

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 publisher R. Harold Paget, securing the US copyright.