The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (Paperback)

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Vellitt Boe is no stranger to the Call To Adventure.

Vellitt Boe might be scared, but she'll venture forth without hesitation regardless.

After all, Vellitt Boe hasa world to save, and gods be damned, she's going to do it.

Kij Johnson's newest novella, heavily influenced by H. P. Lovecraft (The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath in particular), stars a retired-adventurer-turned-professor who follows the Hero's Journey to save a wayward student from the waking realm and subsequentially, her world from its tempestuous gods.

— From Avery


One of NPR's Best Books of 2016 and a Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

"Kij Johnson's haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman's life. Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft's work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt's quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading." --Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award

About the Author

KIJ JOHNSON is an American fantasy writer noted for her adaptations of Japanese myths and folklore. Her story "Ponies" won the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Her story "Fox Magic" won the 1994 Theodore Sturgeon Award, her novel "The Fox Woman" won the Crawford Award for best debut fantasy novel, and her subsequent novel "Fudoki" was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and was cited by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the best fantasy novels of its year. She is also an associate director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780765391414
ISBN-10: 0765391414
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English