Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Voyage of the Pequod” as Want to Read:
Voyage of the Pequod
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Voyage of the Pequod

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  16 reviews

Commissioned to hunt down straggler MICs (Mechanized Intelligence Cruisers) in the outer reach of the great Commonwealth, the starship Pequod sets sail only to find out their captain has his own agenda. 

Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published May 24th 2019 by E.B. Dawson
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Voyage of the Pequod, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Voyage of the Pequod

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-34
Average rating 4.60  · 
Rating details
 ·  20 ratings  ·  16 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Voyage of the Pequod
Deborah O'Carroll
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Re-read Nov 2020

(Bought a paperback and re-read it during the proper part of Ahab, the full novel.)

(Original review)

This is Moby Dick in space. That idea is as perfect as it sounds and YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE. *collapses* I’m not even as familiar with the original Moby Dick story as I could be, and sci-fi isn’t my usual genre, but I absolutely adored this short story! I suppose I knew enough to appreciate it as a retelling (though others might appreciate it more), but either way it was a brilli
Out of all the stories to be retold, Moby Dick is one of the few I'm not likely to enjoy. I do love the theme of maritime adventure, but I'm not a big fan of anything having to do with whaling. That said, could it be possible to retell this classic in such a way that all of the great atmosphere is retained without any of the drawbacks?

It is. And E.B. Dawson has done it perfectly. Plus, her version of the story takes place in SPACE. Space improves everything.

This is a terrific introduction to a u
E.B. Dawson
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
One of my favorite things that I have ever written. This novelette combines the wonder of space exploration with the haunting themes of Herman Melville's classic novel. Ahab takes center stage in all his flawed, charismatic glory. His character is contrasted by the unflinching loyalty of his first mate, Starbuck. And the epic struggle between hunter and hunted is transferred from man vs. beast to man vs. machine.

It was a privilege to write.
Hannah Heath
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SO good! RTC.
Grace Crandall
I think this was possibly one of the most inventive and enthralling short stories I’ve ever read. The way Dawson combines the organic seafaring feel of Moby Dick with a science fiction world full of spaceships, machines, and cyberpunk-esque moral questions of what constitutes sentience is fascinating and a real joy to read.

The story begins at the end of a war and the outset of a voyage. Humanity has conquered the Machines—save for a few straggling creatures floating out in space, still programm
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do not even have words for how incredible this short story is.
I think every new short story I read by E.B. Dawson is my new favorite, but I can say... this is my new favorite.
The texture and depth of the world-building is so alive and vivid. Everything was so expertly woven in. It felt old and textured, like I had been given a window into another world that had been existing alongside ours for so long.
Basically, this books is pure awesomeness. Especially if you are a great lover of classi
Beth Wangler
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone; fans of Moby Dick; fans of sci-fi; fans of classics

Voyage of the Pequod is a short story sci-fi adaptation of Moby Dick.

If that idea sounds strange, let me pose it this way: Space whales. Hardy, well-seasoned spaceship crew. Breathtaking panoramas of vibrant galaxies. Thoughtful, unhurried portraits human nature.

In short, "Voyage of the Pequod" is everything you desperately wanted from sci-fi, and even several wonderful things you never dared dream of.

If I'm being honest, I've been feeling rather let down by sci-fi recently. I've been bored b

Katelyn Buxton
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As others have said, Voyage of the Pequod shines in its beautiful male/male friendships, breathtaking intergalactic panoramas, and and inventiveness in its approach to a retelling of one of the most well-known classics. Having read Moby Dick myself, I have to admit I was a little worried when I heard that Dawson would attempt to fit Melville’s 200,000-word epic into the confines of a short story... but I shouldn’t have worried! Dawson is a master at creating vibrant story-worlds in just a few wo ...more
Joseph Leskey
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody
This is an absolutely phenomenal narrative. And, to think, I don't know that I have ever said to myself, "Fellow, I can see your problem – you've never read a Moby Dick retelling set in space."

The characters, the setting, and the plot come together to form an absolutely remarkable experience, amplified by an extreme fluidity of writing that generates a rather pressing desire bordering on an intellectual requisite for a sequel of literally any shape or size.
Hope E
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This It was enthralled from the very first page. I loved the descriptions of New Bedford Harbor and of the starship Pequod. It was all so interesting and unusual.
The old-fashioned narration was brilliant, and despite the story's short length, the characters were all thoroughly developed: David, the newbie who's never been into void space before; Ishmael, the shipman with years of experience and plenty of exaggerated stories who takes him under his wing; Starbuck, the careful first
Erin Dydek
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: phoenix-fiction

I’m not very familiar with the original story of Moby Dick, but I was vaguely aware of an obsessive captain’s quest to hunt down the giant white whale. I highly enjoyed visualizing this quest in a futuristic space story. E. B. Dawson’s writing remains vivid and engaging throughout the retelling, and we get to see the tension between Ahab and Starbuck escalate as their loyalty and trust in each other is tested. There wasn’t anything I disliked about the story, but I still liked her Lost Empire se
Susnnah Metzler
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this short story and the sci-fi twist on Moby Dick. Starbuck’s relationship with Ahab drives this story, although I couldn’t tell who the main character was as the POV seemed to change (my guess is that it switched from omniscient to Starbuck’s POV). I thought the world building was fantastic and the pacing made for an engaging story and plot. Looking forward to the continuation of this story!!
Bethany Fehr
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the coziest sci-fi story I've ever read. I want more of this awesome blend of modern and classic literature!

I love how Dawson melds 19th century culture, style, and vocabulary with a high-tech sci-fi setting. The writing bears all the charm of a classic while still appealing to modern readers: the author is not afraid of taking time to dwell on details and describe the scenery and characters at a leisurely pace, yet the story is much more streamlined than Melville's writing. The style gi
Janelle Garrett
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

Hello, beautiful cover! <3

This short story delivers in typical Dawson fashion. I'm not usually fan of retellings, but the author manages to capture the essence of the original with new ideas and a fresh take that is both respectful of the older version yet adds a newness that is refreshing.

Similar to Moby Dick, there is a crew of sailor-talking men who have a sort of awe-inspiring view of Captain Ahab, and his obsession with a ship/alien/other entity (one thing I wish had been more cle
Kelly Harig
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel like this is a really good short story to read on rainy days. Despite being more-or-less a space opera, it manages to capture a very small and homey feel. Having never read the original Moby Dick, I can’t really compare plots, but I can at least say that the writing style feels like something from a classic novel. I especially enjoy the dialogue – the characters all talk more like nineteenth century seafarers than space explorers (which makes sense), and it leads to a lot of amusing discu ...more
Amelia Nichole Defield
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An interesting short story scifi retelling of Moby Dick.
rated it it was amazing
Feb 22, 2020
Claire Banschbach
rated it really liked it
Jun 27, 2019
rated it really liked it
Sep 26, 2019
rated it really liked it
Dec 02, 2019
Azelyn Klein
marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2019
Merenwen Inglorion
marked it as to-read
Oct 13, 2019
marked it as to-read
Oct 14, 2019
Cayla Huffman
marked it as to-read
Mar 04, 2019
K.L. + Pierce
marked it as to-read
Apr 02, 2019
Julia Garcia
marked it as to-read
Apr 08, 2019
marked it as to-read
Apr 08, 2019
marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2019
Greg Watson
marked it as to-read
May 25, 2019
marked it as to-read
May 26, 2019
marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2019
Bethany Tillerson
marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2019
R.M. Archer
marked it as to-read
Oct 06, 2019
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Sounds of Deceit (The Terebinth Tree Chronicles #3)
  • The Beast of Talesend (Beaumont and Beasley, #1)
  • Of Myth and Monster
  • The Tomb of the Sea Witch (Beaumont and Beasley, #2)
  • The Stroke of Eleven (Beaumont and Beasley, #3)
  • Colors of Fear (The Terebinth Tree Chronicles #1)
  • Strayborn (Draev Guardians, #1)
  • On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga, #1)
  • North! or Be Eaten (The Wingfeather Saga, #2)
  • Where the Woods Grow Wild
  • The Geppetto Codex (Beaumont and Beasley, #5)
  • Oath of the Outcast (The Dragon Keep Chronicles, #1)
  • The Weavers' Blessing
  • Deadwood (Crockett and Crane, #2)
  • The First of Shadows (The Riven Realm #1)
  • The Temple Builders (The Firstborn's Legacy: Steward Stories, #2)
  • Child of the Kaites (The Firstborn's Legacy, #1)
  • Skies of Dripping Gold
See similar books…
I grew up in Southeast Asia. My first experience with America was when I was six years old. Sometimes I amuse my friends by telling them stories of my first impressions of this country (clean bathrooms, Toy Story, Taco Bell, getting lost in department stores).

My family moved to California when I was eleven and completely changed the course of my life. On the outside I'm a well-adjusted American a

Related Articles

Kazuo Ishiguro insists he’s an optimist about technology.  “I'm not one of these people who thinks it's going to come and destroy us,” he...
278 likes · 26 comments