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Logan's Run (Logan #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  7,515 Ratings  ·  360 Reviews
It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 134 pages
Published 1967 by The DIal Press
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Jun 13, 2008 St-Michel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, own
So I picked this up for 87 cents basically for two reasons:
1. It's Logan's Run!!! What more need be said?
2. Come on, 87 cents? Did I mention that it's Logan's Run?

Ok, I hate reading the book after I've seen the movie (this pretty much goes with any book-to-eventual-movie combo), but really, I vaguely even recall the movie - I remember scant parts and I think most of the parts I remember aren't even in the book and I think the other parts I remember are those refreshed by stills wedged into the m
Mar 24, 2011 Stuart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the year 2011, it is impossible to discuss the Logan's Run novel without mentioning the 1976 movie, which I believe has surpassed the original work in terms of notoriety. Upon comparison, the reason for this is all too clear. While my modern tastes found the 70's movie to be rather charming, I cannot say the same for the novel.

The first problem comes with the age limit. With no character over 21, descriptions of people as "man" and "woman" are confusing and try the limits of my suspension of
Definitely a good bad book, which anticipated cyberpunk the way Robert Sheckley anticipated Douglas Adams. In Logan's world, everyone has to submit to voluntary euthanasia when they turn 21 and their palmflower goes black. But Logan decides he'll try and find Ballard, who's 42 and has lived a double lifetime. Maybe he can help him escape to the mythical Sanctuary.

It doesn't exactly make sense, but there are lots of very memorable sequences...


Just saw that Ni
Jul 08, 2011 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, imo
I always like the idea of reading old sci-fi more than the actual experience, and it certainly held true with this book as well. Logan's Run is, of course, iconic. Immortalized in a futuristic, and now cult-classic b-movie, it has cinematic influences on everything from Bladerunner to Minority Report.But there's really just not that much story here. Ultimately, that's what disappoints - that there could have been such an interesting story, but all we get is a chase through various decaying and e ...more
Can I make a confession here? I've never seen the movie version of "Logan's Run."

I know, I know. I should probably turn in my geek card at this point. Either that or I should dust off the DVD version I picked up for a low price and put the shiny disc into the player and cross it off my list of shame.

For a long time, my excuse has been that I'd never read the book. And once I found out that the book came first, as a book-a-holic, I could at least say that I wanted to read the book first. So, fina
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
Much better than the movie! (Then again, most books are!) But that is saying something since I loved the movie (and the TV series)!

This old classic from the 1960s will be celebrating the big 5-0 next year. I had never read the book before but I know the basic plotline since I was a big fan of the movie starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, and Peter Ustinov.

The book has a much bigger scope. Instead of having cities covered with domes and the young people never seeing the outdoors, this dystopia
Aug 14, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I have been searching for, but was having trouble finding at the used book shops. I have always wanted to read it and to my great surprise, recieved it from my parents on my 25th birthday. It is the 1976 version with the silly picture insert of movie images. To say I was thrilled is a drastic understatement. In fact, no words can come close to describing the nerd-uphoria I felt. It took me very little time to read the tiny book, but it was quite the adventure and I would love to s ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 23, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That god-awful Hunger Games series has nothing on this book.

Logan's Run is set on our very own planet, but the people, to avoid overpopulation, have to die at age 21 and be replaced by younger generations. All the 21-year-olds are (view spoiler).

This book is intense! It gets a little choppy and drags on in some parts, but the characters were complex, the plot was original and the imagery was fantastic.
Jan 22, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bill by: Lovers of the movie and SF aficionados
Shelves: science-fiction
Logan's run is an action adventure Sci-Fi that never lets up. It is impossible to read this book without comparing it to the movie. The latter is a favorite I've probably seen 15 or 20 times since I 1st saw it at the movies. The movie works and contains the major themes of the book. In his preface to the omnibus Logan: A Trilogy, the edition I am reading, Nolan states there are many layers to the novels, like peeling the layers of an onion. I've read many novels that are many layered and this ju ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a bit different from the movie version. All action, with very little character development. I definitely liked the movie better.
Daniel Bastian
Classic science fiction doesn't always match the expectations built into the moniker. While the 1967 dystopic offered themes easily configurable for the big screen, including its own cinematic adaptation in 1976, the narrative itself is little more than a jump-cut blitz through an increasingly exotic series of sets. Some of these sets are truly memorable (the ice prison in particular), but most serve as mere waystations until the next plot twist whisks the duo away to an ever more harrowing enco ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Dori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I admit I'm a little torn on this one. Written in the late 1960s, this sci-fi thriller had an interesting message and seems to have influenced a fair bit of modern sci-fi, but it was done in a somewhat superficial manner.

A synopsis: It's a couple hundred years after the 20th century and nobody is allowed to live past age 21. The entire world is connected by a giant subway system controlled by a powerful computer in the heart of a mountain in the middle of America. Everyone wears implanted "flow
David Sarkies
Oct 12, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the movie
Recommended to David by: My mum (through the movie)
Shelves: sci-fi
The Tyranny of Pleasure
6 November 2012

I was wondering through a second hand book shop one day and found a book called 'Logan's Search'. I picked it up and discovered that it was the third book in the Logan trilogy, which made me realise that that really awesome movie that was made in 1975 was actually a book, and in fact the first in a trilogy. So began my quest to find a copy of the original book (as well as part two, which was easier than finding the first book, which I did eventually accompl
Katy Berg
Jun 26, 2014 Katy Berg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a soft spot for literary classics, and I'm so glad that my dad recommended this book to me. I personally believe that this is one of the greatest science fiction stories of all time. The way it's written makes you wonder if humanity can be so cold in the future. In a world where you die at 21, it is easy to see a world of the kind of chaos that would come from a world run by children. This is a world where killers are heroes. One of these killers, or 'sandmen', as they're called in the bo ...more
Sometimes classic science-fiction isn't as good as you hope it will be. While a better written novel than the sequel it isn't as fun. As pointed out by Stacey it's nothing more than a glorified chase through a exotic series of sets. The future world of "Logan's Run" just isn't as developed as it should be. The predictions for the future are wildly off the mark which makes the book feel very dated. It's obviously a product of it's time and it's also apparant that the authors (who where in their l ...more
Jose lana
Jan 22, 2016 Jose lana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A interesting distopian sf novel where the dead is forced at 21 years,a in this sense youth world dedicated to material pleasures but with the price of have only that years to enjoy.

The movie is rather different,the dead is forced at 30 in the carusel ceremony, and so is the end.
This is a book I have wanted to read for about 2 years and I eventually got my hands on an electronic copy at Christmas after discovering this is very difficult book to come by in physical form; no public libraries had it in stock, the library where I work didn’t have it, all the second hand bookshops I trawled through didn’t have it, and when I checked on it was ridiculously expensive for such a short book.

I’ve never seen the film all the way through, only the last half, perhap
David Szondy
Jun 02, 2012 David Szondy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The year is 2116 and Logan 3 is a Sandman; a combination of policeman and executioner charged with the duty of tracking down and killing anyone who commits the heinous crime of wanting to live beyond their 21th birthday. Armed with the Gun, a weapon with a small arsenal of specialised bullets, he is an efficient killing machine. He has also just turned 20 and as the crystal implanted in his palm blinks from red to black, he decides to spend the last 24 hours of his life hunting down the legendar ...more
Oct 08, 2009 Bryce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My short review: "Hey, you kids! Get off my lawn!"

My longer review: Logan's Run is touted as a sci-fi classic, and as such, I was excited to read it. Most of all, I was disappointed in the character development. Or rather, the utter lack of it. These characters aren't even two-dimensional... I would cap it at one-point-four dimensional. The constant bouncing from city to under water station to ice prison is too rapid paced and poorly described. And the worst thing is that there is very little ex
Jul 15, 2015 Martina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Logan's run has to be the worst piece of tripe I've read this year. Period. Luckily I read this pile of rubbish in the electronic form - if I had it in its paper form, I would have made a pyre and danced around it as the book burned down to ashes. Yes, it offended my intelligence that much.

I'm probably spoiled by having read many great titles from the dystopian genre. Even the good and passable dystopian books had some quality (I'm not counting abominable YA distopian novels here). But for a bo
Jo Ann
I loved the movie, I loved the series, but not so much the novel. I was prepared for the dated feeling and I knew that there would be some differences, but not to such a degree.

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Tobin Elliott
Jul 01, 2014 Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-copy
Though it definitely shows its age, Logan's Run is still a fun read. The last time I read this was 38 years ago, at the tender age of 14 and I can still remember being blown away by all the cool futuristic concepts and thinking I'd be on the cusp of changing from blue to red. And my life would be two-thirds over.

There's the interesting staccato narrative, the countdown chapters, the sometimes stream-of-consciousness writing...there's a lot of stuff that wouldn't be caught dead in a book publishe
Seth Skorkowsky
Apr 27, 2016 Seth Skorkowsky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
2.5 Stars.

As with most readers these days, my introduction to Logan's Run was the 1976 movie. Surprise!-they're extremely different. No big deal. I don't judge a book by how different it was than the film.

The bones of the story are pretty simple. In the future, citizens commit suicide by the age of 21. At birth they have a crystal implanted in their hand and it changes color as they age. At 21 it goes black and anyone that hasn't already gone to a Sleep Center to die is considered a criminal. Sa
In a society where lifespans are short to curb the population problems, a man is sent to stop those who try and run away from their fate. Only then it is his fate too and Sanctuary is looking more appealing. One of my favorite distopian books
Read this a long time ago and was reminded of it by a similarly premised book released recently.

Need to re-read this for comparison.... oh, and to rate it, of course ;)
Jul 08, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I really enjoyed this one and this is also one book where I thought the movie pretty much matched it in quality.
Mar 14, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of the movie Logan's Run for many years. I had no idea it was a book until fairly recently.

Set in the future, the Earth can no longer support human life. A food shortage and a brief but bloody war results in the introduction of a harsh population control measure which ensures no-one lives past the age of 21. To escape this fate many people go on the run in search of the fabled 'Sanctuary' these desperate fugitives are hunted by 'Sandmen' futuristic police who hunt and kill runner
Joseph Mitchell
I'm not a reviewer, and this isn't a proper review, just my thought upon finishing this book I've been meaning to read for decades. I saw the film version of this story at a drive-in movie theater when I was a kid and absolutely loved it. I expected that the book, like most film adaptions, would be significantly better than the movie, but not in this case.

Nolan takes the idea of 'show, don't tell' to the extreme. There is very little description of things that really ought to the described. This
William Cameron
Feb 18, 2012 William Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I reread the trilogy every few years. All three books are pretty slim (which is the reason you usually find them together as The Logan Trilogy or whatever). They hold up pretty well. For people that only know the Movie (and the TV Series, which was corny but I remember it well from my childhood) the books are almost completely different, and well worth checking out. They expand a lot of the world and are ... well, more Adult
( more sex, more violence (Different shots in a Deep Sleep gun, each on
Aug 01, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's impossible for me to review this book without drawing comparisons to the movie. I am a fan of the movie. The story stands up against the aged special effects and mediocre acting. The world created in it is a fascinating and original "utopia".

While the movie draws a lot from the book, the film and novel are very much their own entities.

What surprised me most in the book was the quality of the writing. It was poetic and raw. It pulled at the senses so that you were drawn into each of the mul
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William F. Nolan is best known as the co-author (with George Clayton Johnson) of Logan's Run -- a science fiction novel that went on to become a movie, a television series and is about to become a movie again -- and as single author of its sequels. His short stories have been selected for scores of anthologies and textbooks and he is twice winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from the Myste ...more
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“The seeds of the Little War were planted in a restless summer during the mid-1960s, with sit-ins and student demonstrations as youth tested its strength. By the early 1970s over 75 percent of the people living on Earth were under 21 years of age. The population continued to climb—and with it the youth percentage.
In the 1980s the figure was 79.7 percent.
In the 1990s, 82.4 percent.
In the year 2000—critical mass.”
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