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Logan's Run

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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
Paperback, 149 pages
Published August 1st 1976 by Bantam Books (first published 1967)
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Stuart
Mar 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 su
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St-Michel
Jun 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Manny
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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...

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Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this back in the 70s. The movie appeared (not a bad science fiction movie for the day) and I ran the book down. It was better than the movie by quite a bit.

This is another cold war view of the future and a fairly dark outlook. While it's not the best or the worst one I read it's a fair read.
Bill Lynas
The novel Logan's Run was published 40 years ago & still holds up well as an entertaining piece of science fiction. I've always liked the 1976 film version starring Michael York & Jenny Agutter & was pleased to see that there were noticeable differences between the film & the novel. I wonder had the novel had been published today, in a world of The Hunger Games, Divergent etc, it might have been a huge hit & inspired a whole series of films & merchandise spin offs. While ...more
Dori
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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Stacey
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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 exotic scenes.

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Rebecca McNutt
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Jamie
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A literary masterpiece this is not, but it's been influential to some extent in the world of sci-fi, especially film, and is good fun. Fueled by mid-20th century fears of global overpopulation, Logan's dystopian society is based on the concept of putting people out to pasture when they reach the ripe old age of 21 (30 in the film). It's rife with implausibilities and hastily explained settings and scene changes, but the action, at least, doesn't let up.
Michael
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Jakk Makk
Feb 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
A bitter disappointment after waiting years to acquire this. Minus one star for ubiquitous, unnamed, and unnecessary opening female point of view (third present?) Minus another for head hopping without achieving anything the main character couldn't have conveyed. Minus a third star for being repeatedly tossed into the deep end of this world's vocabulary and left to float without a life preserver.

Minus another star for trying to turn narrative into poetry ( I believe Stephen King labels this stu
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David Sarkies
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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 accomplish, otherwis
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Samantha
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Bill
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 just does ...more
Daniel Bastian
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
 ☆Ruth☆
This is a relatively short book but so packed full of action and fast-moving that I had to keep pausing and checking back to make sure I hadn't missed anything on the way! It's also the type of book that I would like to read twice: the first time to purely enjoy it and the second time to better understand it :D.
Cheryl
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's a bit different from the movie version. All action, with very little character development. I definitely liked the movie better.
David
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glad I finally read that! Very, very different than the film. Super-1960's Counter-culture artifact-ish. Think this time out I might actually like the film version better than the book.
Katy Berg
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Bren
A Great book that I first read many many years ago. I also saw the movie.

This book was so ahead of its time. I am writing a review because the more reviews Logan's has the better. There are so many people who think The Hunger Games started it all who have never even heard of this book let alone read it.

I am a big fan of Dystopian and have read all the big ones of the last decade. The Hunger Games trilogy, The Divergent trilogy, Matched ETC. Some are better then others. ...more
Checkman
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
Michael

.??? 80s?: i just discovered a very old paperback- with pictures!- and decided i remember it too much to rate it less than three. there are some great sequences (how could i forget the robotic civil war?) and some ... not very good. i never read the sequels and have not seen the film in years (decades...) but i guess cost/running time excised some parts. goofy fun...
Jose Moa
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Terri
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
Yolanda Sfetsos
In the last few years, I've read quite a few 20th century classics and have really enjoyed them.

This is not one of them.

I have to admit that I was never a big fan of the movie. I found it cheesy and boring, and it just didn't appeal to me when I watched it. Maybe it's because I was just a kid. Regardless, when I saw this available for the Kindle, I picked it up.

It's 2116 and no one lives past the age of 21. Everyone has a flower on their palm that changes colour as they
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Fonch
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Really 2,5 stars there are some things that not persuades me overall the support of this novel for the control of birth following the thesis of several plutocrats, and several organisms and the book with New-Malthusianism theories "Extinction" by Ehrlich, also the book loses a lot in the middle but in the ending the book recovers a bit./ Realmente 2,5 estrellas hay algunas cosas que no me convencen sobre todo la obsesión por el control de natalidad siguiendo la tesis de cierta plutocracia, y org ...more
Danielle N
For this review I actually did a "Book vs Film" post which can be found in full here.

Summary of my thoughts on just the book:

Logan's Run delivers a fun and fast paced take on an old and time tested familiar dystopian theme of population management. It tackles euthanasia and the ever elusive utopian society in what surely must have been a brazen manner at the time of publication. However, the story also experiences some limitations with the very reduced age of the population. It can be hard to process a socie/>Logan's/>Summary
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Mathew
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's easy to see why this book got picked up to become a movie. It's action from the start, and the pace never dips. The prose is spare but gets the job done; the occasional neologisms sprinkled throughout the text give it a futuristic flavor without getting as intrusive as (say) "A Clockwork Orange".

Sure, the backstory setting up the dystopia is implausible, as is the eventual truth of "Sanctuary", but it's a brisk, effortless and entertaining read, and that has to count for somethi
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Rick
This is the second time I've read this book and it got better with age I think. For those familiar with the film, there is a point at which the film diverges from the book, about midway through. There is some weirdness that never seems to get adequately explained in the book that occurs at about the same time the two narratives diverge, and I wonder if these surreal and psychedelic aspects of the book put the filmmakers off, so they decided to keep more or less grounded in less visual effects an ...more
Angela
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 www.amazon.co.uk it was ridiculously expensive for such a short book.

I’ve never seen the film all the way through, only the last half, perhaps ev
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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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