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Logan's Run

(Logan #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  10,484 ratings  ·  653 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
Paperback, 149 pages
Published August 1st 1976 by Bantam Books (first published 1967)
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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 suspension of
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction & speculative fiction fans
Over the last several years I've watched a number of 70s science fiction movies: ( Logan's Run, Soylent Green, Westworld, etc.) and read the books when I could. I finally got a copy of Logan's Run and gave it a read.

I liked this but I have to admit that I think the movie is more engaging. Perhaps that's simply because it was my introduction to the story. I'll just mention here what I most liked and didn't in the book. The characters beyond Logan and Jessica (and maybe Francis to an extent) were
Richard Derus
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, returned
Real Rating: 2.5* of five

I remembered this book fondly. The summer the film came out, I drove my licenseless buds to the Village Multiplex in Pygge, my 1968 Bonneville. (We'd passed the book around our Scooby-group, drinking it in.) There Michael York cheekboned his way into my, um, heart shall we say, and the rest of the film...and the entirety of the book...faded into insignificance.

Netflix loses the film on January 1st. I figured I'd rewatch it, while I give the book another go; after all, th
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...


Just saw that Ni
Jun 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2008
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
Sometimes classic science-fiction isn't as good as one hopes. While a better written novel than the sequel it isn't as fun. As pointed out by Stacey it's really nothing more than a glorified chase through a exotic series of sets. The future world of "Logan's Run" isn't as developed as it should be while predictions of future events are wildly off the mark; weighing the story down and hurting it as a result. A product of it's time (late Sixties) it's also apparent that the authors (who were in th ...more
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 I would recommend the bo ...more
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.
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 ...more
Love of Hopeless Causes
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
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
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. ...more
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 the book first. So, fina
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
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 accompl
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 ju ...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
This might be the worst book I have read this year.

Here is the plot: In a dystopian future world, nobody should live for more than 21 years. They should go to ‘Sleep’. Logan who is a sandman - policeman of the future - who catches the ‘runners’ (people who run instead of going to ‘Sleep’ when their time has come), decides to become a ‘runner’ himself when it is his time to die.

End of the Story. Really.

William F. Nolan never thought beyond this point. Even the end could not salvage this wreck o
Cool idea which inspired many other works of science fiction. Although it's pretty action-packed, I wasn't attached to the characters and the story fell a little flat for me. I won't continue in the series. ...more
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. ...more
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Lady Delacour
Beginning Interesting.
Middle Uninteresting.
Ending Interesting.
2 Ok Stars.
Mild Foul Language.
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
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.

But Logan's run is one of t
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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. ...more

.??? 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...
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
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.
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 age. And when it turns f
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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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