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Logan's Run Hardcover – July 1, 1999
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"I'm excited to be partnered with Bluewater on this latest trek with Logan," said William Nolan "It has the potential to be a successful new chapter in the Logan saga. Logan lives!"
Aint it Cool News lauded that "Logan's Run: Last Day" definitely will have me back to the stores for more." --Am. Library Assoc.
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The world of Logan's Run (the novel) is one in which the idea of a youth-centric culture exists to the point where growing old is outlawed. In fact, on your 21st birthday (Last Day) you must report to be put to 'sleep' (think Soylent Green). Those who want to live longer must 'run' away to a mythical place called Sanctuary, but are pursued by the police called Sandmen who put them to sleep (get it?), but using a special bullet called a 'homer' which burns out the victim's nervous system.
Contrary to others here, the reason that Logan runs is to give meaning to his existence. The youth culture is all about fun, sex, drugs, and the like, and dying at 21 leaves little time to accomplish anything. Logan, being a Sandman on Last Day, believes that if he finds the legendary Sanctuary and destroys it, he will be remembered forever in song (no kidding). The book covers Logan's 'Run' through the complex maze toward Sanctuary put up by the underground that does not agree with the youth culture and wants things back the way they were. By the end of the book, Logan agrees.
This book is fun, adventurous, lyrical, and shows a ton more promise and imagination than the movie of the same name, which borrows the most basic concepts from the book, and changes the fantastic journey that Logan goes through from staunch conformist to idealistic rebel with the lame idea that a computer controls the world.
Read this book. The good news is that they've been planning a remake more true to the novel for some time. Hopefully we'll see Logan do a better Run in the near future.
Now picture this...there are no domes, and the life expectancy of the citizens is 21. There is no carrousel, people just have to show up to the local 7-11 on the last day of their lives to die. Logan (3, not 5) visits a drug clinic (the opposite of what you're thinking of), a brothel made of glass, and a "fire gallery". To get the book started, Logan meets his contact at sort of a party for peeping toms.
Sound bizarre? You're right, it is kinda strange, and it reads like it was written over a weekend. But it's compelling enough to option a script, and you can imagine how many rewrites it suffered to get to the screen.
Keep running, Logan.
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Better than the 70's movie even though I love that too. I recommend reading the trilogy to those that like distopian sci-fi novels.Published 3 months ago by sr
I read this book in high school and although it was a bit strange then, I re-read it for a graduate work entrance exam and comparison study. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lorizwritergal
Today I had it signed by one of the co-authors, William F Nolan, and he was not happy. He told me "I will not get a penny from this version of the book since the book is made... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MR S COOK
So, it doesn't measure up to my memory of reading it in the 80's. It's terribly sexist, rambling, and strangely, the characters aren't all that memorable. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mom
Completely awesome! They need to remake the movie too. Fast-paced, action-packed, and just deep enough for the intellectual. I've read a lot of sci-fi. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Trent Goldsmith
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... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Daniel Bastian
Great, a very short but great science fiction story . nothing like the movie! Hard to find but worth the search.Published 17 months ago by michael buchanan
This book shocked a generation, then got ruined by a movie. It's a mind-bending piece of work.Published 18 months ago by Jeff Sterling