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Logan's Run di William F Nolan
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Logan's Run (originale 1967; edizione 1976)

di William F Nolan (Autore)

Serie: Logan's Run (1)

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The classic dystopian novel in which youth rules the world and good citizens must die when they turn twenty-one, or run for the mythical Sanctuary chased by deadly Sandmen.
Titolo:Logan's Run
Autori:William F Nolan (Autore)
Info:Bantam Books X2517 (1976), Edition: First Thus, 148 pages
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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 published forty years later.

There's also plot holes. I mean, you have a computer that implants a crystal in your hand that blinks 21 years later to warn you to go to Sleep. Why couldn't the computer--the Thinker--simply implant a kill-switch as well?

Still, for all of that, coming at the story now from a guy who's old enough to be well into his third lifespan by the book's standards, I still enjoyed it, and look forward to the next couple in the series. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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, they're part of my formative years, so as I enter the last laps let's look back to the track, eh what?

You would think that, by now, I'd know better.

The book is just plain bad. The prose rises to the dizzying heights of serviceability a couple times, all the way up the slope of passable; the bulk of the 150pp are spent on the Plains of Puerility. A pair of fortyish numpties wrote about a world in which they'd be dead twenty years. It went about as well as that makes it sound. It's sexist, of course; it was ground-breaking for its day because the hedonism of its society isn't particularly concerned about who you do since there are no children born of sexual congress. Makes the property base of marriage pretty useless, so marriage simply isn't.

But the big draw, the martial arts bits, are tame and tedious 50 years on. (It came out in 1967, the film in 1976.) The action scenes are mildly fun. The story's versions of Logan and Francis are in a whole father/son dynamic that never gets much of anywhere because, well, you did see the page count, right? The ending takes place in Space. I won't say why, but it is the trippiest piece of dumbfuckery I can imagine. These guys were tripping when they wrote the ending, there's no other excuse. End it does, however, so I shook my head and started streaming the film.

Rob was here that day. He hadn't heard of the book or the film. He flipped through the book a bit and quietly reshelved it after about ten minutes. "Ready to see the film?" I asked; "not really" was the honest reply. Luckily Michael York is there from the get-go, cheekbones a-jut and body firmly and revealingly encased in a spiffy dark costume. I heard no further nose-sighs from little spoon...until a scene where Logan/Michael dials up a sex worker and gets, on his first try, a man.


"Hey, even *I* had older mentors," I said. "Wait for the robot butcher scene. That's when we get to see Logan and Jessica naked!"

And that is pretty much it. The naked scene isn't him naked, it's just her, and some artfully obscured extras who earned that paycheck; a bit disappointing, but obscured by the fact that the film takes a turn for the idiotic from there on out. We ended up wondering what the hell was the point of this exercise, how far breaking ground can go in keeping a creative endeavor in active circulation. I think it's time to let this one slide into the background and we should pack it away in shredded copies of the awful book it was inspired by but doesn't much resemble. ( )
  richardderus | Dec 28, 2019 |
Originally published in 1967, Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan is a classic science fiction story that has very little in common with the 1976 film of the same name. The setting is a 23rd century dystopian ageist society where, due to over-population, everyone is put to death at age 21. A person’s age is measured by his embedded palm crystal that changes color every seven years. When it turns black that person is required to turn himself in to be eliminated.

Logan, who is the main character, is a Sandman, an enforcer who hunts and kills anyone who tries to ‘run’ from the society ordered execution. When his hand starts to blink black, he decides to spend his last day trying to infiltrate an underground railroad that helps runners who are seeking Sanctuary. Travelling with a female runner, Jessica 6, the reader can sense that Logan is undergoing a change and that this ‘run’ is becoming very real.

Logan’s Run is not a very long book and with it’s non-stop action sequences, it was a very quick read. It’s very much a product of it’s time (1960’s) and there wasn’t a lot of plot or world building just various chase scenes through a decaying world but it was a fun action/adventure read. I am actually surprised that this book hasn’t been adapted into a graphic novel as I think it would work well in that format. ( )
1 vota DeltaQueen50 | Apr 25, 2019 |
A brief, fun dystopian read. I like the way the chapter numbers count down from the beginning of the book. To be fair the book is more fun if you haven't seen the movie. ( )
  SFF1928-1973 | Aug 16, 2018 |
Aaaaghhhh I have such mixed feelings about this book.

I remember watching Logan's Run with my dad growing up and being fascinated by the dystopian world. I came across this book randomly on my classic dystopia spree last year and decided to add it to my collection. And in many ways, I'm glad I read it. But it's all hot/cold, yes/no with this book.

1. Back in the 1960s, the world wasn't brimming with dystopias. In fact, science-fiction mostly regulated itself to the B-rated films even then. Star Wars changed that in the 70s and Marvel again in the 2000s, but at the time, there wasn't the populous overload of science-fiction that we have today. Logan's Run is a fascinating and original dystopia way before its time.

2. But on the other hand, the era during which Logan's Run was written is clearly visible in its pages. Sensitivity was far less important in the 1960s, and while this book is certainly not the strongest example of racism, Logan runs into a group of "gypsies". This would be more tolerable if the word were just used, but the group strongly resembles the vision of Native Americans circa Disney's Peter Pan and it's pretty inexcusable. From the dialect to the drug-induced haze (requiring an antidote or you'll die!) this story could have gone entirely without that scene.

3. The world building here otherwise is pretty good. Considering the fact that this is written 50 years ago, Logan's world doesn't feel old-fashioned or disjointed. Writing a futuristic science-fiction novel where the world building holds up half a century later is no small feat.

4. But I do have one nitpick with a world building choice - the way Logan's Run works is that all individuals are euthanized at age 21. I understand that within this context, maturity is different and laws would be different... but we don't live that way in our society, so looking in felt sort of uncomfortable at times. For example: very uncomfortable when Logan goes to a brothel and is propositioned by a thirteen-year-old. Again, within the laws of this world's aging design, Logan would have been the equivalent of an 88-year-old and she would have been 52, in comparing to actual human life expectancies verses their controlled environment... but still... no.

5. The complexities of Logan's character are interesting, and we get a great sense of his inner struggle between finding purpose and survival. This train of thought makes for a decent twist near the end, actually.

6. But in comparison, Jessica is a useless pile of dead weight that Logan carries along only because she was also running and had a key? Through the entire book, I couldn't come up with a better reason for him to keep this character along. Johnson and Nolan certainly didn't waste any time giving her depth or interest, so she might as well be a robot.

7. Considering the fact that this book is about a run - a journey - the pacing is incredibly fast and you are bulleted into a lot of different, fascinating worlds. This is awesome to keep interest to the story and further explore the world building. The zig-zag nature of their travels is also important to the falling structure of society. I personally enjoyed the Molly stop the best, and wanted to see more there.

8. But also because of this fast pacing, you barely have time to acclimate to one setting before - BAM! - you're shot off across from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the Black Hills of Dakota and I don't really understand how the maze works or how the cars can move that quickly through the elements without danger when the platforms themselves are falling apart? I felt like I was on a rollercoaster ride and I just needed to breathe and unravel the threads but NOPE, off again.

9. At the end, the authors threw in three character twists and the best and my absolute favorite was that of Ballard's identity. This was definitely not in the film and something I didn't expect at ALL. Literally, the twist came in the last five pages and I was really, really pleased with it.

10. But the OTHER twist (I think this was supposed to be a twist) was so underwhelming that I'm simply going to reveal it to you. It was so inconsequential that I just sort of shrugged and shooed Jessica off to go do things somewhere else. Right at the end, while Logan is dealing with his twist, Jessica announces in a whine that she cannot leave because she loves Logan. So, um, I guess that was supposed to be a romantic subplot? The romantic subplot did not work.

So, can you see my dilemma? It was a good story, but it was hindered by the authors and the period in which it was written. The entire time I was reading this, all I could think was that it really needed to be rewritten in a modern voice with the same world and concept because the idea and the story were good, but there were ruinous moments and flat characters and I am all sorts of frustrated with how good/bad this was. ( )
2 vota Morteana | Jan 15, 2018 |
[...] even though talking about Logan’s Run elicits mostly snickers and spoofs, the source material is actually worth a serious look because it presents one of the more colorful and interesting dystopias in SF literature.
aggiunto da r.orrison |, Ryan Britt (Apr 14, 2011)

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Nolan, William F.autore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Johnson, George Claytonautore principaletutte le edizioniconfermato
Saunier, ClaudeTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Wilson, Daniel H.Prefazioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Wyman, OliverNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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To all the wild friends we grew up with -- and who were with us when we wrote this book:

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Her hair was matted, her face streaked and swollen.
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Box lived in a white world. He moved in storms of dusted ice and loneliness. He did not tire; he was never cold; a part of him never slept. His world was porcelain and pale marble, alabaster and bone ivory. He made castles of bergs and palaces of glacier cliffs. He cloud-wandered the frozen immensities. And was content.
Runners say *please*; runners say *help*; runners say *mercy*; runners say *don't*.

Doyle had said *Sanctuary*.
[M]ost of his people were under fifteen, but what they lacked in maturity they made up for in fanaticism.
Dying young is a waste and a shame and a perversion. The young don't build. They use. The wonders of Man were achieved by the mature, the wise, who lived in this world before we did. There was an *Old* Lincoln after the young one.
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