I recently read Logan’s Run by George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan after completing the film (for the millionth time, during one of my late night, classic sci-fi binges). I quickly noticed some pretty interesting differences. Below is a brief comparison of the two, followed by my thoughts. I have chosen to omit a few significant variations for the sake of avoiding spoilers.
Both the film and the book offer an enjoyable throwback to classic sci-fi that instantly reminds us of why we enjoy the genre. The book manages to accomplish an impressive amount over a very small span of time. Tackling the age-old familiar dystopian theme of population management, it supplies an interesting take on euthanasia and the ever elusive utopian society. However, the story also experiences limitations itself with the very reduced age of the population. It can be hard to process a society where the entire Earth never ages beyond 21. I think that while the film writers and directors chose to deviate from multiple aspects of the original story, they did so wisely. Increasing the life span to 30 and limiting these restrictions to a domed city opened up endless possibilities and expanded beautifully on an already brilliant concept. Watching Logan’s Run now has the added luxury of a satisfyingly nostalgic and fun kitsch vibe that many fans of science fiction can deeply appreciate.
2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt: A book by an author with the same first or last name as you.
Have you read or seen Logan’s Run? What are your thoughts?
Happy Reading & Watching!