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    William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Logan's Run. New York: 1967. First edition, with two-page ALS.

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    William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Logan's Run. New York: The Dial Press, 1967. First edition, accompanied by an Autograph Letter, signed (ALS), two pages, dated 20 May 1978, from Nolan to "Dear Kirby" [McCauley], signed "Bill," on plain letter-size paper. Octavo. [x], [134] pages. Publisher's red paper-covered boards, spine lettered in black, in original dust jacket. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with restoration of spine ends. Still, a somewhat better example of the jacket than is usually found.

    An American future technological dystopia run by a computer system known as The Thinker where all men and women are killed at age 21. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-812. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 305.

    Letter asks about a possible assignment for Twilight Zone Magazine and mentions he will be going (with Ray Bradbury) to a party sponsored by the magazine at the Griffith Observatory. Complains that he is behind schedule with his outline of Logan's World. Adds up what he has in the bank and what's due to come in ("with 4 [thousand dollars] more to add if I sell the Porsche in the next week or so."). Estimates that he has been averaging $8,000 a month from his writing over the past 18  months. Contrasts his situation with that of his fellow Los Angeles writer Dennis Etchison, "who had 25 cents total when I talked to him last, and who was helping with a student's term paper, for $10.00 eating money! He's going 'nuts' he says, waiting for his novel to sell.") An emotionally charged letter, conveying a good sense of life in the fast lane in LA (and life in the breakdown lane). Nolan, writer and editor, active in popular fiction genres since the 1950s, is perhaps best known for Logan's Run and its sequels and adaptations (for the big screen and TV). Kirby McCauley was probably the most important literary agent of horror, fantasy and sf writers in the boom years of the 1970s and 1980s. Small damp stain smearing of several words, else fine.



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