2021-07-21 00:55:28 UTC
William F. Nolan, Sci-Fi Author of 'Logan's Run,' Dead at 93
Prolific author wrote hundreds of nonfiction pieces, poems,
and screenplays in addition to his science fiction work
William F. Nolan, the science fiction author best known for
co-penning the 1967 classic Logan's Run with the late George
Clayton Johnson, has died, a representative confirmed to
Rolling Stone. He was 93.
Nolan passed away on July 15th after a brief hospital stay
following complications from an infection.
The prolific author penned hundreds of works that stretched
beyond the limits of sci-fi into nonfiction, poetry, and
biographies, but he rose to prominence after the publication
of Logan's Run, which told the story of a domed city in the
year 2116 where citizens were euthanized at age 21 to control
the population. The novel was adapted into a 1976 film
starring Michael York.
Born on March 6th, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, as the only
child of an adventurer and a stenographer, Nolan grew up a
fan of comics and pulp novels, particularly the works of Jack
Kirby. After his family relocated to Chula Vista, California,
after World War II, he developed a talent for drawing, but
later became fascinated with sci-fi writing after being
introduced to author Ray Bradbury. Nolan's first book, 1952's
Ray Bradbury Review, was a compilation of short stories,
nonfiction, and artwork by Bradbury and several other writers
and illustrators, including Chad Oliver.
Much of Nolan's work revolved around fanzines and commissioned
artwork before he sold his first professional piece,
"The Darendinger Build-Up," to Playboy. In addition to his
published work, Nolan also worked as a screenwriter, primarily
for director Dan Curtis, and was a member of the writing
collective "The Group" that also consisted of Johnson, Oliver,
Charles Beaumont, Kris Neville, Mari Wolf, and more.
Another adaptation of Logan's Run is currently in the works at
Warner Bros., and as recently as last month, Nolan was
outspoken about how he wished for the new project to skew
closer to the original book.
"I am not a fan of the idea that Logan should be female," Nolan
told THR. "Mainly because Logan's story is his story. If there
is another story, then that could be in a TV episode or
something, but it would not be Logan's story. That would be a
different character. Just changing to a woman to be fashionable
doesn't work, and George told me he felt the same. George was
always tougher on the movie than I was. Over the years I came
over more to his side about it, which is why I'd like to see it
remade with the current technology. I also think it would be a
really good streaming series, like Westworld."