The seeds of the Little War were planted in a restless summer

Another classic; a sci-fi epic that skyrocketed the genre into new, shinier territories. This ’67 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson is basically a cult-classic household name, and it’s absolutely stood the test of time. The terror of dystopia, the thrill of the chase–and then, the subsequent run–for main Sandman Logan, the semi-surreal nudge of the prose; it all adds up to a brilliant amalgamation of  hyper-reality and futurist horror.

SIGHTS

Classic movie-style drawn-art poster cover with a lovely metallic foil red accent behind the title. 16 pages of full-color photo stills from Michael Anderson’s ’76 film.

SMELLS

Midsummer; the school’s woodworking shop. Sawdust settles on unused tabletops; dappled light sifts through slow-moving clouds in the darkened room, whispering sweet nothings to the mites in the corners. Hot hot heat beats down on the blacktop outside and insects sing a ripe chorus through the cracked window.

LOGAN’S RUN, WILLIAM F. NOLAN AND GEORGE CLAYTON JOHNSON, BANTAM BOOKS 1976

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET?

Paperback pocketbooks are lost treasures of a bygone era. At the height of their popularity, they were used as a way to inexpensively get normal-length and longer format novels out to the masses. Once considered disposable – the term “pulp” comes from the low-quality paper they were printed on, prone to discoloring and literally recycled into pulp if the books didn’t sell, less the cover – they’re now hailed as collector’s items; and rightfully so.