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Karel Thole (1914–2000)

Author of Logan's Run

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Includes the names: KArel Thoie, C. A. M. Thole

Image credit: Karel Thole at 1971 Worldcon (Noreascon One) By Jay Kay Klein - Original publication: Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom (MS 381). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.Immediate source: Title: DC in '74 party, Noreascon One Date: 1971 Collection: Jay Kay Klein photographs and papers on science fiction fandom Owning Institution: UC Riverside, Library, Special Collections and University Archives Source: Calisphere Date of access: October 10 2020 03:11 Permalink: https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/86086/n2p849qk/, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65543505

Works by Karel Thole

Logan's Run (1967) — Illustrator — 1,224 copies
The Haunted Stars (1960) — Illustrator — 127 copies
The Weapon From Beyond (1967) — Illustrator — 99 copies
Danger from Vega (1966) — Illustrator — 11 copies
Il bambino nel forno — Illustrator — 1 copy
Com'era lassù e altri racconti — Illustrator — 1 copy
Droom mij dood — Illustrator — 1 copy
La stella della vita — Illustrator — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) — Illustrator, some editions — 38,739 copies
And Then There Were None (1939) — Illustrator, some editions — 21,187 copies
20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1870) — Cover artist, some editions — 18,366 copies
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980) — Cover artist, some editions — 18,294 copies
The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) — Cover artist, some editions — 15,905 copies
Flowers for Algernon (1966) — Cover artist, some editions — 15,752 copies
Life, the Universe, and Everything (1982) — Cover artist, some editions — 15,658 copies
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) — Cover artist, some editions — 14,288 copies
Foundation and Empire (1952) — Cover artist, some editions — 13,052 copies
Second Foundation (1953) — Cover artist, some editions — 12,010 copies
The Dispossessed (1974) — Cover artist, some editions; Cover artist, some editions — 10,685 copies
Foundation's Edge (1982) — Cover artist, some editions — 10,005 copies
The Red and the Black (1830) — Cover artist, some editions — 9,483 copies
The Lathe of Heaven (1971) — Cover artist, some editions — 6,502 copies
The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) — Cover artist, some editions — 6,150 copies
Friday (1982) — Cover designer, some editions — 5,021 copies
The Door into Summer (1956) — Cover artist, some editions — 4,060 copies
Pebble in the Sky (1950) — Cover artist, some editions — 3,703 copies
The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) — Cover artist, some editions — 2,947 copies
The Word for World is Forest (1972) — Cover artist, some editions — 2,900 copies
The Drowned World (1962) — Cover artist, some editions — 2,754 copies
High-Rise (1975) — Cover artist, some editions — 2,501 copies
The Wind's Twelve Quarters: Stories (1975) — Cover artist, some editions — 2,355 copies
Time Out of Joint (1959) — Cover artist, some editions — 2,301 copies
Beyond This Horizon (1942) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,971 copies
The Space Merchants (1953) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,936 copies
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,786 copies
A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born (1985) — Cover designer, some editions — 1,629 copies
The Little World of Don Camillo (1948) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,295 copies
The Compass Rose (1982) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,277 copies
Camp Concentration (1968) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,123 copies
The Man Who Folded Himself (1973) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,043 copies
Hard to be a god (1964) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,006 copies
The Drought (1964) — Cover artist, some editions — 987 copies
Necromancer (1962) — Cover artist, some editions — 959 copies
All My Sins Remembered (1977) — Cover artist, some editions — 826 copies
Isle of the Dead (1970) — Cover artist, some editions — 805 copies
The Flying Sorcerers (1971) — Cover artist, some editions — 699 copies
334 (1967) — Cover artist, some editions — 691 copies
The Alteration (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 685 copies
A Choice of Gods (1972) — Cover artist, some editions — 671 copies
Planet of Adventure (1980) — Cover artist, some editions — 641 copies
The Werewolf Principle (1967) — Cover artist, some editions — 615 copies
Dimension of Miracles (1968) — Cover artist, some editions — 593 copies
Mindswap (1965) — Translator, some editions — 577 copies
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (1979) — Cover designer, some editions — 542 copies
Eric in the Land of the Insects (1939) — Illustrator, some editions — 509 copies
The Status Civilization (1960) — Cover artist, some editions — 493 copies
Davy (1964) — Cover artist, some editions — 489 copies
The Merchants' War (1984) — Cover artist, some editions — 460 copies
Comrade Don Camillo (1963) — Illustrator, some editions — 438 copies
Warm Worlds and Otherwise (1975) — Cover artist, some editions — 428 copies
Earthworks (1965) — Cover artist, some editions — 413 copies
Galactic Empires, Volume One (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 408 copies
Galactic Empires, Volume Two (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 391 copies
Ancient, My Enemy (1974) — Cover artist, some editions — 363 copies
Earthman's Burden (1951) — Cover artist, some editions — 354 copies
Journey Beyond Tomorrow (1962) — Cover artist, some editions — 352 copies
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Cover artist, some editions — 340 copies
Untouched by Human Hands (1954) — Cover artist, some editions — 324 copies
Michaelmas (1977) — Cover artist, some editions — 323 copies
Mission to Universe (1965) — Cover artist, some editions — 322 copies
A Wreath of Stars (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 321 copies
The Steel Tsar (1981) — Cover artist, some editions — 307 copies
Born under Mars (1966) — Cover artist, some editions — 290 copies
Other Days, Other Eyes (1972) — Cover artist, some editions — 288 copies
In Our Hands, the Stars (1970) — Cover artist, some editions — 285 copies
City Come A-Walkin' (1980) — Cover artist, some editions — 266 copies
Sturgeon in Orbit (1951) — Cover artist, some editions — 253 copies
St. Ives (1897) — Cover artist, some editions — 237 copies
Tales from Gavagan's Bar (1953) — Cover artist, some editions — 230 copies
The Disciples of Cthulhu (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 219 copies
Crompton Divided (1978) — Cover artist, some editions — 212 copies
The Shores of Space (1951) — Cover artist, some editions — 208 copies
Victim Prime (1987) — Cover artist, some editions — 185 copies
Mutant 59: The Plastic-Eaters (1971) — Cover artist, some editions — 183 copies
The Ebb-Tide (1879) — Illustrator, some editions — 180 copies
Time after Time (1979) — Cover artist, some editions — 175 copies
The Wailing Asteroid (1960) — Cover artist, some editions — 173 copies
The Steel Crocodile (1970) — Cover artist, some editions — 164 copies
The Book of Brian Aldiss (1972) — Cover artist, some editions — 164 copies
The Mind Thing (1961) — Cover artist, some editions — 161 copies
World Enough, and Time (1980) — Cover artist, some editions — 160 copies
Operation: Outer Space (1954) — Cover artist, some editions — 158 copies
The Robot Who Looked Like Me [collection] (1978) — Cover artist, some editions — 145 copies
The Greks bring gifts (1964) — Cover artist, some editions — 139 copies
Battle for the Stars (1961) — Cover artist, some editions — 136 copies
The Jester at Scar (1970) — Cover artist, some editions — 133 copies
The Aquiliad (1983) — Cover artist, some editions — 131 copies
The Mercy Men (1968) — Cover artist, some editions — 128 copies
Galactic Empires {complete} (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 124 copies
Dramocles: An Intergalactic Soap Opera (1983) — Cover artist, some editions — 119 copies
Operation Terror (1962) — Cover artist, some editions — 104 copies
Time's Dark Laughter (1982) — Cover artist, some editions — 104 copies
The Napoleons of Eridanus (1970) — Cover artist, some editions — 104 copies
Where Were You Last Pluterday? (1968) — Cover artist, some editions — 102 copies
Farewell, Earth's bliss (1966) — Cover artist, some editions — 96 copies
The Book of Gordon Dickson (1970) — Cover artist, some editions — 94 copies
Wonderlijke nachten (1949) — Illustrator, some editions — 74 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 16th Series (1967) — Cover designer, some editions — 69 copies
A Whiff of Madness (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 66 copies
Noah II (1970) — Cover artist, some editions — 64 copies
Supermind (1963) — Cover artist, some editions — 64 copies
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series I (1971) — Cover artist, some editions — 61 copies
Blue Face (1971) — Cover artist, some editions — 58 copies
Down by the Old Blood Stream (1971) — Illustrator, some editions — 54 copies
Joan of Arc Replay (1973) — Cover artist, some editions — 48 copies
Mirror in the Sky (1969) — Cover artist, some editions — 47 copies
A Cold Wind from Orion (1980) — Cover artist, some editions — 32 copies
The Barons of Behavior (1972) — Cover artist, some editions — 24 copies
Het doosje — Illustrator — 20 copies
Brinkman (1981) — Cover artist, some editions — 16 copies
Lexikon der Science Fiction Literatur 2 (1980) — Cover artist — 16 copies
La decima vittima (1965) — Cover artist, some editions — 16 copies
Mag ik Nina even? (1979) — Cover artist, some editions — 16 copies
Promenades au bord du gouffre (1978) — Cover artist, some editions — 13 copies
De gelaarsde kat : vertelling van een merkwaardige strafzaak (1949) — Illustrator, some editions — 11 copies
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazin I. (1978) — Cover artist, some editions — 10 copies
De onsterfelijke (1880) — Cover artist, some editions — 10 copies
Die Gebeine des Bertrand Russell (1984) — Cover artist, some editions — 9 copies
Ganymedes 3 (1978) — Cover artist — 9 copies
Drie SF-novellen (1978) — Cover artist, some editions — 8 copies
Ganymedes 8 — Cover artist — 8 copies
Ganymedes 2 (1977) — Cover artist — 7 copies
De moeder — Illustrator, some editions — 7 copies
Sonne auf Kredit : Science-fiction-Roman. (1975) — Cover artist, some editions — 7 copies
Ganymedes 4 (1979) — Cover artist — 5 copies
Gogols Frau. Internationale Science Fiction Erzählungen. (1994) — Cover artist, some editions — 5 copies
Stellar Assignment (1979) — Cover artist, some editions — 4 copies
Die wahre Lehre — nach Mickymaus (1993) — Cover designer, some editions — 4 copies
Un passo avanti e due indietro — Cover artist, some editions — 3 copies
Papa Godzilla (1989) — Cover artist, some editions — 3 copies
Workuta : Weg zur Knechtschaft (1948) — Cover artist, some editions — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Thole, Karel
Legal name
Thole, Carolus Adrianus Maria
Other names
Thole, C. A. M.
Birthdate
1914-04-20
Date of death
2000-03-26
Nationality
Netherlands
Birthplace
Bussum, North Holland, Netherlands
Place of death
Cannobio, Piedmont, Italy
Places of residence
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Education
State Drawing School, Amsterdam
Occupations
illustrator
Awards and honors
Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Bester Graphiker/Künstler ∙ 1994)
Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Sonderpreis Lebenswerk ∙ 1997)
Short biography
Carolus Adrianus Maria Thole wurde am 20. April 1914 in Bussum (ca. 20 km von Amsterdam entfernt) in Holland als zweites von elf Kindern geboren. Die Familie Thole gehörte dem Mittelstand an, sein Vater war als Handels-vertreter tätig, seine Mutter kam aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum. Karel Thole war in der Schule nur mässiger Erfolg beschieden, aber seine künstlerische Neigung war nicht zu leugnen. Nach der Mittelschule in Hilversum, besuchte er deshalb die staatlichen Zeichenschule in Amsterdam und kam so in den Genuß eines freien Eintritts in alle städtischen Museen. Im Sommer 1953 kam Karel Thole das erstemal nach Italien und finanzierte seine Reise durch seine Zeichnungen. Zurück in Holland begann er seine Arbeit als Titelbildillustrator, und im Laufe der nächsten Jahre arbeitete er teilweise für mehr als 20 Verleger. 1958 übersiedelte er ganz nach Italien, genauer gesagt nach Mailand. Karel Thole sprach Holländisch, Deutsch, Italienisch, Französisch und Englisch und sah sich selbst nicht mehr als Holländer, sondern als Europäer.

Karel Tholes Werke sind eindeutig vom Werk der Surrealismus geprägt, und unter seinen Vorbilder waren Max Ernst, Salvador Dali und Rene Magritte. Über viele Jahre hinweg prägten seine Titelbilder das Gesicht der SF in Europa und vor allem in Deutschland. Er wurde 1973 in Toronto beim damaligen WorldCon mit einem Spezialpreis ausgezeichnet, weitere Würdigungen folgten. Unter dem Titel "Visionen des Unwirklichen: Die phantastischen Bilder des Karel Thole" erschien 1982 eine Sammlung seiner besten Illustrationen in Deutschland. 1986 mußte Karel Thole seine Arbeit aufgrund eines Augenleidens fast komplett einstellen.

Karel Thole erhielt u.a. zweimal den Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (wird seit 1981 im Bereich der Science Fiction im deutschsprachigen Raum vergeben): 1994 als bester Graphiker/Künstler und 1997 als Sonderpreis für sein Lebenswerk.

In der Nacht zum 26. März 2000 verstarb Karel Thole im Alter von 85 Jahren in seinem Haus in Cannobio am Lago Maggiore (Italien). Karel Thole war als SF-Illustrator weltweit bekannt, seine Werke zierten aber vor allem die SF&F-Ausgaben des Heyne-Verlags, Gruselheftromane (VHR + DämonenKiller) des Pabel-Verlages und von Mondadori in Italien. 
(Quellen: Text: 18. April 2000 - Autor: Florian Breitsameter bei SF-Fan.de, Locus, Heyne SF-Magazin 1, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)

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Reviews

Story: 7 / 10
Characters: 6
Setting: 7.5
Prose: 4

Themes: Old, obligation, youth, war, work
 
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MXMLLN | 34 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
An enjoyable short novel that moves fast, as you might expect from what is essentially a long chase. Significantly different from the film.
 
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bloftin2 | 34 other reviews | May 4, 2023 |
Though I was incredibly excited about the premise of this book, it ended up being centered around action and fighting instead of the dystopia.

This book was written in 1967, so for an entirely different audience than today, which made the writing style intriguing to look at.

As soon as the premise is established, Logan goes on the run and the book turns into an action story, with chases and racing, gypsies and monsters, various climates, and all types of things that are out to kill the pair. Though they were running because of their age, it really wasn't that different than if they'd been branded murderers or something and then had everyone come after them.

The history behind the premise was a little hard for me to digest. In the year 2000, the population of Earth had hit 6 billion and a movement had started to get everyone to die at 21. The youth eventually overthrew all politicians and city councilmen and took over. Nolan's optimism is cute--while there are a lot of youth, the likelihood of American politicians relinquishing power just like that is laughable. He hit the nail on the head with the population issue though.

Another problem I had with the story was in how society functioned. Kids from 14-21 were considered adults. While I think young adults often get a bad rep, it's hard to imagine them being mature enough for the jobs they needed to perform and to look after the other two-thirds of the population. I often found myself feeling like Logan was a lot older and more jaded than a mere 21-year-old.

It was extremely cool to see the technology that Nolan created for this book. While there's an elaborate transportation system to get people around, cell phones aren't a thing, showing how times have changed. Nolan didn't put much time into describing how this technology worked though, and I got kind of confused by how quickly they warped between scenarios.

My favourite scene was one in which he used a new technology to relive parts of his own life. This was a cool gimmick that allowed me to see what growing up in this world was like without having Logan recount it.

For what it was, this book was a good action story, but I thought the dystopian aspect could have been much stronger. I mainly enjoyed it for its age and different style, but I'm not much of a fan of chases and adventure, so I probably didn't appreciate it to its fullest extent.

Overall, though I won't be reading the sequels, I'm glad I did finally get my hands on a copy of this book.
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whakaora | 34 other reviews | Mar 5, 2023 |
This book is one of his better works.

Edmond Hamilton was a prolific SF writer of the 1920s-1960s He wrote dozens of short stories for the Pulp magazines and over 50 novels during his career. He was also the husband of the more famous writer Leigh Brackett. Most of his work was typical middle grade space adventures but he could churn them out like a machine. Once in a while he would write a really good one. This is one of the good ones. I really liked it.
 
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