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"I would say 75% of the economy is now being run by ex-science-fiction fans."
- Greg Bear

Palm Flower  
  It's like a life clock.  

"Show me your hand, Logan," said the psyc doctor.

Logan obeyed.

"Do you know why you have this?" he said, tapping the palmflower with an index finger.

"To tell my age," said Logan.

"And how old are you?"

"I'm six."

And what happens when you are seven?"

"It goes to blue... and I leave the nursery."

From Logan's Run, by William Nolan (w/G.C. Johnson).
Published by Unknown in 1967
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The implanted palm flower changes color every seven years; yellow (age 06), then blue (age 713), then red (age 1420), then blinks red and black on Lastday, and finally turns black at age 21 - state-mandated death.

Compare to the cardioplate from Harlan Ellison's 1965 novel Repent Harlequin, Said the TickTockMan.

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