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"It was my preferred entertainment when I was a kid, so when I set out to be a writer, it was perfectly natural that I should write the sort of stories that I used to enjoy reading."
- John Brunner

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

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