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Movies > Books: Blade Runner

I’m willing to bet a lot of people aren’t aware that seminal sci-fi noir film Blade Runner is based on a novel. The awkwardly titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep forms the basis for the 1982 film. The film is a loose-ish interpretation of the book. The two entities are similar, yet different enough to make comparisons difficult. Even so, I’m going to give it a whirl.

Blade Runner is a film I didn’t initially like. I had seen the theatrical cut twice, and wrote it off as a failure. I ignored the international cut and director’s cut, because why would I watch additional cuts of a movie I didn’t like? Then, the final cut came out in 2007, and was much ballyhooed. So much so, that I decided to give the film one more chance. This time, I was blown away. Director Ridley Scott had perfected his dark, futuristic vision. What he had in his head when he filmed it was finally conveyed to the audience without studio tinkering. I liked it so much, I now consider it a masterpiece.

But what about the novel? This, too, I had actually read a long time ago, when I was a teenager, and unable to appreciate the nuances of it. I thought it was a weak-ass sci-fi novel which had been completely overhauled and improved upon in every aspect by the film. Even though I didn’t like the film at that time, I still considered it a vast improvement over the novel. I didn’t give it much thought in the years since. But with the release of the sequel film, Blade Runner 2049, I thought I’d revisit the source material. My intent was to write up what a piece of shit the book was compared to the superior film. But what I found was that the book was surprisingly great, too.

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Safety Nation’s First Review is Out

The very first review of Safety Nation has hit the net. Unlimited Book Reviews provides recommendations for books available under Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. Feel free to check out their website, they have lots of great recommendations.

Most importantly, they liked Safety Nation. Click here to read the full review. Or you can read on…

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Safety Nation Free This Weekend

If you haven’t picked up a copy yet (and you know who you are), then now is the time to do it. This weekend only (February 4-5), the ebook of Safety Nation will be completely free on Amazon. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get it already. Unless you hate things that are good. You don’t hate things that are good, do you?

Click here for your free copy of Safety Nation!


Safety Nation Review Copies Available

Do you have a blog where you frequently/occasionally/rarely review books? Or maybe you review movies, but are interested in reviewing something different?

Are you interested in a free copy of Safety Nation?

Well, today is your lucky day. If you are a blogger, and are interested in reading my novel (and how could you not be?), send me an email at: brikhaus81 at gmail dot com. I will send you a free review copy of the ebook. Of course,  you need to have an actual, legitimate website for this to work.

All you need to do is read the book and publish a review of it to get the word out to your readers. Pretty sweet deal, right?

If you’re interested, let me know. For those of you who have already grabbed copies, I hope you are enjoying it!


Safety Nation is Now Available

Today’s the day, my first novel, Safety Nation, is available for purchase! I hope you have enjoyed getting to read the first 100 pages, because now you have to buy the book to read the rest.

Here’s how you can buy it. For the first 90 days, Safety Nation will be available exclusively on Amazon. You can buy the ebook or the paperback. Once the 90-day exclusivity period is over, the ebook will be available from all the other major retailers. The paperback will always be exclusive through Amazon.

Of course, the ebook is cheaper, but let me take a minute to convince you to buy the paperback. Why? Because it’s fucking gorgeous, that’s why. It’s sturdy, professionally bound, and has a velvety matte finish. And let’s not forget how amazing the cover art it. I’m getting horny just thinking about it. The paperback also lets you see my chosen fonts, which isn’t possible on the Kindle format. With that, you just get whatever fonts come pre-loaded on the e-reader. Besides, in today’s digital world, isn’t it nice to hold an actual book in your hands?

If you’re worried about the price, don’t be. I only take home, like, 20% of the price, with the rest going back for production costs and Amazon’s cut. At the end of the day, I’m not making a killing off this thing. I just want you to read the best possible version of it.

If you still don’t believe me, have a look and see how well the book turned out.

You can get either the ebook or the paperback, it doesn’t really matter to me. Just as long as you read it!

Click here to purchase it.

Thanks, everyone, who helped make this book possible.


Safety Nation Chapter 11

There are only three more days until Safety Nation is published! Until then, enjoy one more chapter!

In case you have missed the chapters so far, here are links to them:

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5

Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10


Cover Art

As always, the chapter below, and entire novel, are copyrighted.

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Safety Nation by Logan Riley


I sipped my coffee, wishing it was hotter.

All of Healthcare Detail had swarmed onto Hospital Twelve. The facility was one of the major downtown healthcare centers. It was a gigantic building that served hundreds of patients a day.

Atwood walked at a brisk pace. The other agents hurried to keep up with her. I walked at my regular pace. I couldn’t run because I would spill my coffee.

I was so tired from last night’s investigation that I bought a cup of coffee from a Central Office vending machine. It tasted a month old and was lukewarm. Even so, I drank the sludge, eager for the caffeine to hit my brain.

At Healthcare Detail, Atwood pointed to the electronic map which displayed blueprints of Hospital Twelve. The map blinked and was replaced with the names and faces of three physicians. Atwood told us they were violating safety regulations and had to be arrested immediately. She assigned us each to a group of four. My team consisted of Zamyatan, Lowry, and Atwood herself.

Before the briefing adjourned, Atwood said, “This is a huge case, everyone. Career defining. Don’t screw this up for me.”

The other agents nodded in the affirmative. The bevy of people broke up and departed for the parking garage. My team piled into Zamyatan’s car. Zamyatan took the driver’s seat, Atwood the front passenger’s seat, and Lowry and I were consigned to the back.

“Nice to see you again,” I said to Lowry.

“Thanks,” she said, looking slightly ill.

The Auto-Driver engaged and the vehicle took off. Atwood craned around and looked at me, stone-faced. “Don’t get any ideas, Inspector Smith. I only put you with us so I could keep an eye on you. I don’t want you ruining this.”

“I wouldn’t dream of it.”

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Safety Nation Chapter 10

If you’d been thinking the plot of Safety Nation was a little scattered, I wouldn’t blame you for it. The entire first arc serves to set up the world and the main characters. It isn’t really until this point, Chapter 10, where things start to move forward at a brisker pace, and with the pieces starting to move together. This chapter is the jumping off point for the rest of the main storyline. And, I’ve only got a couple more chapters remaining to share with you, so I hope I’ll leave you wanting more, and you’ll buy a copy of the book.

In case you have missed the chapters so far, here are links to them:

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8

Chapter 9


Cover Art

As always, the chapter below, and entire novel, are copyrighted.

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Safety Nation by Logan Riley


I lumbered out to the parking lot. Lowry was nowhere in sight. I stood beside my car with one arm slung across the roof, and watched stragglers trickle out of the Central Office. Most had already left for the day, on time, as there was no reward for extra work.

On the far side of the lot, a larger group of agents were filing into the building. The night crew. Their faces were far less enthusiastic than the ones who were going home.

After a good thirty minutes of waiting, I decided I wasn’t going to see Lowry. She must have slipped out before Zamyatan and I had finished our work. Now the only thing I had to look forward to was a night with my demon-dog and troll-wife.

I got in my car and punched in the coordinates for the diner I frequented. I ate alone, slowly chewing a bland piece of meat.

Once I finished choking down dinner, I trudged back to my car. I sat inside for a long time, the engine off. I watched the sun drop below the horizon. The sky turned fiery orange, then dusky purple, then dark black. Fluorescent lights continued to burn over every inch of the city. For the streets and sidewalks, it was always the middle of the day.

I started the engine. The electric motor whirred to life. I input a new set of coordinates. The vehicle maneuvered out of the parking lot and into the street, carefully minding all traffic laws.

Before me stood a solid brick building with an affixed sign reading, “Clothing Incorporated.” The windows were dark. I walked toward the dormant factory, looking side to side, making certain no one was watching.

The front door was locked. I stepped off the sidewalk and walked to the right, alongside the building. When I reached what I thought was the manager’s office window, I attempted to open it. It was locked, too. I headed to the rear of the building, trying, and failing, to open every door or window I encountered.

The back door didn’t budge. I would have been inside already if I had my multi-tool. I would have to take a different approach. There was a long vertical window, at ground level, just to the right of the back door. I took off my hat and pressed it to the glass. I punched the hat as hard as I could.

I reeled back, clutching my hand as it throbbed with pain. The window, meanwhile, stood proudly, undamaged by my feeble attempt to break it.

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