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Encyclopedia > The Running Man
Title The Running Man
Author Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Signet
Released 1982
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 336 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-451-19796-8

The Running Man (1982) is a science fiction novel by Stephen King, written under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. In 1987, the novel was loosely adapted into a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The story is about a man who competes in a deadly game show. Some critics draw parallels between The Running Man and current reality shows such as Survivor or Fear Factor. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... // Richard Bachman Richard Bachmans author photo. ... In political geography and international politics a country is a geographical entity, a territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... A signet is a seal used to authenticate a document, typically by leaving an impression in sealing wax. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The barcode of an ISBN . ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author best known for his bestselling horror novels. ... // Richard Bachman Richard Bachmans author photo. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... The Running Man is a film loosely based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, released in 1987, and was directed by Paul Michael Glaser, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... ... For the current season, see Survivor: Fiji. ... The fear factor in occupational terminology refers to the increased per-worker productivity resulting from the threat of impending layoffs. ...

Contents

Novel

Context

The dystopian theme of the book resembles that of another of King's books written as Bachman, The Long Walk. Both books appear in King's novel collection The Bachman Books. A dystopia (or alternatively cacotopia) is a fictional society, usually portrayed as existing in a future time, when the conditions of life are extremely bad due to deprivation, oppression, or terror. ... The Long Walk is a novel by Stephen King published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ... The Bachman Books is a collection of novels by Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ...


The game show in the book bears a resemblance to a game show posited in the 1958 Robert Sheckley short story "The Prize of Peril" (that story was itself the basis for two movies, the 1970 German TV movie Das Millionenspiel and the 1983 French film Le Prix du Danger). It has been speculated that the short story was the inspiration for The Running Man, though King has not confirmed this. Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 – December 9, 2005) was an American Jewish author. ... Le Prix du Danger is a 1983 French science fiction movie, directed by Yves Boisset. ...


Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The protagonist, Ben Richards, needs money for medicine for his gravely ill daughter Cathy. Not wanting his wife Sheila to continue prostitution to pay the bills, Richards turns to the Games Federation, which runs several violent TV game shows seen on the Network. Show contestants win money by surviving challenges such as Treadmill to Bucks, where a person with a heart condition runs on a treadmill. After rigorous testing, both physical and mental, Richards is selected for the most popular game, The Running Man. Whore redirects here. ... A woman on a treadmill. ...


Richards will be deemed an enemy of the state and then released with a twelve hour head start before an elite group of "Hunters" set out to kill him. The contestant and his family earn $100 per hour they remain alive, an additional $100 for each law enforcement officer or Hunter he kills, and a $1 Billion if he should survive for a month; the current record is 8 days. The Network pays civilians for confirmed sightings of the fugitive. Pollice Verso (With a Turned Thumb), an 1872 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, is a well known history painters researched conception of a gladiatorial combat. ...


The "runner" can travel anywhere in the world, and each day he must videotape two messages and courier them to the TV show. Without a videotaped message, he defaults the prize money, but the hunters will continue their search. Despite the producer's claims to the contrary, as soon as the Network receives a videotaped message, the hunters immediately know from the postmark the runner's approximate location. When the runner is caught, he or she is killed live on TV. In finance, default occurs when a debtor has not met its legal obligations according to the debt contract, e. ... This article is about the postal marking. ...


Richards eludes the hunters for more than ten days, traveling through New York to Boston. In Boston, he is tracked down by the Hunters and only manages to escape by setting off an explosion that kills five police officers and crawling through a sewer pipe. Next he hides in the impoverished Boston ghetto, where he learns that the air has become polluted on a massive scale, and that the poor live in appalling conditions, with high rates of asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis. A ghetto is an area where people from a specific racial or ethnic background live as a group in seclusion, voluntarily or involuntarily. ... The Lachine Canal, in Montreal, is badly polluted Pollution is the release of harmful environmental contaminants, or the substances so released. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi (medium-size airways) in the lungs. ...


Richards' next destination is Manchester, where he disguises himself as an elderly, half-blind priest. Richards manages to evade detection from the Hunters by having his tapes sent through a remailing service. After terrifying nightmares, Richards goes to a safehouse in Portland. When police close in, Richards is wounded, and hides in a partially finished shopping center. . ... This page is about a type of dream. ... A safe house is a location placed in the neighbourhood where a trusted adult or family or charity organisation has agreed to provide a safe place for battered wives and abused children to go to, when they feel that their life is threatened by domestic abuse. ...


The next morning, Richards realizes that he only has time until noon to mail his tapes directly to the Network; there is not time to use the remailing service. Commandeering a car, Richards takes a hostage and makes his way to an airport. Richards holds a lengthy standoff at the airport, and manages to bluff his way onto a plane. Police often train to recover hostages taken by force, as in this exercise For the 2005 film, see Hostage (film). ... A standoff is used in mechanics and electronics to separate two parts from one another. ... Bluffing is a form of Deception that involves a false show of confidence. ...


Killian offers Richards a job as a Hunter for the Network. Unbeknownst to Richards, his wife and daughter were brutally murdered ten days earlier. Richards overpowers the flight crew and is seriously wounded, in the shoulder and gut. With his last strength, he overrides the plane's autopilot and sets the plane to fly right into the Games Building, home of the Network and "The Running Man." The last thing Killian sees is Richards in the cockpit "giving him the finger" as the plane slams into the building. An autopilot is a mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic system used to guide a vehicle without assistance from a human being. ...

Spoilers end here.

Trivia

  • Stephen King stated in "Why I Was Bachman" that the entire novel was written in the space of seventy-two hours.
  • The plot for this book was an inspiration for the plot of the film, The Condemned, starring Stone Cold Steve Austin

The Condemned is a thriller film directed and written by Scott Wiper, and starring former WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

Film

The Running Man is a film loosely based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, released in 1987, and was directed by Paul Michael Glaser, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards. ...

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