damnation alley (1977)


Landmaster, 1977. A trinary wheel system articulated amphibious vehicle constructed by Jeffries Automotive in Universal City, California for the science fiction film Damnation Alley. All 12 wheels are driven, but only 8 are in contact with the road surface at any one time. The vehicle was steered by bending the middle section with hydraulic rams. 


Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny

My sinus infection kept me from finishing this book sooner - I’m very familiar with the film version which I’ve seen dozens of times as a kid. The book is drastically different than the film - darker, grittier and much more violent. 

“Hell Tanner” a violent criminal is recruited into driving from Los Angeles to Boston across a post-apocalyptic wasteland known as “Damnation Alley” to deliver plague vaccine in return for a full pardon for his crimes. Flamethrowers, biker gangs, mutated creatures, radiation victims, religious misfits all mix well - making me wish this version made it to the screen.

Pre-dating “Escape From New York” their are some familiar lines of dialogue about the thought to be dead outlaw known as Hell Tanner that fans might enjoy.

Overall a quick fun read … now I need to watch the film again.

Apologies if this isn’t as coherent as it should be my brains still recovering.