damnation alley (1977)

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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. 

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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.