By Roger Zelazny
Hell Tanner isn't this kind of man you'd mistake for a hero: he's a fast-driving automobile thief, a smuggler, and a stone-cold killer. He's additionally expendable at the very least within the eyes of the Secretary of site visitors for the state of California. Tanner doesn't care a lot for these eyes. You'd additionally by no means mistake Hell Tanner for a humanitarian. dealing with existence in felony for his quite a few crimes, he's given a call; rot away his ultimate years in a tiny reformatory telephone, or force cross-country and bring a case of antiserum to the plague-ridden humans of Boston, Massachusetts...if an individual continues to be alive there to obtain it, that's. the opportunity of an entire pardon does wonders for purchasing his recognition. And don't mistake this undertaking of mercy for any form of basic street journey - now not whilst there are radioactive storms, hordes of carniverous beasts, and huge, mutated scorpions to be chanced on alongside each lethal mile among l. a. and the East Coast. yet then, this is often no common a part of the US, you spot. this is often DAMNATION ALLEY.
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Do you enjoy playing nursemaid to a litter of groundhogs? No doubt the dowagers fight over a chance to eat at the captain's table. Fun, I'll bet. R. ' The answer came back: 'ROGER DODGER YOU OLD CODGER, I'VE LIMITED MY TABLE TO FEMALE PASSENGERS CIRCA AGE TWENTY SO I CAN KEEP AN EYE ON THEM – PREFERENCE GIVEN TO BLONDES AROUND FIFTY KILOS MASS. COME OVER FOR DINNER. ' Pollux looked out the port, caught the glint on theWar God. 'Why don't you take him up, Dad? ' 'Don't be silly. We haven't that much safety line, even at closest approach.
In fact they could be sure to be wrong in all three factors; the tiniest of errors at blast-off had a quarter of a million miles in which to multiply. But nothing could be done to compute the corrections for those errors for the next fifteen or twenty hours; the deviations had to be allowed to grow before they could be measured accurately. But the blast back to shape an ellipsoid home to Luna was a brand-new, unpremeditated problem. Captain Stone had not refused it out of laziness; he intended to do both problems but had kept his intention to himself.
Those bureaucrats! ' 'A mile isn't nearly enough, as you know darn well. ' Roger Stone shrugged. After the strain and excitement he was feeling let down and terribly weary; since blast-off he had been running on stimulants instead of sleep. 'I'm going to cork off for the next twelve hours. Get a preliminary check on our vector; if there's nothing seriously wrong, don't wake me. ' First check showed nothing wrong with their orbit: Hazel followed him to bed – 'bed' in a figurative sense, for Hazel never strapped herself to her bunk in free fall, preferring to float loosely wherever air currents wafted her.
Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny