I’ve got a confession to make. No matter how much I loved reading sci-fi, playing Car Wars, and watching sci-fi films I have — to this day — never read Roger Zelazny’s Damnation Alley*. It’s one of those books I was always “going to get around to,” but then decades passed and it’s suddenly 2015. 2015? The novel is close to 50-years old and I haven’t read it? That’s inexcusable!
Today, way too long after I should have stepped up and handled this problem, I take action and finally read the book. I’ve got a paperback copy of Damnation Alley* to shove in my backpack, a three-hour flight, and I’m going to do everything I can to not work on the flight and instead read a book.
This won’t be easy. All too often I find flights one of the best times to work, and it’s not at all unusual for dozens of emails to fire off to the world once I reach land and internet access. But, when I force myself, flights can also be a great time to read. On the flight home Sunday I was reading Harvard Business Review’s Creating Business Plans*, but for today’s flight I think I’ll switch gears and enjoy a novel.
Is it irresponsible of me to use a three-hour flight to read a novel? Probably. But I could use the time to decompress and recover before I jump into a constant stream of meetings.
Hell Tanner isn’t the sort of guy you’d mistake for a hero: he’s a fast-driving car thief, a smuggler, and a stone-cold killer. He’s also expendable – at least in the eyes of the Secretary of Traffic for the Nation of California. Tanner doesn’t care much for those eyes. You’d also never mistake Hell Tanner for a humanitarian. Facing life in prison for his various crimes, he’s given a choice; rot away his remaining years in a tiny jail cell, or drive cross-country and deliver a case of antiserum to the plague-ridden people of Boston, Massachusetts…
- See Jack Kirby’s Incredible Argo Art In Color For The First Time (io9.com)
- Harvard Business Review and G.I. Joe (battlegrip.com)
- Remember when we were worried about Disney owning Star Wars? (battlegrip.com)