Cyberpunkocalypse, or King of the Road

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Cyberpunk was dead. Surely it would rise again, it’s tough to keep a good cyborg down, but for now North America had an awful lot of technological ladder to climb from the 19th century back to the 21.5th. The EMPs and microwave airbursts made sure of that.

For now, Matt was the undisputed King of the Road. A road littered with dead vehicles with worthless electronics but valuable raw materials. The real gold mine was anything petroleum based such as plastics, lubricating oils, and especially gasoline and diesel fuel. Sure, some city-slickers had frail, slow, wheezing steam engine driven carts (Matt couldn’t think of them as cars), but mostly it was horse ranchers that were becoming wealthy.

But nobody had yet matched The Beast (or The Road Warrior? Matt had never named a truck before but he felt his creation earned a name.), the armored truck that now was the center of his life. Scavenger, tow truck, barricade runner, mobile home. And 2 and a half tons of near unstoppability and go-where-you-want-to-ness.

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  1. Avatar uselessness

    Sounds like “The Deuce” in the upcoming game BrĂ¼tal Legend. But as I often am when I draw comparisons, I’m probably way off. ;-)

  2. Avatar DoItForScience

    Eh? I haven’t followed the game, I thought it was something along the lines of Guitar Hero, but more ROCK?

  3. Avatar uselessness

    Plenty of ROCK, but it’s really a different sort of gameplay altogether. Lots of new concepts that haven’t been tried in games before. And Jack Black and Ozzy Osbourne. Should be interesting…

  4. Avatar DoItForScience

    Reeeeally… gotta go read up on it then.

  5. Avatar DoItForScience

    YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE!

    AbstractRorshach and I have agreed that “How to name a truck” (http://ficly.com/stories/7533) should be next in the series, followed by “The King of the Road meets the Peon” (http://ficly.com/stories/7529)

    I will be continuing the series by sequeling “The King of the Road meets the Peon”

  6. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    thanks for tha update this is a good story.

  7. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Fun story with a wicked sensibility to it. Love the description of the vehicle, right down to the go-where-you-want-to-ness. Yeah, I wish I had more of that.