Along the Scenic Route • 1969 • Near SF short story by Harlan Ellison

★★★

Meta: isfdb. This SF short story first appeared 1969 in his collection “The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World”.

Synopsis:  In a near future, freeway drivers on the 101 Pacific Coast Highway challenge one another to mortal duels under official supervision. Family man George upgraded his family car and can’t resist a provocation from a punk cutting him on a cruise with his wife. The road rage and ritual duel turns to a deadly battle using futuristic enhancements.

Review:  A fun read: Simple style, driving plot, natural injection of information about the enhancements, and interesting interaction between unlikeable George, his wife and the other driver. Who isn’t annoyed when cut, hm?

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