I read this short story/novelette in an anthology in the 1960s. I don't know when it was originally published, but I suspect it was the '50s. Background: war has destroyed civilization & a motorcycle gang roams the wasteland. Plot: all I can remember is that the MC & a woman somehow anger the gang's leader & have to go on the lam. I can't remember the ending, but one scene sticks in my mind: the fugitives are sitting by a campfire, drinking. The MC (who doesn't have a clue that the woman sitting next to him is in love with him) begins to talk about having a long-term romantic relationship with another gang member. Both she and the reader assume he means her, but it turns out the sexist SOB is actually talking about the gang-leader's gorgeous girlfriend!

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    I was first thinking of Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazney, but too many details fail to match. Feb 17, 2021 at 3:36
  • Read this one decades ago, a Damnation Alley knockoff called "The Lost Traveler" Could this be it? thriftbooks.com/w/lost-traveler_steve-wilson/1254523/item/… Mar 19 at 0:15
  • love 'Damnation Alley' - it's my favorite Zelezny story. 'The Lost Traveler' dates from the 1980s - I readthe story in question in the 1950s. Mar 19 at 7:10


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