The Texas Run
Written by Geo W. Proctor
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing,
paperback edition, published September 1985)
An L.A. resistance member risks his life to
help run much-needed medical supplies through the state of
At John Wayne International Airport in Orange
County, CA, Donovan and other resistance members wait to
ambush a Visitor vehicle set to spirit away a member of the L.A.
provisional government for conversion. The whole thing turns out to be a
trap set by the Visitors and Donovan and several other
resistance fighters are seemingly captured. One resistor, Rick
Hurley, manages to flee but is injured during pursuit and passes
out while hiding in a cargo plane.
When Rick awakens, he finds the plane in flight and meets the
pilot, Joe Bob Wills and Sheryl Lee Darcy, both Texas resistance
members who came to L.A. to steal medical supplies for their war
effort. The fight that Rick escaped from at the airport gave
them the distraction they needed to escape themselves with their
badly needed cargo.
On the Houston mothership, Commander
Garth and his scientific officer Yvonne, have managed to
recreate Diana's experiment that resulted in Robin's pregnancy.
They have impregnated a human female with a hybrid embryo that
has formed into two fetuses, one human gene-dominant and one
Visitor gene-dominant, just like Robin's pregnancy. But Garth
orders the woman and her unborn twins killed and destroyed. He
just wanted to prove it could be done so he can father his own
hybrid star child soon.
Reaching Texas airspace, the ancient C-47 transport plane
carrying Rick and his new friends finds itself under attack by a
Visitor skyfighter. The plane is shot down and Joe Bob is killed
in the crash. Rick and Sheryl Lee survive but almost immediately
are strafed by the skyfighter. Then an old WWII-era P-51 Mustang
fighter plane engages the superior vessel and after an intricate
dogfight successfully shoots it down, then disappears over the
horizon. Rick and Sheryl Lee investigate the crashed skyfighter
and take the two dead crewmen's weapons. But one of the bodies
turns out to be alive and wrestles with Rick in the dirt of the
Llano Escatado. Sheryl Lee shoots the alien with his own weapon.
Taking a flight chart and the small amount of water available
from the plane crash, the two head across the mesa in search of
a road or town. While walking they encounter a two-headed
rattlesnake, a result of the red dust mutations now effecting
Commander Garth pays a visit to a human processing center in
Dallas to retrieve a captured woman who had cost him his left
hand during the first Visitor invasion. But when he arrives, he
is enraged to find that the woman has died of injuries sustained
during capture, robbing him of his revenge.
A Jeep drives up to Rick and Sheryl, driven by Charlie Scoggin,
the pilot of the Mustang that saved them earlier. He takes them
to his house in the desert and after some rest, they manage to
recruit some other neighbors in their pick-ups to return to the
crash site to retrieve the medical supplies for delivery to Fort
Worth, driving only at night to limit detection.
Later, Garth's troops discover the crash site and find Sheryl
Lee's purse with her driver's license. She looks much like the
woman who took Garth's hand and he realizes she is the woman's
daughter. Perhaps revenge can still be had.
When the resistance convoy stops to hide and rest for the day in
the cedar woods, Visitor patrol craft catch up to them and a
firefight ensues. Though taking losses, the humans win out and
now have two captured skyfighters to show for it. Charlie
quickly learns to fly one. Acting on a plan of Sheryl Lee's they
fly to Dallas to meet with her resistance friends and concoct a
scheme to get the supplies into the city: a series of diversions
throughout the area while the rag-tag convoy runs the Visitor
road blocks into the city. It works, but Sheryl Lee is captured
in the process. Realizing that she must be taken to the Fort
Worth processing center, her friends plan an infiltration and attack to
After some close calls, the plan is successful, with Commander
Garth killed in the fight. Rick and Sheryl Lee realize they've
fallen in love, but there is no time for two people when the
whole world is at war. Rick must return to L.A. while Sheryl Lee
will stay in Texas to continue their respective roles in the war.
Notes from the V chronology
Some references in the novel suggest it takes
place shortly before "Visitors'
Choice". But other references place it during an extended
summer in Texas, which would place it a bit later than that
episode. Since The
New England Resistance also references an Indian Summer
in New York, I have chosen to place The Texas Run
shortly before that story.
You can tell from the characters and narrative of this novel
that author Geo. W. Proctor was a prime example of the
proverbial proud Texas native!
The airplane on the cover is a WWII-era P-51 Mustang, the same
as described on pages 39-40 of the novel.
The book opens at
John Wayne International Airport, where part
of the action of The
Alien Swordmaster also took place.
Page 3 makes the same connection between Lisbon, Portugal in
WWII and Los Angeles in the Visitor war that Howard K. Smith
made in his Freedom Network report in
Page 3 mentions that the Visitors have polluted the meager
waters of their own world. I think this is the first we've heard
that their waters were necessarily polluted; I'd thought it was
more a matter of there not being enough of it on the homeworld.
This book seems to be steeped in WWII errata! On page 3, Rick
Hurley refers to the members of L.A.'s provisional government as
quislings, a term that came into use during WWII to describe
traitors who served in the puppet governments set up by the
Nazis in the nations that had capitulated. The word comes from Vidkun
Quisling, the Norwegian head of government during that nation's
occupation by the Nazis.
Page 3 also mentions that L.A.'s provisional government has
served as a liaison between the aliens and the human heads of
On page 8, a Lincoln Continental approaches the Visitor squad
vehicle in the night fog and Rick thinks how its "decorative
exhaust slots on each side just behind the front wheels, and its
silver-gray body aglisten with the mist's moisture all gave the
vehicle the appearance of a blunt-nosed shark slicing through
the fog." This would seem to describe the 1980-1983 models of
Rick carries an Uzi machine pistol. The general Uzi line of
weapons was designed by Israeli Captain Uziel Gal in the late
1940s and named after him.
Page 14 reveals that the commander of the Houston mothership
is called Garth. However, the novel
The Chicago Conversion
(by the same author!) states that Lewis is the commander of the
Houston ship. I suppose at some point Lewis was either killed or
promoted/demoted to another position and Garth took over.
Page 14 also reveals that Garth and his scientific officer
Yvonne, have managed to recreate Diana's experiment that
resulted in Robin's pregnancy. They have impregnated a human
female with a hybrid embryo that has formed into two fetuses,
one human gene-dominant and one Visitor gene-dominant, just like
Robin's pregnancy. But Garth orders the woman and her unborn
twins killed and destroyed. He just wanted to prove it could be
done so he can father his own hybrid star child soon.
On page 14, Yvonne refers to the reptilian twin as
"Visitor-dominant". Within their own company, wouldn't the
aliens use a term other than "Visitor"? Sirian perhaps?
On page 21, Joe Bob Wills says his mother named him after the
King of Western Swing, Bob Wills. Bob Wills (1905-1975) was an American Western Swing musician.
The details given of a C-47 transport plane on pages 21-22 are
On page 22, Rick thinks of Joe Bob as being dressed like the Red
Baron. This refers to the famous WWI German flying ace, Baron
Manfred Albrecht von Richtofen, nicknamed the Red Baron for the
color of his plane.
Also on page 22, Rick asks Joe Bob if he is carrying Panama Red
in the cargo compartment. Panama Red is a strain of cannabis.
On page 23, Joe Bob admits to having carried Mary Jane as a
passenger across the Mexican border in the past. Mary Jane is a
slang term for marijuana.
Page 23 mentions that Visitor-occupied Texas gets news from the
rest of the world from the World Liberation Front and the
Freedom Network, both of which are seen in the weekly TV
Page 24 reveals that Lubbock, TX has been decimated by the
Visitors due to the Air Force base there (and to send a message
to other cities in the state). It was Reese Air Force Base that
existed there. In the real world, the base was closed in 1997.
Page 25 describes Amarillo, TX as having the only nuclear
warhead assembly facility in the U.S. This is true.
Page 25 also mentions Chuck Berry's rock and roll classic "Route
66". Berry performed the most well-known version of the song,
but it has been covered by other bands as well. It was written
by Bobby Troup, who was also an actor best known as Dr. Joe
Early on the 1970's TV series Emergency!
Page 26 reveals that the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex area is at
the edge of the "free zone" where red dust effective areas meet
the more temperate climates that have killed off the red dust.
The map of the red dust effective areas presented in
"Dreadnought" seems to bear this
out as well.
On page 28, Joe Bob mentions flying to the edge of the Caprock to seek cover in the canyons. The Caprock is a region
of the Texas Panhandle, west of the Caprock Escarpment.
On page 29, Commander Garth reflects on how once Earth is conquered, the
Leader will come from the homeworld to reign over his new
domain. The Leader (revealed as a female) does finally arrive in
The Second Generation,
over 20 years later.
Page 29 reveals that the
Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas, TX was
the site of Processing Center One, where the Visitors processed
humans for storage as food. The center had been destroyed the
night before Garth flies over it in inspection, presumably by
resistance forces. The Cotton Bowl may have been the site of the new
processing center in Dallas mentioned in the Freedom Network
broadcast in "Visitors' Choice".
Page 30 mentions the destruction of the Alamo in San Antonio by
human resistance during the Visitor assault there. This was also
mentioned in the Freedom Network report in
Page 31 mentions that the commander of Dallas Processing Center
Two is called Lisa. This is obviously not the same Lisa as the
human-sympathizer in East
Page 32 repeats the description of the Visitors as having a
dual set of reptilian teeth, first mentioned in Proctor's
The Chicago Conversion.
Page 33 reveals that the Visitor forces are under strict orders
only to capture and process humans for future use, not to
prepare them as meals at this time. However,
field officers often bend the rules for each other and eyes
look the other way.
As Joe Bob pilots his damaged C-47 through the air, on page 35
he says, "Hang on! One of these babies once flew the hump with
half a wing missing!" The term "flew the hump" refers to air
transports flying over the eastern end of the Himalayan mountains
from India into China to bring supplies to Chinese and U.S.
forces in China during WWII. The eastern end of the Himalayas
was given the name the Hump by Allied pilots.
Page 40 reaffirms that the Visitors are from the 4th planet of
Sirius as originally stated in
The Chicago Conversion.
On page 45, Rick recalls that his first exposure to the Uzi
machine gun was in the hands of
Secret Service agents in television newscasts of the
assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. The attempt
occurred on March 30, 1981 and the Secret Service agents were
indeed carrying Uzis as seen in the photo below. However, in the
universe, William Morrow has been depicted as the President at
this time in
East Coast Crisis,
so it is difficult to reconcile Rick's remembrance of Reagan.
Page 47 seems to confirm
Alien Swordmaster's contention that the Visitors have
very long, chameleon-like tongues. Here, a Visitor wrestles with
Rick and uses his tongue in an attempt to throttle him, the
tongue wrapping around his throat and constricting!
Page 48 indicates there may be a delayed reaction by Visitor
physiology to the red dust in areas near, but not in, the dead
Page 50 mentions the Llano Estacado, or Staked Plains of Texas.
This is a real area of eastern New Mexico and northwestern
Texas. It is one of the largest mesas in North America.
On page 52, Sheryl Lee asks the question that has been asked
elsewhere on PopApostle, that is, why do the Visitors continue
to wear the human disguises when the world now knows what they
really are? Rick ventures the same guess that I have: the
Visitors think it will be easier to deal with humans and harder
for humans to kill them, if they look like us, even though we
know it to be a ruse.
Page 55 presents an example of the mutations that Science
Frontiers has discovered are caused by the red dust. Rick and
Sheryl Lee run across a two-headed, two-rattled rattlesnake.
Sheryl Lee goes on to say that mutations like this have become
more frequent on the area's wildlife ever since the release of
the red dust over a year ago. Since the red dust was supposed to
be harmless to Earth life, she speculates that the red dust
bacteria may itself have mutated after release and likens it to
the movie Andromeda Strain, based on the Michael
Crichton novel about a microbe from space that mutates with each
On page 56, Sheryl Lee mentions that the Comanche used to use
the hidden gullies of the Texas flatlands as a means of hiding
from pursuers. The Comanche ethnic group of Native Americans
did, indeed, historically live in Texas and still do (as well as
in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona and California).
On page 59, Garth allows a canary to fly from its cage, only to
snatch it out the air with his tongue and swallow it!
Page 60 mentions another processing center in Abilene, TX.
Page 63 describes Charlie Scoggin as wearing a gimme cap. A gimme
cap is a free hat given away by businesses, organizations, and
baseball teams, usually with a logo on the front. Charlie's says
Wayne Feeds. Wayne Feeds is a real company.
Page 64 reveals that Charlie carries a genuine Colt 45
Peacemaker. This is the type of gun most closely associated with
stories of the old American West. He calls it a hogleg, a term
for an old western 6-shot revolver because of its resemblance to
a part of a hog's leg.
On page 66, Charlie says he used to fly Mustangs in the 18th
Fighter-Bomber Group during the Korean War.
The 18th Fighter-Bomber Group is a real part of the U.S. Air
Force out of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The group really
did fly Mustangs during the Korean War.
On page 69, Charlie mentions that his fighter plane is a P-51
Mustang, modified into a Cavalier Mustang III which he purchased
in 1965. My research suggests that the
Cavalier Mustang III modified P-51s weren't made until 1968
On page 70, Charlie mentions the Confederate Air Force, a group
of Texas business- and sportsmen who restore and maintain WWII
war-birds. This is a real organization, though it changed its
name to the
Commemorative Air Force in 2002.
Also on page 70, Charlie uses the term "Uncle Sugar". Uncle
Sugar is another, more cynical, name for Uncle Sam, the U.S.
Page 77 mentions the former Commander of the Dallas-Fort Worth
processing centers, Mary, aka the Dark Death of Dallas, who was
killed in a bombing by resistance fighters at a party held by
Diana in the California town of Playa. This is a reference to
events in the episode
though there are some minor differences in the details (probably
due to Proctor working off an early script of the episode):
Mary's full name was given as Mary Krueger, her nickname was the
Dark Angel of Dallas and the full name of the town was Playa del
On page 78, Garth thinks of the "Others", and the Great Leader's
never-ending battle against "that malignant race who opposed the
Visitors' right to rule the stars." With the
The Second Generation
in 2008, we may be able to assume this is a
reference to the Zedti.
On page 82, one of Charlie's neighbors says that her daughter
was a student at Texas Tech when the Visitors hit Lubbock.
Texas Tech is
a real university in Lubbock, TX.
On page 92, Charlie says, "We're in for a frog strangler." A
frog strangler is a torrential downpour of rain, similar to the
phrase "raining cats and dogs".
On page 97, Rick thinks of the ludicrous situation he's in as
being a perfect plot for a Cary Grant adventure-comedy. Cary
Grant (1904-1986) was a popular film actor and leading man from
the 1930s-1960s. The author also mentions Cary Grant in his
earlier V novel
The Chicago Conversion,
so he must have been a fan.
Page 104 mentions the Brazos River. This is the longest river in
Page 104 also mentions Palo Pinto and Parker counties, both
actual counties in Texas.
Page 105 mentions television's prime-time soap opera Dallas.
Dallas was a very popular TV show which ran from
1978-1991, so it was about at its peak while
V was in production. It
has been said by some that the more soap opera-ish elements of
V were an attempt
to draw a Dallas-type audience.
Page 108 states that the Visitors have their Fort Worth
processing center in the blasted remains of Carswell Air Force
Base. This was a real Air Force base at the time. It closed in
1994, while maintaining its status as an Air Reserve (as well as
Navy Reserve, Marine Reserve and Air National Guard) base. Today
it is known as Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth/Carswell
On page 125, Charlie comments about the
skyfighter, "One of these things practically flies itself." This
mimics Martin's words when he advises Donovan on flying one in
"Plan for Resistance" and also Sam Walker's words in
The Chicago Conversion.
Page 127 mentions the town of Mineral Wells, TX..."a black dot
and a name on a map." This is a real town.
Page 128 refers to Interstate 20. This is a real interstate
running from Kent, TX to Florence, SC.
On page 129, one of the ruined storefronts is that of Fantastic
Worlds. It was a real comic book store in Fort Worth that grew
into a chain of stores. It was founded by Bob Wayne, who went on
to become an executive at DC Comics. Unfortunately, the chain of
stores no longer exists.
Page 134 mentions the towns of Stephenville and Midlothian, TX.
These are real towns.
Page 134 also mentions several Texas highways. U.S. 281 runs all
the way from the Mexican border north to the Canadian border.
U.S. 67, Highway 287, and Interstate 35E all exist cross-country
through portions of Texas.
Page 135 says that resistance member Jace used to pilot B-52's
out of Carswell Air Force Base. The B-52 Stratofortress is a
U.S. Air Force bomber that has been in active use since 1955 and
still going strong...in fact plans are to keep it in service
until 2040 if not beyond!
Page 135 reveals that Texas has had a long summer the year this
story takes place (1984), so portions of the state that would
normally be cold enough to allow the red dust bacteria to
continue to thrive has, instead, caused it to go dormant (or something!) and the
Visitors have an extended range in the state from what they
might normally have. This scenario will be seen again in New
York in the novel
The New England Resistance.
Clocking the resistance convoy in his head on page 144, Rick
estimates it has managed "the once-legal speed limit of
fifty-five miles an hour." This refers to the National Maximum
Speed Law of 1974-1995, which limited the speed of motor
vehicles in the U.S. to 55 mph in an effort to conserve fuel.
Before and after this period, states could set their own speed
Page 145 mentions the cities of Arlington and Irving, TX. Both
are real cities, Arlington being the home of the Texas Rangers
Page 146 mentions the city of Waxahachie, TX, another real city.
Page 153 mentions the Trinity River. This is a real river in
On page 154, Jace calls the Dallas resistance's aircraft
hangar/warehouse Little Love, named after Dallas' Love Field.
Love Field is a Dallas public airport, secondary to the
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Page 180 reveals that, with the death of Commander Garth,
science officer Yvonne has been promoted to Commander of the Houston
mothership by Diana.
Throughout the book, it is never revealed what happened to
Donovan and the other resistance members caught in the Visitors'
trap at John Wayne International Airport in Chapter 1! Obviously
Donovan, at least, somehow escaped!
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