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Mad Max Fury Road Common Threads (2 of 4)

The visual motif that Mad Max Fury Road shares with I Town, the first novel of the Trintico Tour Quartet is the giant treadwheel. With a pair of treadwheels, humans raise an elevator and pump water to Immortant Joe’s citadel and they also solve a problem of the limited space of the mesa by revolving crops into the sunlight. This odd technology appears in MMRF for only a second but is an important feature in the second Trintico novel Agrarianna.

Agrarianna, the nuturing Motherland of Trintico, provides the food that fuels the walkers on the treadwheels of I Town. Calories are very important. Each walker must consume as much energy in food calories as he or she will generate in electricity. Space inside the protective and controlling Iron Curtain perimeter of the Motherland is valuable. Most has been devoted to producing high-calorie foods like meat and dairy. But as the walkers of I Town suffer increasing health problems, the dietitians of the corporate society advise an increase in fiber from raw vegetables. When Jackson is given the task of increasing vegetable production without using more space in the Motherland, his solution is very similar to the revolving gardens in the Immortant Joe’s citadel.

The idea for a revolving garden came to me from Al Silano, PhD, a good friend and valuable information source. Back when I was still writing I Town, he gave me a copy of the July 2012 issue of Popular Science Magazine. Popular Science July 2012 cover

I filed the magazine away becuase at the time I had a very different notion of what Agrarianna would be about and what the Motherland of the tripartite Trintico Corporate Society would be like. But as the prose flowed and the place took shape, I was pleasantly surprised to see themes naturally transferring over from the first novel. The idea of revolving gardens suddenly made perfect sense and I scrambled to find the magazine Dr. Silano had so wisely shared with me. So that makes twice in two books that he delivered the ultimate point of enlightenment for the plot. Thank you, sir.

The third common thread will be revealed in Part 3.

Mad Max Fury Road Common Threads (1 of 4)

Four potent visual motifs that appear in Mad Max Fury Road also occur in the four novels of the Trintico Tour Quartet.

The first novel in the quartet is I Town. In it, the people of Induction Town walk on giant treadwheels to generate electricity. In MMRF, access to Immortant Joe’s citadel is via a human-powered elevator. The energy that drives it is comes from humans walking on giant treadwheels.

The wheels have very different designs, opposite even. The MMRF wheels have the walkers outside, walking on revolving slats, like rungs on a ladder, while the wheels of I Town are huge drums with walkers climbing the inside curves. But the idea is the same. The apocalypse has turned the world upside down, inverted our existence. Instead of reaping the benefits of revolving motion, of wind or of coal powered turbines, we turn the wheels so the machine of civilation can go on operating, at our expense.

The harnessed human effort pumps water up from a deep well, giving Immortant Joe’s Citadel power and dominion over the masses below. It also engaged the second common thread, a highly effecient use of precious space on the mesas that make up the citadel. This motif is a feature in Agrarianna, the second Trintico Tour novel. Seeing it on the movie screen thrilled me.

More on that in Part 2.