Clancy runs afoul of low-tech modes of transportation

Maryland author Tom Clancy has made a fortune with books that detail the latest in technology. Now it seems the low-tech world is trying to get his attention.

He was on the tail end of a five-day cruise Friday aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 when the ship ran aground and all passengers had to be evacuated.


In June, he was traveling to Las Vegas with his family in a private rail car when the nation's railroads went on strike, stranding him in Salt Lake City. He rented a car to finish the trip.

"Bad luck? Hell, I'm alive, aren't I?" Mr. Clancy said yesterday.


The Calvert County resident and Baltimore native wrote "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and several other books dubbed "techno-thrillers" for their use of elaborate military technology.

Although people have said he doesn't like to fly, he said that he has enjoyed several rides in military helicopters and in jets traveling faster than the speed of sound.

To top it off, once in Las Vegas, he was jostled awake at 5 a.m. by an earthquake. The quake did extensive damage in Southern California.

He was in a room on the 26th floor of the Mirage when his wife noticed the chandeliers swinging and woke him up.

"It was a very unpleasant way to wake up," he said.