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Lucifer's Hammer

Lucifer's Hammer

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Tips of the upper corner of the first 15 pages of the book has a slight bend to them - pages are otherwise all clean, white, and crisp.

With the limited gore, sex, and bad language, this is a good novel for even a young SF fan to pick up, and learn about where modern apocalyptic literature (including the current zombie culture) started. The world ignores now, yet not for long , the unknown comet one of millions in a "soup"surrounding the Solar System. While some novels of this ilk don't stand up to the "technology test of time" -- written before the proliferation of cell phones and computers -- this one does, for the most part.

In addition, they go to great lengths to describe the effect on the impact on individual characters, some of whom don't survive the experience. The last third of the story is the survival aspect, and lives of many of the characters start to intersect. When the comet hits, the bond nearly breaks when Rick Delanty sees the Soviets have launched nuclear missiles while Dr. His daughter Maureen Jellison has inherited a passion for the sciences from her father but struggles to forge an identity of her own. Chummy Commies: The joint Apollo-Soyuz mission to study the comet means two of the four people involved are USSR cosmonauts, General Pieter Jakov and Dr.

I kind of thought the people eating made more sense at the end of the plot line (as a ritual) than as a food solution, but, you’re right, it was bad. Malik points out there's already a mushroom cloud above Moscow, but Jakov is the one to notice that the Soviet missiles are headed to China, which actually launched first; the USSR requested, and received, an alliance with the US against this unprovoked attack, and dialogue indicates the alliance persists past the very short war. The remainder of the story takes place in California, where survivors in the San Joaquin valley go about preparing for the coming ice age and trying to rebuild what little civilization they can. So perhaps you should take my review with a grain of salt, since plenty of people love Strange (unsurprisingly, no one admits to loving Practice Foundations). Also some of the writing is a little lazy in that the political views espoused by the authors face no real challenge from those folks on the other side.However "Lucifer's Hammer" isn't that old of a novel and the political aspects get in the way at times.

The story kept moving and the various threads set up at the start of the story were woven into a believable whole towards the end. Take your earthquakes, waterlogged condominiums, swarms of bugs, colliding airplanes, and flaming what-nots, wrap them up and they wouldn't match one page of Lucifer's Hammer for sweaty-palmed suspense. Not to be confused with The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer, which deals with a different planetary impact. Apocalypse Wow: Niven and Pournelle take about three chapters in the book to describe the utter destruction of the world, each time detailing the effects of the impact on a different region. Hammer and Policeman represent two different approaches to disaster, one macro, one micro, and just guess which one I liked better.The characters seem like cardboard sterotypes, placed on the event (the black, white, indians, female, smart, poor, rich, crazy and powerful) and everyone had "coupling" on the brain. It’s one of the most action-oriented sections, somewhat compromised by allowing one of the major narrators to go into an existential funk and his storyline to be taken over by a new character.

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