Lucifer's Hammer

Lucifer's Hammer

Paperback - 1983
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The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....
"Massively entertaining."
CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Crest, 1983.
Edition: 1st Ballantine books ed.
ISBN: 9780449208137
0449208133
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 640 p. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pournelle, Jerry 1933-

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JCLLeslieN Dec 24, 2013

One of the few books I have read multiple times.

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waltzingechidna
Sep 28, 2013

Chronologically this is New Wave science fiction but Niven's sensibility, here at least, is much more Golden Age. I couldn't care enough about the characters to really love this book, but I was fascinated enough by the impending disaster to read it through and be thoroughly entertained.

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dr4x0n
Jun 18, 2012

Another great book from the writing team of Niven and Pournelle. We can all seem to be prepared for a natural disaster, but this one takes the cake. Survival skills are definitely on my to do list.

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RichardPaul
Aug 04, 2011

Lucifer's Hammer ----
by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle c - 1983 ---- A Great Story ---- Very hard to put down. I love Jerry and Larry's combined works. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

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chgarland
May 15, 2011

One of my all-time favorite novels, this is an outstanding story. The theme is simple, man versus nature, but the execution is huge. The story starts with two amateur astronomers discovering a new comet. Closer observation reveals a path initially looks uncomfortably close to earth, and then things get worse. We meet a bunch of characters in reasonably logical fashion, not soap opera style, but each new character encounters one of the earlier ones and works his way into the story. Characters cross and re-cross and do their best after "Hot Fudge Sundae which falls on Tuesday next month" to set up societies revealing each society's founders' characters in the way they do this. The ending is both sensible and inspirational. Don't ignore this book just because you think you don't like science fiction; it's way, way more than SF.

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