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Lucifer's Hammer

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Civilization simply falls apart as people are forced to defend themselves and whatever they were able to salvage from one another.

Mostly uninteresting characters do mostly uninteresting things as scientist endlessly debate how close this big chunk of doom will miss earth by. Another "nuclear" option shows up in the climax of the book when the main characters resort to homemade poison gas to stop the cannibal army.

Fantastic Religious Weirdness: The Reverend Henry Armitage, former radio preacher and post-apocalyptic authentic whack-job, preaches against the evils of trying to rebuild a technological society rather than just accepting God's righteous punishment and allowing humanity to die.

Monumental devastation will sweep across the globe if the newly-discovered Hamner-Brown comet collides with the one major obstacle in its path: Earth. LUCIFER'S HAMMER is Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's graphic but frighteningly realistic vision of humanity's descent into anarchy and chaos and its struggle to re-establish a semblance of normality after an apocalyptic event devastates the world with inconceivable damage and death but does not actually push humanity over the brink of extinction - hoarding; heroism; brutality; the potential change in attitudes towards sex, sexuality, racism, marriage, religion and love; the evolution (or devolution) of government from democracy into potential more effective alternatives under the circumstances; the re-establishment of innovation and technological expertise; the potentially changing roles of women in a more basic almost feudally structured society; and, of course much more. I'm a Humanitarian: They started doing it just because they were starving and there was nothing else to eat, but eventually the New Brotherhood starts using forced cannibalism as an Initiation Ceremony. The Night That Never Ends: In addition to the dust and debris thrown into the upper atmosphere, the massive amounts of water vaporized by the ocean impacts cause a perpetual 100% cloud cover (at one point in the book, it rains for a month) and thus a perpetual twilight. If it does hit, civilization will cease on Terra after pieces of the comet smash into the Earth's oceans, tidal waves hundreds of feet high, they'll be or even higher destroying everything in their paths.Apparently if a comet hits Earth the Black Panthers will turn into cannibals while the white people quietly establish a conservative co. A producer of television documentaries named Harvey Randall sees an opportunity for a series of prime time specials about the comet, with Kalva Soap as sponsor. BookTrackr highlights the books you've read, your favorites, what you're reading now and what you want to read next. In print, Niven and Pournelle provide a "program" at the front of their books so you can easily refer back and identify characters in the early going until you have them straight. After the title comet strike ends civilization (and electrical power for refrigeration), he has only a few weeks' worth to get by until someone will have to start making fresh insulin.

I do not subscribe to mindless, knee-jerk, PC Think, but I found myself raising my eyebrow more than once. When an amateur astronomer discovers a comet headed for Earth, the novel follows him, along with many other different storylines and characters, including astronauts who see the devastation from space.Covert Distress Code: There are two sentries guarding the settlement at any time: an outer sentry to talk to people trying to enter, and a hidden inner sentry who watches and guards the outer sentry. Volcanoes and earthquakes are endemic around the entire Pacific basin as fault lines shift in California and everywhere else along the fabled Ring of Fire.

The plot centers around the discovery of a comet entering the inner solar system and the aftermath of its impact. They have to turn many survivors away from their fortified valley because there just isn't food to feed them all through the winter. The first half, in which our rogue asteroid is treated as a character, given a backstory and such, details the oh-so-slow-and-boring approach of armageddon. There should be a name for the particular type of book that is exemplified by some popular novels published between the late 1950s and the early 1980s. 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.People TODAY who care nothing for anyone but themselves and would waste you for the Air Jordon's on your feet. The rest of the novel was all about sheer survival for those who were left, and I was pleasantly reminded of Brin's The Postman that outdid this novel for the post-apocalypse rebuilding, but props should always be given to those who did it first. Entertaining, suspenseful, a very good post-apocalyptic thriller for hard SF fans, and also slightly sexist and really (if unintentionally) racist. I can only pray that later generations would carry it forward after conquering California and finding any intact libraries.

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