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Lucifer's Hammer

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Senator Jellison's aide, Al Hardy, also doesn't deny that he's in love with Maureen when confronted by Harvey, but admits freely that it means nothing; Maureen's husband will be the Senator's successor, and Hardy knows that can't be him. Everyone for themselves the strong the lucky and especially the brave, shall inherit the ruined world. I think modern readers are jaded – so many disaster, postapocalyptic, end-of-world stories have come and gone. Niven has since stated that, if he was writing the novel now, he would have had Gil the Surfer survive the ride. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH).

I ended up literally reading about ten pages a day–and finishing another series, a NetGalley book, a mystery, a UF re-read, and Quammen’s epic on zoonotic diseases in the meantime.

I don't even think its unreasonable to think that post-apocalypse you would see groups tend to form around lines like race and/or religion, but again, the only non-white group. For the most part, the people who survive the end of the world do so by being selfish, murdering, thieving bastards. Yes its the Earth but he builds a fictional reality in the current time that is completely believable and you live it along with the characters, who you get to know really well through all 600+ pages.

Anything in the way is doomed Tim has to share the accolades with a teenage boy though, from Iowa named Brown. Entertaining, suspenseful, a very good post-apocalyptic thriller for hard SF fans, and also slightly sexist and really (if unintentionally) racist. Niven and Pournelle do this a lot, as in Fallen Angels, where they spend the entire book poking at environmentalists and anti-space and anti-nuclear activists. The benchmarks in this genre for me are The Stand, Alas Babylon and Swan Song, two of which thread the generic end of the world story with the supernatural and are much better for it and the other, Alas Babylon, is just a better written, more interesting and more immersive tale.

I neither read nor watched – I’m sure they were well done, but the subject matter wasn’t one I want to embrace – there’s plenty to read out there. Certainly, the various scenarios seemed well-reasoned both in the science sense (impact earthquakes, tsunamis, cloud cover) and the political sense (protecting the defense system, attacking other countries).

Science fiction does not usually age well, and this epic written before mobile phones, internet and laptops is strange and hard to get used to initially. 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.

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. Some people may have difficulty with the first several hours up until right before the comet makes landfall. Niven and Pournelle originally pitched the story to publishers as an alien invasion story in which the aliens drop a comet onto Earth after humanity fights them. 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 narration is good, though sometimes the narrator lacks the ability to make voices easily distinguishable, but that's a minor gripe.

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