- Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey Books (1 Sept. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0449208133
- ISBN-13: 978-0449208137
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.6 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lucifer's Hammer Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1997
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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....
About the Author
Larry Niven was born in 1938 in Los Angeles, California. In 1956, he entered the California Institute of Technology, only to flunk out a year and a half later after discovering a bookstore jammed with used science-fiction magazines. He graduated with a B.A. in mathematics (minor in psychology) from Washburn University, Kansas, in 1962, and completed one year of graduate work before he dropped out to write. His first published story, "The Coldest Place," appeared in the December 1964 issue of Worlds of If. He won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1966 for "Neutron Star" and in 1974 for "The Hole Man." The 1975 Hugo Award for Best Novelette was given to The Borderland of Sol. His novel Ringworld won the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmar, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.
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Classic disaster format. Not Sci-Fi. A diverse cast of well drawn characters; an enormous asteroid on a collision course with earth; a devastating impact; the fragmentation of society in the aftermath, all described in nail bitingly tense detail; some really good science content but above all, a great read.
It doesn't deliver on the emotional level as much as some other novels in the apocalyptic sub genre that I've read. For instance, I think it's more realistic than The Stand, by S King, which for me at least, falls down badly with the unconvincing final confrontation between good and evil and the pointless sacrifices but scores over the odds on characterisation and the writing; it's better written I think, overall than, On The Beach by Shute, but nowhere near as moving or gut wrenching!
That said, it delivers consistently, never stretches credulity, takes you face to face with the end of civilisation and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spotted a few very small typos but otherwise, a good kindle copy
The book gets off to a slow start, as it introduces a wide cast of characters going about their daily lives.
One element of the story that I didn't quite buy though was the apparent lack of preparation on the part of the Earth governments. Even at the last minute when the comet was closing in they didn't seem to know it was going to hit. I would have thought there would at least be a plan to deflect it out of Earth's path.
Once the comet hits the novel is gripping and hard to put down. The authors manage the large cast of characters well. It's chilling to think how this might actually happen if the big one strikes!
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