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Lucifer's Hammer

Lucifer's Hammer

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Just like all the dings and scratches give an antique its character--the 70's give this a great patina you couldn't get from a modern day apocalyptic tale. Leftovers from its formation, once in a while a giant gas planet's gravity like Neptune captures a snowball and hurls it towards the Sun. Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: There are several instances throughout the novel, which is unsurprising when it involves the survivors of an apocalypse. Some of the race issues can be read charitably, some of the characters are racist and that wouldn't change after a comet hit.

It got a bit tedious - and quite sexist (repeated mentions of man's 'natural instinct' to 'protect the female' coming out, and how 'women's lib' is now defunct), with a few dashes of racism. Most of the first third of the novel focused on the 70's modern society, with all the strange views common of that time, but that wasn't the most striking feature.Divided States of America: The survivors, living in and around California's San Joaquin Valley, all make jokes about the five announcements they've received over short-wave radio, each proclaiming a different person President of the United States. Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: In the face of a tsunami, the Burbank jail releases all prisoners except for rapist and murderer Fred Lauren. No, it becomes a symbol of the Light and Hope of All Future Technology-Based Civilization, which is driven home in a luridly purple death scene, in case the readers missed it. Much mass has been lost, poured into the tail; but much of the coma could freeze again, and the rocky chunks could merge; and crystals of strange ices could plate themselves across a growing comet, out there in the dark and the cold, over the mil

Senator Arthur Jellison, the VIP of the party, sits on the Finance Subcommittee for Science and Aeronautics. The way the many characters were handled reminded me a bit of Kim Stanley Robinson's 'Mars' books - but those are better-written (sensing a trend here?The next stop in my end-of-the-world reading marathon was Lucifier's Hammer, the 1977 disaster epic by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. It weaves through the whole story, pulls you in, and you just ride along on the crest of an enjoyable wave of great writing.



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