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Monumental devastation will sweep across the globe if the newly discovered Hamner-Brown comet collides with the one major obstacle in its path: Earth. For millionaire Tim Hamner, the comet is a ticket to immortality. For filmmaker Harvey Randall, it's a shot at redeeming a flagging career. And for astronauts John Baker and Rick Delanty, it's a second chance for glory in outer space. But for a world gripped by comet fever, fascination quickly turns to fear. And only those who survive the impact will know the even ...
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Monumental devastation will sweep across the globe if the newly discovered Hamner-Brown comet collides with the one major obstacle in its path: Earth. For millionaire Tim Hamner, the comet is a ticket to immortality. For filmmaker Harvey Randall, it's a shot at redeeming a flagging career. And for astronauts John Baker and Rick Delanty, it's a second chance for glory in outer space. But for a world gripped by comet fever, fascination quickly turns to fear. And only those who survive the impact will know the even greater terror, when rich and poor, politicians and killers, turn to each other or against each other - and the remnants of humanity grow savage to battle for what little remains...

A giant comet collides with Earth causing earthquakes, tidal waves, and destruction of unbelievable proportions; but for the survivors, the terror has just begun.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"A work in the grand tradition ... even the miracle of Sensurround may be inadequate to convey all the imaginative reverberations."
John Barkham Reviews
"A 'Disaster' thriller of rare quality ... for its expertise and the scale of its apocalypse ... Strings out the suspense almost unbearably."
Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"The first satisfying end-of-the-world novel in years ... an ultimate one ... massively entertaining."
Chicago Daily News
"Take your earthquakes, waterlogged condominiums, swarms of bugs, colliding airplanes and flaming what-nots, wrap them up and they wouldn't match one page of LUCIFER'S HAMMER for sweaty-palmed suspense."
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"A MEGATON OF SUSPENSEFUL EXCITEMENT ... which should keep readers going non-stop, cover to cover."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736647168
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged Audio Cassette

Meet the Author

Author websites:
LARRY NIVEN: www.larryniven.net
JERRY POURNELLE: www.jerrypournelle.com
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    WARNING: Contrary to the listed publication date (2/13/2012), th

    WARNING: Contrary to the listed publication date (2/13/2012), this book was actually published in 1977. So it was written from an older historical context. You cannot return an eBook.

    11 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    One of the best ever

    I've been buying and reading science fiction books for over 50 years, and I've sold and given away several thousand books. This is one of a handful I'll not let go of. The story line is compelling and the imagery is incredible. Some of the scenes will stick with me forever. Don't miss this one.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Boring

    Not worth it. I read 400 pages and gave up. The main event the comet hitting the earth took about 10-12 pages and the rest was character development. Just boring and dull. Not worth it. I did give it 2 stars only because of the idea of it all. Not worth the money or time. Sorry

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Entertaining book

    The book was great AFTER you plowed threw the first 250 pages of fluff. I know you have to set the stage for a book, but I don't think it should take 250 pages. I almost gave up on it, but the good reviews kept be going. I'm glad I did, but I feel those first pages could of been condensed.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

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    Awesome

    This is the best 'End of the World As We Know It' thriller I have read. It's right up there with Stephen King's 'The Stand' in scale.
    If you want a GOOD YARN, read this. The most incredible image I hvae carried with me since I read this book is that of the SURFER riding the wave. I read this book back in the 80's and have NEVER forgotten it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    I own this book and have had it since it was first published.  I

    I own this book and have had it since it was first published.  I first read it when I was in high school and thought it to be one of the best books I've read, which is why it remains in my library.  I've read it numerous times over the years, as I have re-read all my favorites.  This book is excellent with characters that draw you in to their world and their struggles to survive.  It also has been interesting to see how much society (especially in attitude toward women and minorities) has changed over my adult lifetime.   The scenes of the isolated astronauts watching the world as they knew it end, and their subsequent return to earth is especially bittersweet.  Remember, this was written in a time of Star Trek and Star Wars, when the space shuttle program was first getting started.  Heinlein and Clarke were kings.  We had watched man walk on the moon.  We were growing up in the hope and anticipation of space flights, exploration, and it was thought colonization of the moon or even Mars might just be possible in our lifetimes.  This story in all it's datedness is more believable than many of the recent end of world offerings by Hollywood.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Was great when it came out in '77 and still one of the best reads in 2012.

    Even though this is classified "Science Fiction", this book crosses several genres. A comet strike is a very real possibility even today. The story about the event, the people,the reactions and actions of the characters are all too real. The story keeps you turning the pages.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    FRICKEN EPIC

    That's about all i can say, EPIC. Yes this book is extremely drawn out but very detailed, it reminds me of Stephen King's style of writing. My next puchase shall be cases of power bars, bullets, and bottles of water after reading this one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2010

    The book that should have been a movie

    I've read this book four times. When ever I get bored I read this again.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Great Story

    Always on the lookout for an interesting EOW story I found Lucifers Hammer one of the best I have ever read. Could not put it down. It starts slow but takes it's time getting you used to the characters. It builds until the 'Day' the asteroid hits and starts on a whirlwind ride. Thourghly enjoyable and I would recommend this book to everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Excellent Apocalypse

    A must read classic. Slightly dated but well worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Best in awhile

    Could be my age or the sorry state of politics today, but this was the best book I have read in awhile. Survival at its rawest. What would really happen without society and all the govt perks. Great food for thought.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Hot fudge Sunday on a Tuesday yes indeed the Hammer of God has f

    Hot fudge Sunday on a Tuesday yes indeed the Hammer of God has fallen. Though the book starts a bit slow due to character development, and sometimes you have to go back to remember who was who in the story this book is pretty fun to read. The character development may be slow but ultimately after Lucifer Hammer falls you start to realize why it was important to know these characters before the catastrophic event. You become involve in how they try to survive, how they attempt to rebuild some type of normalcy in their Porterville Civilization, and you root for them once the Cannibals attempt to destroy their compound. It starts slow but its worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Hard to read.

    I have found this the most difficult book to read. It has so many characters and side stories that I got lost over and over trying to remember who is who. The writing style was weird, the sentence structure always felt like an implied thought rather than an outright statement, I felt my mind wondering many times, I just found it difficult to stay focused, after reading One Second After, this book did not live up to it's rating in my opinion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Lucifer's Hammer

    As an avid reader of these kinds of books, I found this one to be one of the better ones. It's very realistic and believable in it's descriptions of what could happen in the aftermath of a horrible event such as the comet in this book. It gets you to thinking and wanting to make sure you are prepared for any catastrophe.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Loved it!

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes apocalyptic fiction. It was very entertaining and kept my interest all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Very good

    Great read, excellent for readers who enjoy end of the world type books

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Lucifer's Hammer is one of the alltime best post apocalyptic nov

    Lucifer's Hammer is one of the alltime best post apocalyptic novels.  If you are a fan of EOW books then this is an essential book to have in your collection.  In fact if you really like EOW [end of world] stories then you should also read Earth Abides, The Postman, Alas Babylon, Calizona, and Lucifers Hammer.  These novels represent the very best of the genre.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    A good read, but....

    Even after all these years, I had never read this novel. Some friends finally talked me into it. While I don't regret reading it, I wish my time had been spent on something else. The post-apocalyptic story line is gripping enough, but except for the comet, I never felt that I got to know any of the characters, so I didn't care what happened to them. If you are looking for a good read, a book to have around for rainy afternoons, long delays at the airport, this one won't let you down, just don't expect to be overly impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Awesome

    Glad I read this book. Very well written, great story line, and a believable plot.

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