Lucifer's Hammer

Lucifer's Hammer

by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
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Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle

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....
"Massively entertaining."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449208137
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1985
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 167,739
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Larry Niven is a prolific American science fiction writer. His best known works are a collection of short stories and books informally referred to as "Tales of Known Space". The first book in the Known Space series is Ringworld, and it received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. Niven has also written fantasy novels, including the series The Magic Goes Away. He has also collaborated with fellow science fiction authors Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes on several books.

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Lucifer's Hammer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Susan_Sherlock More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
yarnspinner More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book four times. When ever I get bored I read this again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read classic. Slightly dated but well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Tico_Kenitrin More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still the best end of the world book ever written. covers everything
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's the reason I only wear Citizen Eco Drive watchess. If you like apocalyptic novels this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hot fudge sundae that falls on Tuesday...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 7 months ago
I first read this in my twenties it is not lasting of the punch even after all these years.
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Shana_soto More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes apocalyptic fiction. It was very entertaining and kept my interest all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, excellent for readers who enjoy end of the world type books
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