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Lucifer's Hammer

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The remainder of the story takes place in California, where survivors in the San Joaquin valley go about preparing for the coming ice age and trying to rebuild what little civilization they can. Still, this started out in the three-star range, and stayed there for about the first 40% of the book.

The last third of the story is the survival aspect, and lives of many of the characters start to intersect. Later becomes a love square when Maureen’s longtime lover, astronaut John Baker, enters the picture. Unfortunately, making the gas cost him the time and resources he needed to make his insulin, so he's another casualty of the defense of the nuclear plant. Of course, this was written only a handful of years after Dune, so the authors hadn't realized the weight of the public's imagination by that time. Some people may have difficulty with the first several hours up until right before the comet makes landfall.They have to turn many survivors away from their fortified valley because there just isn't food to feed them all through the winter. But still, this is a book that you will enjoy if you like the premise and don't pay much attention to subtext, but will probably annoy you if you do notice things like all the black people become cannibals! If you take a belay at the start of the climbing proper, a 30m rope will get you to the belay and back (or at least to "a" belay - if there is any more climbing above this (a fixed 'biner) then I wouldn't bother, it looks like a cheese fest).

Of course, Hammer was released in 1977, and Policeman in 2012, so there is that little issue of societal norms shifting, but I didn’t let that stop me… honest. It resolves itself by the end: Baker is killed defending the nuclear plant, and Christopher is wooed by Marie Vance, leaving Maureen and Harvey together. A number of the characteristics in this post-apocalyptic tale will strike familiar cords, but that would actually be the work of a long chain of often inferior copycat authors who are mimicking previous themes. Fantastic Religious Weirdness: The Reverend Henry Armitage, former radio preacher and post-apocalyptic authentic whack-job, preaches against the evils of trying to rebuild a technological society rather than just accepting God's righteous punishment and allowing humanity to die.The Hamner-Brown comet, separately but concurrently discovered by a pair of very excited amateur astronomers, was still a very, very long way from the earth in a typical high eccentricity orbit having barely begun its descent toward the sun.

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. It's very exciting stuff, and also fairly realistic in how it approaches both the social and technological challenges of survival in a post-armageddon scenario. 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 you can't trust a scientist who in a science fiction thriller assures you that there's no danger, who can you trust? In Policeman, narration is provided first person, and although many of the projected responses to impact are exactly the same in both books, experiencing it through one man’s journey is far more profound and moving.

So on one level it's still a very readable and engrossing book, but there is no getting away from the political and social ideas that have caused such a fuss. Yes there was what happened in New Orleans after Katrina, but that behavior wasn't so common in other areas hit by Katrina.

Hammer takes a more societal approach, walking the reader through various characters’ lives, usually–but not always–related to the discovery of the Hammer-Brown comet. These result in volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis, destroying major coastal cities around the world, killing billions and initiating a new ice age because of the massive quantities of water and debris flung into the atmosphere. 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).In "Lucifer's Hammer," the only surviving nuclear power plant becomes potentially the salvation of civilization. In the epilogue, after Jellison's death, Tim notes that Harvey and Maureen "would have to come to terms" with the Colorado Springs group, implying either that either they do have that authority or that they're powerful enough to be respected anyway. Everyone for themselves the strong the lucky and especially the brave, shall inherit the ruined world. He married Marilyn Joyce "Fuzzy Pink" Wisowaty, herself a well-known science fiction and Regency literature fan, on September 6, 1969. The entire first third is character introduction and buildup to the comet strike, then the second third is the strike and immediate aftermath, and the final section is the extended aftermath, including a kind of quick action climax that seems out of place compared to the general tone of suspense in the rest of the book.

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