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Lucifer's Hammer

Lucifer's Hammer

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While some novels of this ilk don't stand up to the "technology test of time" -- written before the proliferation of cell phones and computers -- this one does, for the most part. Nuke 'em: The Chinese conclude that the Soviets that survive Hammerfall will need to migrate south to avoid future glaciers, and launch a preemptive nuclear attack on the Soviet Union.

Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man-Kzin Wars.He briefly attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics (with a minor in psychology) from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1962. The authors, also scientists, were very careful to make the entire novel seem possible, probable, and plausible (except maybe for the scene where the surfer rides the tsunami wave into a skyscraper! There's a huge cast of characters, which meant for me, in this book, that I didn't feel emotionally invested in any of them, and for a while, the book dragged a bit.

Lucifer's Hammer is just a bit too 'The A to Z of The Apocalypse' to warrant much of a recommendation. In fact, much of his writing since the 1970s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven Barnes, Brenda Cooper, or Edward M. Anything in the way is doomed Tim has to share the accolades with a teenage boy though, from Iowa named Brown. As far as they are concerned, Arthur Jellison (former US Senator and leader of the effort to organize and rebuild) is their leader. Niven was an established, Nebula Award winning author in Los Angeles when in the early 1970s, he was approached by Pournelle, an engineer with a military background who lived in the area.Now originally I had this marked as a re-read but do you know, if I had read it, I didn't remember it one little bit so I'm guessing I have really never read this before, which I have to say is very remiss of me, as this is a very good book, that's very good not great. The book focuses on rural California, and a group of ranchers that pull together for survival, initially joined by their dedicated mailman, who insists on continuing his route.

There's also an awful lot of "neener-neener, how do you granola-crunching hippies like your 'natural living' now?No crops no food no sunlight, no safe areas, nuclear war, maybe to finishing off the rest of the people or, back to the stone age. Not just me, but my wife and kids have noticed that they've gotten somewhat odd in the past few years. It's not that it's unbelievable that groups would resort to cannibalism (that actually seems somewhat plausible), its that the only large group of non-white characters are the cannibals.



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