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Lucifer's Hammer

Written By:Larry Niven / Jerry Pournelle - 1977

  • Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven / Jerry Pournelle cover



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 know...

The chances that Lucifer's Hammer would hit earth head-on were one in a million.
Then one in a thousand.
Then one in a hundrend.
And then...


"The first satisfying end-of-the-world novel in years... an ultimate one... massievly entertaining." Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"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." Chicago Daily News

"A MEGATON OF SUSPENSFUL EXCITEMENT... which should keep readers going nonstop, cover to cover" Library Journal

"A WORK IN THE GRAND TRADITION... even the miracle of Sensurround may be inadequate to convey all the imaginative reverberations." Los Angeles Times

"A 'DISASTER' THRILLER OF RARE QUALITY... for its expertise and the scale of its apocalypse... Strings out the suspense almost unbearably." John Barkham Reviews