To kick off 2018, let me start at the end.
More precisely, a book about the end: Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
Several people have recommended tackling this 1970s classic disaster novel.
So Christmas holidays… what better time?
The Hammer‘s premise is pretty straightforward — a massive comet collides with the Earth. Yet this book is anything but simple in execution.
The build-up is very deftly paced, but what’s most amazing is the portrait of America as disaster hits, especially the speed with which human society crumbles in the aftermath.
If you’re into post-apocalyptic fiction, this is an absolute classic.
It’s infused with curious 1970s sexual mores but this is just added flavour, it doesn’t really date the story.
Lucifer’s Hammer is certainly one of the original sources of paranoia for people across the globe who headed for the hills to await the end of the world… because what goes down here ain’t pretty.
But it is absolutely gripping.
It’s a long book — probably about 800 pages in old money. I read it on the Kindle (much easier to carry around when you’re travelling).
But I didn’t want it to end.
Which is sort of a strange thing to say about a book that is all about THE END.
It’s right up there with the best sci-fi of that era… definitely worth your consideration.