History Literature / LucifersHammer

4th Mar '16 10:08:17 PM Kalaong
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** It's repeatedly referenced that if humanity had been just a ''bit'' more advanced - that is, just ''that'' much better at nuclear physics(and [[IwWantMyJetpack space development]]) - they would have been able to prevent the impact.

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** It's repeatedly referenced that if humanity had been just a ''bit'' more advanced - that is, just ''that'' much better at nuclear physics(and [[IwWantMyJetpack [[IWantMyJetpack space development]]) - they would have been able to prevent the impact.
4th Mar '16 10:08:03 PM Kalaong
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** It's repeatedly referenced that if humanity had been just a ''bit'' more advanced - that is, just ''that'' much better at nuclear physics(and space development) - they would have been able to prevent the impact.

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** It's repeatedly referenced that if humanity had been just a ''bit'' more advanced - that is, just ''that'' much better at nuclear physics(and [[IwWantMyJetpack space development) development]]) - they would have been able to prevent the impact.



* NukeEm: 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. The (oddly prepared) Soviets immediately use their NuclearOption and drop their entire ''Cold War arsenal'' on China.[[spoiler: The USA gets in on the action when the USSR asks for the US's help in nuking China. ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure. ]]

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* NukeEm: 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. The (oddly prepared) Soviets immediately use their NuclearOption and drop their entire ''Cold War arsenal'' on China.[[spoiler: The USA gets in on the action when the USSR asks for the US's help in nuking China. ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure. ]]
16th Feb '16 1:50:15 PM Gatomon41
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Not to be confused with ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'', which deals with a different planetary impact.
16th Jan '16 4:10:15 PM Kalaong
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* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: Averted ''heavily'' due to AuthorAppeal.
-->"People who wouldn't go near an atomic plant lived downstream from dams."
**It's repeatedly referenced that if humanity had been just a ''bit'' more advanced - that is, just ''that'' much better at nuclear physics(and space development) - they would have been able to prevent the impact.
--->"In ten more years we'd have been able to push the damned thing out of our way!"
18th Sep '15 8:18:44 AM Bense
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** The fate of [[spoiler:Charlie Sharps and the JPL staff that followed him]] is left unknown. ** In universe, Harvey Randall never finds out what happened to the looters using the blue van who killed his wife and stole all of his food and supplies, though the readers are told. [[spoiler:They ran into Alim's group, who killed them all and torched the van with a Molotov cocktail before they knew what was inside it]]

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** The fate of [[spoiler:Charlie Sharps and the JPL staff that followed him]] is left unknown.
** In universe, Harvey Randall never finds out what happened to the looters using the blue van who killed his wife and stole all of his food and supplies, though the readers are told. [[spoiler:They ran into Alim's group, who killed them all and torched the van with a Molotov cocktail before they knew what was inside it]]
18th Sep '15 8:17:23 AM Bense
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* AfterTheEnd: Unusually for this type of story, the [[ColonyDrop cometary impact]] doesn't happen until the middle of the story. The last half of the book is all about this trope.
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople: Way, way [[AvertedTrope averted]]. For the most part, the people who survive the end of the world do so by being [[HumansAreBastards selfish, murdering, thieving bastards]]. Even the "good guys" quickly realize that they can only survive by ignoring most of the people who need help.
* ApocalypseHow: Planetary/Societal Collapse.
** Might've been even worse, if the US military didn't get the clarification, that the Soviet Union isn't nuking them, but China, because they nuked them as a preemptive measure.
* ApocalypseNot: The epilogue.

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* AfterTheEnd: Unusually for this type of story, the [[ColonyDrop cometary impact]] doesn't happen until the middle a third of the story. way in. The last half two-thirds of the book is all about this trope.
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople: Way, way [[AvertedTrope averted]]. For the most part, the people who survive the end of the world do so by being [[HumansAreBastards selfish, murdering, thieving bastards]]. Even the "good guys" quickly realize that they can only survive by ignoring or turning away most of the people who need help.
* ApocalypseHow: Planetary/Societal Collapse.
Collapse caused by a comet strike.
** Might've And it might've been even worse, worse if the US military didn't get the clarification, clarification that the Soviet Union isn't was nuking them, but China, because they nuked them as a preemptive measure.
China instead of the US.
* ApocalypseNot: The epilogue.epilogue makes it clear that the survivors are rebuilding.



* AuthorTract: One of the morals of this story is technology (especially nuclear power) is good, while environmentalists and hippies are bad.
* BadassBookworm: Professor Forrester. A charming old man who never raises a hand nor his voice. [[spoiler:The cannibals learn to fear the survivors because he knows how to make mustard gas. 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.]]

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* AuthorTract: One of the morals of this story is technology (especially nuclear power) power and space exploration) is good, while environmentalists environmentalists, the fanatically religious, and hippies are bad.
* BadassBookworm: Professor Forrester. A charming old man who never raises a hand nor his voice. [[spoiler:The cannibals learn to fear the survivors because he knows how to make mustard gas.gas and thermite bombs. 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.]]



* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: The multi-national crew of astronauts on the [=HammerLab=] (specifically sent up to study the approaching comet) provide a running commentary regarding the approach, and likewise continue to feed information for as long as people keep responding on Earth. When it becomes clear that the space program that put them in orbit is now nothing more than a memory, they decide to return to Earth to see what's left. (Not that they have much choice; their supplies will only last so long....)

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: The multi-national crew of astronauts on the [=HammerLab=] (specifically sent up to study the approaching comet) provide a running commentary regarding the approach, and likewise continue to feed information for as long as people keep responding on Earth. When it becomes clear that the space program that put them in orbit is now nothing more than a memory, they decide to return to Earth to see what's left. (Not Not that they have much choice; as their supplies will only last so long....)long....
* ColdSniper:
** The survivors use these to guard their roadblocks. Try to take the guards hostage and BoomHeadshot.
** Marie Vance surprisingly turns into one of these during the defense of the Stronghold against the New Brotherhood.



** Acts as a ShoutOut to Walt Whitman
* CozyCatastrophe: At the end, one of the heroes is celebrating the fact that he and his family (and his friends) have survived the winter, everything's rebuilding, and the future looks bright. Never mind that billions of people are dead and the good guys have effectively organized themselves into a feudal holding...

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** Acts as a ShoutOut to Walt Whitman
Rudyard Kipling.
* CozyCatastrophe: At the end, one of the heroes is celebrating the fact that he and his family (and his friends) have survived the winter, everything's rebuilding, and the future looks bright. Never mind that billions of people are dead and the good guys have effectively organized themselves into a feudal holding...it's about the best that could have been hoped, really.



* DepopulationBomb: The tidal waves caused by the initial cometary impact wipes out most of humanity. In addition, any geological faultlines near an impact site let go completely, causing massive earthquakes and volcano eruptions (and for the purposes of the story, "nearby" means "within a thousand miles") killing most of those who survive the tidal waves. The water vaporized by the oceanic impacts condenses back into rains, causing massive flooding and destroying pretty much any dam still standing after the earthquakes. (Thus drowning people too far away to be killed by the tidal waves.) When you add to this onset of a new ice age caused by nuclear winter conditions, plagues caused by lack of modern medical technology and a shortage of medicine, famine, and the constant danger of bandits, it's a wonder anyone survives to the end of the book at all.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The survivors, living in and around California's San Joaquin Valley, all make jokes about the five announcements they've received over short-wave radio, each proclaiming a different person President of the United States. The only one they give any level of credence to is the group in Colorado Springs (because a) the person making the proclamation is the former Speaker of the House and thus might actually have legal authority and b) apparently NORAD survived and they still have nukes and working bombers). As far as they are concerned, Arthur Jellison (former US Senator and leader of the effort to organize and rebuild) is their leader. One person says Jellison is 'the Duke of San Joaquin'.

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* DepopulationBomb: The tidal waves caused by the initial cometary impact wipes out most of humanity. In addition, any geological faultlines near an impact site let go completely, causing massive earthquakes and volcano eruptions (and for the purposes of the story, "nearby" means "within a thousand miles") killing most many of those who survive the tidal waves. The water vaporized by the oceanic impacts condenses back into rains, causing massive flooding and destroying pretty much any dam still standing after the earthquakes. (Thus earthquakes, thus drowning many people too far away from the coasts to be killed by the tidal waves.) waves. When you add to this onset of a new ice age caused by nuclear winter conditions, plagues caused by lack of modern medical technology and a shortage of medicine, famine, and the constant danger of bandits, it's a wonder anyone survives to the end of the book at all.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: The survivors, living in and around California's San Joaquin Valley, all make jokes about the five announcements they've received over short-wave radio, each proclaiming a different person President of the United States. The only one they give any level of credence to is the group in Colorado Springs (because because a) the person making the proclamation is the former Speaker of the House and thus might actually have legal authority and b) apparently NORAD survived and they still have nukes and working bombers).bombers. As far as they are concerned, Arthur Jellison (former US Senator and leader of the effort to organize and rebuild) is their leader. One person says jokes that Jellison is 'the Duke of San Joaquin'.



* FantasticReligiousWeirdness: 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. Oh, and being a cannibal is okay, if you're on God's mission. People believe him, mainly because they've all committed unspeakable acts and want to believe they've been forgiven.

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* FantasticReligiousWeirdness: 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. Oh, and being a cannibal murder/slaveholder/rapist/cannibal is okay, if you're on God's mission. People The New Brotherhood believe him, mainly because they've all committed unspeakable acts and want to believe they've been forgiven.forgiven.
* GladToBeAliveSex: There are several instances throughout the novel, which is unsurprising when it involves the survivors of an apocalypse.
* GoldDigger: Marie Vance decides she's going to marry one of the most politically powerful of the survivors, and that she will convince him that she loves him for his whole life.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: With a rapidly climbing threshold as conditions deteriorate. By the end of the book, one generally nice character is justifying ''slavery.''
* JiveTurkey: Most of the African-American characters sound like they stumbled out of a 1970s blaxploitation film.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: With a rapidly climbing threshold as conditions deteriorate. By the end of the book, one generally nice character is justifying ''slavery.''
'' One of the themes of the novel is that the good guys can only be as good as they can afford to be. They have to turn many survivors away from their fortified valley because there just isn't food to feed them all through the winter.
* ImAHumanitarian: They started doing it just because they were starving and there was nothing else to eat, but eventually the New Brotherhood starts using forced cannibalism as an InitiationCeremony. "Eat or be eaten."
* JiveTurkey: Most of the African-American characters sound like they stumbled out of a 1970s blaxploitation film. The novel was written in '77.



* TheNightThatNeverEnds: In addition to the dust and debris thrown into the upper atmosphere, the massive amounts of water vaporized by the ocean impacts cause a perpetual 100% cloud cover (at one point in the book, it rains for a ''month'') and thus a perpetual twilight. By the epilogue, the skies are clear again.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: The remnants of a National Guard unit start off only killing and eating people because they have a hard time finding anything to eat. Later, they descend into ImAHumanitarian territory, and use forced-cannibalism ("You can eat it, or you can be eaten. Your choice.") as a sadistic recruiting tool, since cannibalism "indelibly marks a person, on their soul", making said persons permanently pariah with any "decent" folk.

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* TheNightThatNeverEnds: In addition to the dust and debris thrown into the upper atmosphere, the massive amounts of water vaporized by the ocean impacts cause a perpetual 100% cloud cover (at one point in the book, it rains for a ''month'') and thus a perpetual twilight. By the epilogue, the skies are beginning to clear again.
again, though it still rains once or twice every day.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: The remnants of a National Guard unit start off only killing and eating people because they have a hard time finding anything to eat. Later, they descend into ImAHumanitarian territory, and use forced-cannibalism ("You can eat it, or you can be eaten. Your choice.") as a sadistic recruiting tool, since cannibalism "indelibly marks a person, on their soul", making said persons permanently pariah with permanent pariahs to any "decent" folk.



** [[spoiler: Another "nuclear" option shows up in the climax of the book when the main characters resort to homemade poison gas to stop the increasingly large and motivated cannibal army. The idea is roundly considered horrific but saturating the completely exposed and surprised horde with mustard gas certainly does ''work''...]]

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** [[spoiler: Another "nuclear" option shows up in the climax of the book when the main characters resort to homemade poison gas to stop the increasingly large and motivated cannibal army. The idea is roundly considered horrific horrific, but saturating the completely exposed and surprised horde with mustard gas certainly does ''work''...]]



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: The fate of [[spoiler:Charlie Sharps and the JPL staff that followed him]] is left unknown.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: WhatHappenedToTheMouse?:
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The fate of [[spoiler:Charlie Sharps and the JPL staff that followed him]] is left unknown.unknown. ** In universe, Harvey Randall never finds out what happened to the looters using the blue van who killed his wife and stole all of his food and supplies, though the readers are told. [[spoiler:They ran into Alim's group, who killed them all and torched the van with a Molotov cocktail before they knew what was inside it]]


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25th Feb '15 8:00:46 PM Kalaong
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* DareToBeBadass: The story ends on a good one that's directed at the reader as much as the opposing characters; they can go home and fortify their feudal holding at the cost of the world's last nuclear power plant, or they can fight to protect and rebuild the civilization the comet destroyed.
-->'''Delanty''' ''Those are the choices. Go on and be good peasants, safe peasants, superstitious peasants or have worlds to conquer again. To control the lightning again.''
5th Oct '14 7:14:35 PM Kalaong
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* BadassBookworm: Professor Forrester. A charming old man who never raises a hand nor his voice. [[spoiler:The cannibals learn to fear the survivors because he knows how to make mustard gas. 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.]]
-->Trouble rather the tiger in his lair than the sage among his books. For to you Kingdoms and their armies are things mighty and enduring, but to him they are but toys of the moment, to be overturned with the flick of a finger.
21st Apr '14 7:22:04 AM MickeyMoose
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-->''"After its close approach to the sun, the comet was a ghost of its old glory. Most of the volatile chemicals that once made up its mass had long sense been boiled away. But there was hope for it yet. If it could just make it back to the outer solar system, it could live again and become what it was. But it appears there is something in its way..."''

16th Jan '14 12:01:53 PM LongLiveHumour
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** The Chinese government gets one of these, mixed with a massive DarwinAward. See NukeEm below.

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** The Chinese government gets one of these, mixed with a massive DarwinAward.Website/{{Darwin Award|s}}. See NukeEm below.
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