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Lucifer's Hammer Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1985
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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 known....
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When the comet hits, the Los Angeles Basin is destroyed by a tidal wave and much of the rest of the world is also destroyed. Survivors in the foothill areas of Los Angeles try to escape and it is basically every man for himself. A few make it to Silver Valley, a small valley at the edge of the giant San Joaquin Valley, and regroup at a ranch owned by a California senator.
All of a sudden society reverts to a much earlier stage were daily survival is at a premium. The most important occupations for men are now farmer and warrior, with most of them doing both. While some women help with defense, their main occupations are housewife and mother. No one initially knows if they can survive the coming winter. Meanwhile a gang of black criminals from Los Angeles and a renegade army unit operating in the valley hook up to terrorize the area. The local farmers and the survivors at the ranch team up to oppose them. The future of what's left in California hangs in the balance.