Written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
Narrated by Marc Vietor.
Tim Hamner is a wealthy bachelor living off of the residuals from his family’s soap business and playing seriously at being an amateur astronomer. Invoking the word “seriously” I mean that he has built his own professional grade observatory high in the Sierras and staffed it with a disgruntled graduate student. Harvey, an ex-war correspondent, wants to make a documentary about Tim’s co-discovered new comet. This leads to lots of people taking an interest, and a lot of others laughing it off…right up until it hits the earth and civilization evolves.
Natural disasters as aftershocks, rioting, Lord of the Flies situations, desperate couplings of frightened people and cannibalism are just some of the areas the story lines brush up against. The folks who were interested from the start coined the phrase “Hot fudge Sundae but on a Tuesday”. As the date approached the survivalists preparing were said to have “Hammer Fever”. After impact, those remaining were reduced to a kernel of civilization and a whole lot of savagery.
The effects of impact were well thought out in this story yet I sense that they were scaled down from what really would have happened. I’m certain the co-authors argued back and forth about how much mayhem would leave them anything to work with in the aftermath for the story line. They did manage to produce an excellent work of Science Fiction. The Narration was well done also with voice range and delivery. Four units of nerdy satisfaction are thus assigned. Carry On!
I’ll Buy You the Moon
Written by Hugh B. Long.
This short story takes place in a not so future Earth. Mega Corp has blocked out the sky with solar collectors and the chasm between the poor and the rich is huge. No longer can anyone have access to medical care, most have to give up have a years wages to even get a check up. Hanna and Clara are orphaned sisters.
Hanna works in a food processing plant sixteen hours a day to pay for the one bedroom apartment she shares with Clara and occasionally food. Her landlady helps but things are bleak. Clara is sickly and has only one persistent wish. Hanna only has Clara now…and she will give of herself to grant that wish.
As a short story this tale rocked it. The science fiction is not hand wavy and the description of society as it is right now is accurate to a scary truth. Dying seems to be the only free thing. I’m giving this four out of five entertainment points. Well done!
Normally I would put a direct link for where you could buy this work but instead I’ve given you the author’s website. Enjoy!
Written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Narrated by Macleod Andrews
Damn it, no damn is safe!
The Centauran circus has come to town and they are serious about their take.
Apparently…so are we
I’m not sure who was imitating who but Footfall is a 1985 SciFi novel not unlike the Colonization series by Turtledove. Now these guys do not need praise or criticism from somebody three decades later but it is astounding how this work has stood the test of time…written as it was, a near term work.
Pachyderm-like aliens invade our solar system to try and take Earth from us. They bombard us with kinetic weapons, lasers and other crap they inherited from their predecessors. We on the other hand, are stimulated into innovations for fighting back. Can you hear the jingoistic species martial music in the background?
By the way, where else can a borderline alcoholic biker guy become a hero and then a space combatant ship do it all engineer? I liked this book back when I read the dead-tree version and I still like it in audio. Four stars for some hard SciFi.