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Rain of Iron and Ice – John S. Lewis

March 12, 2013

Rain of Iron and Ice by John S. Lewis is the first of four books written and/or edited by him about asteroids and comets – how to avoid their kinetic energy and extract their minerals. They have now become reference texts for anyone wanting to become an asteroid miner. At his website, Dr. Lewis announced in Feb 2013 that he is now Chief Scientist for Deep Space Industries (DSI), the second asteroid mining company formed in 2012.

Rain’s subtitle is “The Very Real Threat of Comet and Asteroid Bombardment.”  It has 15 thorough and detailed chapters about these celestial objects, and their specific encounters with Earth.  One of the most terrifying eyewitness arrivals was described in Dr. Lewis’s page one reconstruction of a bolide over the capital of an empire. “Occupants of offices and apartments rushed to their windows, searching the sky for the source of the brilliant flare … For a dozen heartbeats, the city was awestruck, numbed, and silent. Then, without warning, a tremendous blast smote the city, knocking pedestrians to the ground. Shuttered doors and windows blew out … ”  – Constantinople, 472 CE.

240 pages. Helix Books, Rain Of Iron And Ice, U$16, paperback at Amazon.


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