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The Hammer of God av Arthur C. Clarke
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The Hammer of God (urspr publ 1993; utgåvan 1994)

av Arthur C. Clarke

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A century into the future, technology has solved most of the problems that have plagued our time. However, a new problem is on the horizon-one greater than humanity has ever faced. A massive asteroid is racing toward the earth, and its impact could destroy all life on the planet. Immediately after the asteroid-named "Kali" after the Hindu goddess of chaos and destruction-is discovered, the world's greatest scientists begin their search for a way to prevent disaster. In the meantime, Captain Robert Singh, aboard the starship Goliath, may be the only person who can stop the asteroid. But this heroic role may demand the ultimate sacrifice.… (mer)
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Titel:The Hammer of God
Författare:Arthur C. Clarke
Info:Spectra (1994), Paperback, 272 pages
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I love Arthur C Clarke for his superb world-building and philosophical narrative style, but the man cannot write a suspenseful plot to save his life. Ugh. ( )
  lightkensei | May 17, 2020 |
Once again the earth is menaced by an asteroid. Unfortunately, this is no longer fiction. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
En el siglo XXII, los humanos habitan la Luna y Marte. Una veterana de guerra ha fundado Crislam, doctrina religiosa impartida a través de módulos de realidad virtual. Aunque no queda comida natural, reciclando desechos se consigue cualquier plato. La ingeniería genética es capaz de todo, pero el Papa se opone a cada nuevo avance... La aparición de un asteroide que amenaza con caer sobre la Tierra desencandenará una crisis de consecuencias imprevisibles.
  ctroncoso | Sep 10, 2019 |
This late work by the author deals with an SF cliche, an asteroid on track to crash into Earth and wipe out most life. I have to say that this was not my favourite example of that sub-genre. While Clarke writes with his usual fluency and hard science background, I felt that the whole was less than the sum of its (often very good) parts. The main character Robert Singh had a significant backstory, though I found the to-ing and fro-ing within his timeline a little confusing. There was just not enough plot, and not until the last quarter or so did the threat of worldwide destruction really come through. So, all in all, a little disappointing, though a quick read at under 200 pages. ( )
  john257hopper | Aug 27, 2019 |
This is one of Clarke's later novels, and less well known than some of his classic stories from his vintage period during the late 1970s and through the 1980s. It does, however, rank with the best of his books. All his customary traits are on display: plausible and empathetic characters, a well-constructed plot and a scientific context that is technically viable yet also readily accessible to even the most scientifically ignorant (among whose ranks I immediately declare myself).

The novel is set in the late twenty-second century at a time when Earth has established colonies on Mars and beyond. Quite by chance, amateur astronomer Dr Angus Miller discovers a new asteroid moving through the far reaches of the solar system. Closer inspection shows that its trajectory will put it on a collision course with Earth. Given its immense size it soon becomes evident that the impact will be as catastrophic as that which caused the demise of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.

In recognition of its lethal potential the asteroid is name Kali, after the fierce, retributive Hindu goddess. Earth is not defenceless, though, and plans are brought into play to try to deflect Kali from its current course. Robert Singh, captain of the spaceship Goliath stationed at the Lagrange Point ahead of Jupiter's orbit, is ordered to go to Kali, and attach a fission motor and huge supplies of fuel, with a view to nudging Kali off its current course. A deviation of even a few centimetres that far out should be sufficient at that distance to deflect Kali sufficiently away from its lethal course and save the home planet.

This all sounds far too simple and straightforward, and there has to be a catch. Back on Earth religious fundamentalism rears its head, in the guise of Chrislam, a hybrid faith that had established a strong hold over millions of followers during the twenty-first century. Chrislamists see the threat posed by Kali as a divine sign - if it impacts with Earth and wreaks havoc, killing billions of people, then that will be the will of God, and his followers will join him in Heaven and enjoy his everlasting redemption. If, on the other hand, it passes safely by, then God will have intervened and shown his divine mercy.

Clarke gives us an engaging story embellished with touches of satire, comedy and emotion. All in all, a heady mix, and Clarke shows how powerful and worthy science fiction can be, when crafted by a master. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Aug 18, 2019 |
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Avon, JohnOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Edelstein, Glen M.Formgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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The clock of evolution had been reset; the countdown to man had begun.
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A century into the future, technology has solved most of the problems that have plagued our time. However, a new problem is on the horizon-one greater than humanity has ever faced. A massive asteroid is racing toward the earth, and its impact could destroy all life on the planet. Immediately after the asteroid-named "Kali" after the Hindu goddess of chaos and destruction-is discovered, the world's greatest scientists begin their search for a way to prevent disaster. In the meantime, Captain Robert Singh, aboard the starship Goliath, may be the only person who can stop the asteroid. But this heroic role may demand the ultimate sacrifice.

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