‘Fire in the Sky’ Review: An Entertaining Guide to All Things Asteroid

Fire in the Sky is an entertaining look at the history of comets, meteors and asteroids, and their place in Earth’s past, present and future. Dillow writes in an accessible, down-to-earth tone, shedding light on the many wonders of these mysterious objects that haunt science fiction novels and movies. You’ll finish the book with a deep reverence for the sheer power of these celestial objects and a hint of fear at the havoc they can wreak. 

This is a wonderful guide to all things asteroid. There’s so much I didn’t know beyond the incredibly dramatic portrayals in movies and books. Mankind’s understanding of these objects has been a long time in the making, as evidenced by the centuries-long believes that every bit of light or rock in the sky was the beginning of a doomsday that would never come to fruition. It took a long time for science to catch up and, once it did, the race for knowledge was off and running. Dillow has a unique was of turning historical events and scientific analysis into extremely readable stories. This isn’t a book full of complex science, but a narrative story inspired by those complexities. You’ll find information on the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, the history of asteroid prospectors and their subsequent demise, and the stats on meteorite fatalities and injuries per year, just to name a few. It’s a collection of everything asteroid, from the expected to the wildly unexpected. 

Overall, Fire in the Sky is an expertly written story of one of the universe’s most common forces. It’s entertaining and extremely readable, with facts that will shock and history that will elicit a few audible gasps. 

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Fire in the Sky: Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, and the Race to Defend Earth

By Gordon L. Dillow
Scribner


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