Rain of Iron and Ice

by John S. Lewis (1995) (ISBN: 0-201-15494-3)

From the back cover:

Rain of Iron and Ice show us the unmistakable evidence – from space-probe flybys of the planets to the scars on our own Earth – of cataclysmic comet and asteroid impacts. By comparing what we know about the earth’s geology and paleontology with the ages of the outer planets and moons in our solar system, Lewis makes the strongest case yet for sudden, dramatic extinctions and assesses the risks to planet Earth.

“John Lewis has written elegantly about our Earth in peril. Rain of Iron and Ice is an engaging story of how our Earth has been hit by comets and asteroids before, and of what we could do when it happens again.”
– David H. Levy, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, codiscoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9

“Mr. Lewis takes long views and makes them exciting.”
The Atlantic Monthly

Rain of Iron and Ice is an entertaining and highly readable book.”
New Scientist

“An apocalyptic vision that should be taken with the utmost seriousness by anyone concerned with the long-range fate of the human race.”
Kirkus Reviews

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