The Hammer of God

The Hammer of God

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by Arthur C. Clarke
     
 

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In the year 2110 technology has cured  most of our worries. But even as humankind enters  a new golden age, an amateur astronomer points  his telescope at just the right corner of the night  sky and sees disaster hurtling toward Earth: a  chunk of rock that could annihilate civilization.  While a few

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In the year 2110 technology has cured  most of our worries. But even as humankind enters  a new golden age, an amateur astronomer points  his telescope at just the right corner of the night  sky and sees disaster hurtling toward Earth: a  chunk of rock that could annihilate civilization.  While a few fanatics welcome the apocalyptic  destruction as a sign from God, the greatest  scientific minds of Earth desperately search for a way to  avoid the inevitable. On board the starship  Goliath Captain Robert Singh and his crew must race  against time to redirect the meteor form its deadly  collision course. Suddenly they find themselves  on the most important mission in human history—a  mission whose success may require the ultimate  sacrifice.

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"Clarke is still at the top of his  game."—The Detroit News.  

"As good as any anything he's written.  . .for a hard-science-fiction treat, I suspect  The Hammer Of God won't be  topped."—Star Tribune, Minneapolis.  

"Classic Clarke. . .a good  story."—The Denver Post.

"Entertaining. . .[Clark] handles both ideas  and characters with deftness and wit; in short,  the outstanding living science fiction writers is romping."—Chicago  Sun-Times.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clarke's SF novel concerns an asteroid on a collision course with 22nd-century earth. (Nov.)
Library Journal
As an asteroid named ``Kali'' hurtles toward earth on a collision course that spells the end to life on the planet, a lone spaceship armed with a weapon to alter the asteroid's path attempts to carry out its perilous mission--unaware that others are simultaneously working for earth's destruction. In the capable hands of science fiction veteran Clarke, a standard cosmic disaster plot becomes a lucid commentary on humanity's place in the cosmos. A good choice for science fiction collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553568714
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
428,127
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.73(d)

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Hammer of God 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Hammer of God' by Aurthor C. Clarke is one of Clarke's finest writings. Its realistic details, how it is written and entire idea make this book a classic. The detail in this story is exceptional. It is obvious someone did his research. How he describes the planets and stars draws a 3 dimensional image in your head. The book is told from many different point of views. One is from the main character Bob Singh. As you read the book you feel your in Bob's head, or sitting on Air Force One, taking part in the unanimous vote. The plot of this book is fantastic. How Clarke included all aspects including the religous fanatics is incredible. Its like reading an article out of a newspaper. So realistic, I say this again because I have never read a book with such realism. 'The Hammer of God' by Aurthor C. Clarke is an amazing book with realistic details, fantastic writing and a believable plot. This book will be one of the lasting classics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clarke has captured the esscence of what readers are missing in the genre of science fiction. The reader wants a plot line, along with an insight into the human condition, that is both escapist and realistic. It is a great self-destruction that exists within all readers of literature that makes them thirst for this 'realistic impossibility'. We commonly only come across works of escapism, which, as entertaining as they are, provide nothing more than a way to escape the shackles of present-day technological accomplishment. Arthur C. Clarke has written a novel capable of providing the reader with a view into a future that is not so out of reach, not so easy to dismiss as fancy. An exciting, if not fresh, plot is there, but the main feature which draws people towards this book is the fact that as much as we would like to doubt the future existence of the improbable, we can still experience it through Clarke's writings. We do not have to think hard to discover the human condition as it exists in the realm of the future, for Sir Clarke has done it for us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Arthur C. Clarke lets his genius shine and shows how up to date he is with technology. The development of the highly sophisticated nuclear fusion propulsion system used in this novel is just the sort of project that the United States and the Russian Federation should pool their talent and resources to create in an effort to avert such a calamity from ever happening. As with many of Dr. Clarke's novels, this warning should not be taken lightly, the suvival of too many species of life on this planet is at stake.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is an amazing work of pure genius the way he works in the small facts to help explain the story and is really accurate with the scientific parts.