The Hammer of God

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Clarke's first major solo novel in years--a national bestseller--tells the compelling story of the race to protect Earth from imminent destruction. An asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and while a starship tries to redirect it, religious fanatics engage in sabotage to ensure that their predicted Apocalypse will come.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556909627
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke has long been considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He was an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that a 1945 article by him led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Clarke -- both fiction and nonfiction -- have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. He died in 2008.

Biography

Widely considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time, Arthur C. Clarke turned his formidable technical knowledge and lively creative imagination into an amazing career that spanned the fields of literature, invention, futurology, and entertainment.

Born in 1917 in the seaside town of Minehad in Somerset, England, Clarke developed an early interest in both science and its literary sister, speculative science fiction. After secondary school he moved to London and joined the British Interplanetary Society, where he contributed articles to the Society's bulletin. During WWII, he joined the RAF, working in the experimental trials of Ground Controlled Approach Radar, the forerunner of today's air traffic control systems. (This experience inspired his only non-science fiction novel, 1963's Glide Path.) In a technical paper written in 1945 for the UK periodical Wireless World, he set out the principles of satellite communication that would lead to the global satellite systems in use today.

After WWII, he attended King's College, London, on scholarship and received first class honors in Physics and Mathematics. He sold his first sci-fi story to Astounding Science Fiction magazine in May of 1946. From that point on, he never stopped writing. Some of his more notable works include Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, and The Fountains of Paradise.

In 1964, Clarke was approached by film auteur Stanley Kubrick to collaborate on a science fiction movie script. The material chosen for adaptation was Clarke's 1948 short story "The Sentinel," an eerie tale about the discovery of an extraterrestrial artifact. Over the next four years, he expanded the story into a full-length novel, while simultaneously writing the screenplay with Kubrick. In 1968, both versions of 2001: A Space Odyssey debuted to great acclaim. Clarke also worked in television -- as a consultant during the CBS news coverage of the Apollo 12 and 15 space missions and as creator of two distinguished series, "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World" and "Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers."

In 1954, Clarke visited Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon). He fell in love with the country and settled there in 1956, founding a guided diving service and continuing to produce his astonishing books and articles. On March 19, 2008, he died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90, leaving behind an impressive literary legacy and millions of bereft fans.

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Clarke shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Clarke was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.

In 1986, the Science Fiction Writers of America bestowed on Clarke the title of Grand Master.

At home in Sri Lanka, Clarke survived the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 that caused the deaths of more than a quarter million people.

Clarke was an expert scuba diver and in 1956 founded a guided diving service in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon.

In Profiles of the Future (1962), Clarke set forth his "Three Laws," provocative observations on science, science fiction, and society:

  • "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
  • "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
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      1. Date of Birth:
        December 16, 1917
      2. Place of Birth:
        Minehead, Somerset, England
      1. Date of Death:
        March 19, 2008
      2. Place of Death:
        Sri Lanka
      1. Education:
        1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 30, 2001

      Atlas may have not held up the stars, but Aurthor C. Clarke sure earned them.

      <font size='3'><pre> '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.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 7, 2000

      The Hammer of God: Belief is the key...

      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.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 19, 2000

      Arthur's got it right!

      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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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 12, 2002

      excellent

      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.

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