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The Hammer of God (Author Portal Arthur C Clarke) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur C. Clarke
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The Hammer of God is vintage Clarke: superb storytelling, authentic science, and wonderful vignettes of life in the twenty-second century on Earth, the Moon, Mars - and in space.

'The Hammer of God', the short story on which this novel is based, first appeared in Time magazine in the autumn of 1992. It was only the second piece of fiction ever to appear in the magazine - the first having been Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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'Arthur C. Clarke is awesomely informed about physics and astronomy, and blessed with one of the most astounding imaginations...' -- New York Times

'Arthur C. Clarke is one of the truly prophetic figures of the space age ... The colossus of science fiction' -- NEW YORKER

'For many readers Arthur C. Clarke is the very personification of science fiction' -- THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION

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With superb storytelling and authentic science, THE HAMMER OF GOD is vintage Clarke.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LB9HQG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid modern clarke. 21 Feb. 2001
This is the story of a situation that has occupied Clarke for the better part of the last century; that of the earth being hit by an asteroid. Basically, the plot concerns the efforts of the crew of the spacecraft assigned to divert the asteroid. As well as this though there is the typical clarke style writing. This effectively means that the main plot is almost sidetracked by Clarke in order to give his views on man and science and how the two will co-exist in the future. This is a forte of Clarke's and the hammer of God is no exception, with the book concentrating on social change et all without being an excuse to put on a display of futuristic stuff, which much modern, film influenced sci fi does, much to it's discredit. All in all this is one of Clarke's better efforts of recent times. It pales in comparison to Rendezvous with Rama, 2001 or Childhood's End but is a worthy edition to any Clarke fan's collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer of God 13 Mar. 2008
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Clarke's last original stand alone novel tells the story of the attempt to deflect a massive asteroid from colliding with the Earth. It's a narrative that has since been used more than once in Hollywood movies, but Clarke's novel showcases his typically level-headed approach, with any drama resulting wholly from the scientific and mechanical problems faced and overcome by the heroes.

Clarke's prose is stripped back and minimal compared to most modern day SF authors, but this allows 'Hammer of God' to be a pacy read, and there are enough character moments for spaceship Captain Robert Singh to ensure the novel isn't entirely souless. Clarke also does well by providing a near future background that is intruiging, even if it isn't very plausable (none more so than the depressingly disproved speculation that American soldier's contact with religion in the Gulf War would result in a more harmonius future between Christianity and Islam.)

Good, solid, old-school science fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clarke does it again! 17 July 2014
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This is one of Clarke's later works, and less well known than his classics from his vintage period during the late 1970s and through the 1980s but it ranks with his best. All his finest 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 the ranks of whom 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 path will put it on a collision course with Earth. Given its immense size it seems 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 beyond 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 should be sufficient at that distance to push Kali far enough 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A staggering piece of future journalism 15 Dec. 2013
By Jim Noy
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Ostensibly an asteroid-on-collision-course-with-Earth story, The Hammer of God - as Arthur C. Clarke's final solo novel, with only 3001 and various collaborations following - almost feels like a last hurrah; one final chance to chart a convincing and entertaining future history of the human race.

Clarke is one of the few genuinely authoritarian colossi of SF: when he tells you something, you believe it. So when he starts conjecturing in that wonderfully off-handed way of his ('[S]ince the collapse of communism and capitalism - now so long ago that both events seemed simultaneous...') you buy into it. He never has to work too hard at selling you anything, and here covers gigantic leaps of progress in dizzyingly few words to establish a background that seems tangible even when the 'core' story never quite takes flight.

As a piece of narrative, it doesn't really work. The first half arguably jettisons any semblance of plotting in favour of a fractured, journalistic approach that fills in gaps both necessary and thoroughly redundant. This is no bad thing, though, as there is no-one I would rather read on the subject of what might be, and by this relatively late stage in his career Clarke was a master at piling possibility on top of fact. It won't be to everyone's taste, and the perils faced once the plot kicks in will surprise no-one, but it's an overall vision that for me proved joy to bask in.

While not as magisterial as Rendezvous With Rama, nor a gorgeous as The Fountains Of Paradise, frankly what is?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hammer of God
The book is in excellent condition, and arrived quickly after ordering. All of Arthur C. Clarkes' books are worth reading, but it is so long since I read them that I thought I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wilma
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Clarke
This is a classic AC Clarke story, builds slowly with some solid science behind it and with a few nice twists. Not one of his greats , but if you like Clarke you will enjoy this.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting much, much more!
Kali, a most appropriately named asteroid, is on a collision course with Earth and only the crew of the Goliath stands between the planet and devastation. Read more
Published on 13 Jun. 2013 by Kate
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a classic when published, but a cliché story by today's...
I am a huge SciFi fan (Vance, Asimov, Clarke, Hamilton), but this just didn't do it for me. Perhaps at the time of writing it was the first in its kind, but the 'Killer Asteroid'... Read more
Published on 3 May 2013 by J. Ritmeijer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like A C C
Arthur C Clarke lives up to himself in this. It is a typical story, but he carries it off. Not bad at all
Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by nick brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking structure and cohesion
A confused assemblage of various bits and pieces. It's less than 2 years ago that I read this story but I can't remember what had actually happened in the end. Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by Christian Wendt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another taste of genius.
First off, the name 'The Hammer of God' in reference to an asteroid that could destroy mankind is evocative and a perfect tone-setter for Clarke's writing. Read more
Published on 7 Sept. 2002 by Ian Tapley
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