on 17 February 2008
This book by John Lewis is very intriguing read. Roughly 220 pages with fifteen chapters, and easy to read. He explored the threats from space as well discussed the asteroid impacts from the past in our solar system, including that of Mars, Moon, Mercury, and even the impacts on asteroids themselves.
Out of all informative and fascinating chapters in this book, I felt the fourteenth chapter is most chilling to read because the author brings the reader to experience each scenario of impacts from A to J. Each is frightening as one begin to see, as the computer simulations show, what it would be like to be collided with the iron asteroid.
Overall, I felt this book is directed towards bringing the public awareness of the threats from space as it is likely. Not everyone ever believes that Earth will get hit by comets or asteroids, and that we are safe from such threats. This book can help one to understand the grace issue of such threats, and why we would need to look up and be aware of such cosmic events will happen, and it is just the matter of when. This book will surely be added to that awareness.
In my opinion, I really recommend this book.
on 16 March 1998
John S. Lewis uses his extensive knowledge of asteroids and comets to create "Rain of Iron and Ice", the most authoritative work on the cosmic threat that I have read to date.
Most fascinating and frightening about the book is the computer simulations of impacts at various locations around the world. The scenarios are a reminder of exactly how vunerable the Earth is to a threat that is largely misunderstood and taken for granted.
Serious students of asteroid and comet impact will appreciate the technical accuracy with which Lewis delivers the material. Those picking up the book for the first time will be surprised with the ease of readability and the easy flow of the author's words.
The accuracy and readability of "Rain of Iron and Ice" will leave no doubt as to just how real the threat asteroids and comets pose to our planet.
on 27 August 1998
An excellent book, both for the beginner, or for the serious student of cosmic impact. The author takes us on a tour of impacts through the solar system, and then back through the history of our own planet, revealing some disturbing evidence of past impact. If you're looking for a good book on the subject, this is it.
on 11 April 2013
Although published in 1996 this authoritative introduction to the Asteroid Age is an excellent primer, explaining why western science was until recently so willfully blind to the significance of asteroids. John S Lewes, professor of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona is the acknowledged expert in this field. He carefully describes the zoo of asteroids and comets, the risks they pose to life on planets, the impact they have had for instance in removing 90% of Mars' atmosphere, while filling Earth's low lying land with ocean. Rain of Ice and Iron is a great prelude to Lewes' next book "Mining the Sky" which describes the incredible wealth available for mankind within easy reach.
John S Lewes has recently become Chief Scientist at Deep Space Industries, a company newly launched to lead the asteroid goldrush.