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Sioux Falls Scientists endorse MOONFALL for showing us what COULD happen
but how human courage and the laws of physics may save some of us.

MOONFALL
The Most Awesome Catastrophe Ever
By Jack McDevitt

MOONFALL (1998) 464 pages
MOONFALL at Amazon.com

It's the 21st century, and all is right with the world. Or so it seems.

Vice President Charlie Haskell, who will travel anywhere for a photo op, is about to cut the ribbon for the just-completed American Moonbase. The first Mars voyage is about to leave high orbit, with a woman at the helm. Below, the world is marveling at a rare solar eclipse.

But all that is right is about to go disastrously wrong when an amateur astronomer discovers a new comet. Named for its discover, Tomiko is a "sun-grazer" an interstellar wanderer with a hundred times the mass and ten times the speed of other comets. And it's headed straight for our moon.

In less than five days, if scientists' predictions are right, Tomiko will crash into the moon, shattering it into a cloud of super-heated gas, dust and huge chunks of rock that will rain down on earth, causing chaos and killer storms, possibly tidal waves inundating entire cities…or worse: a single apocalyptic worldwide "extinction event.'

In the meantime, the population of Moonbase must be evacuated by a hastily assembled fleet of shuttle rockets. There isn’t room, or time enough, for everyone. And the vice president, who rashly promised to be the last off ("I will lock the door and turn off the lights"), is trying to figure out how to get away without eating his words.

In MOONFALL, McDevitt has created a disaster thriller of truly epic proportions, featuring a cast of unforgettable characters: a reluctant Russian rocket jockey entrusted with the lives of squabbling refugees; the woman chosen to be the first on Mars who may now be the last on the Moon; the scientist who must deflect the "possums" (POSSible IMpactors) knocked from orbit or witness the end of science itself. And at the center of it all is Charlie Haskell; the career politician who discovers his own unexpected reserves of principle as he makes choices not only for himself and his country, but for all of mankind.

MOONFALL is a spellbinding tale of heroism and hope, cowardice and passion played out against the awesome spectacle of human history's darkest night.

Jack McDevitt is the author of Ancient Shores, Eternity Road, and numerous prize-winning short stories. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, taught English and literature, and worked for the U.S. Customs Service in North Dakota and Georgia.

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MOONFALL
The Most Awesome Catastrophe Ever
By Jack McDevitt

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse MOONFALL for showing us what COULD happen
but how human courage and the laws of physics may save some of us.