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The Hammer of God ❮Read❯ ➵ The Hammer of God Author Arthur C. Clarke – A century into the future technology has solved most of the problems that have plagued our time However a new problem is on the horizon one greater than humanity has ever faced A massive asteroid is r A century into the future technology has solved most of the problems that have plagued our time However a new problem is on the horizon one greater than humanity has ever faced A massive asteroid is racing toward the earth and its impact could destroy all life on the planetImmediately after the asteroid – named Kali after the Hindu goddess The Hammer PDF/EPUB ² of chaos and destruction – is discovered the world's greatest scientists begin their search for a way to prevent disaster In the meantime Captain Robert Singh aboard the starship Goliath may be the only person who can stop the asteroid But this heroic role may demand the ultimate sacrifice.

10 thoughts on “The Hammer of God

  1. Lyn Lyn says:

    Sir Arthur C Clarke – one of the “BIG THREE” golden era hard science fiction writers along with Robert A Heinlein and Isaac Asimov – was still writing fresh and relevant and scientifically exciting books in the 90s almost 50 years after he began writing storiesThe Hammer of God first published in 1993 following the publication of a short story setting out the essential framework of the idea demonstrates Clarke’s far ranging scientific vision for the genre While the idea that an asteroid or a comet could slam into the Earth and cause catastrophe had been explored before Larry Niven’s Lucifer's Hammer had been published in 1977 Clarke developed the idea that a team of Earth’s scientists and engineers could do something about itSet in the future life on Earth had approached utopia with the advent of scientific and technological breakthroughs that solved most of our Childhood problems But when astronomers discovered a relatively small asteroid – given the name Kali – that was on a destruction course for Earth plans were set into motion to save our planetStephen Spielberg bought the film rights to this book and with some significant changes that production led to the 1998 film Deep Impact Coincidentally or interesting depending on Hollywood insider standards The Michael Bay film Armageddon also came out in 1998Never content to just deal in the grand idea Clarke also explores social political and theological changes that have occurred in this future and how those settings further impact the plotCharacterization is an element of a Clarke novel that never seems to get sufficient lift off and this trend continues here but on the flip side Clarke has no problem jumping millennia centuries or decades to connect the dots and that is fun tooGood reading

  2. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    Read for post apocalyptic book clubLast month we read Lucifer's Hammer so in keeping with the hammercomet impact theme we decided to compare and contrast This one is FAR betterWhen I was around 13 Arthur C Clarke was my very favorite author I read and re read everything by him in the public library However by the time this book came out in 1993 he'd kind of fallen off my radar It wasn't so much that my tastes had changed as that my life was a bit chaotic at the time not apocalypse level chaotic but enough that I wasn't really tracking authorsThe first thing that struck me on reading this was Oh yes THIS is why I liked Clarke so much I just really enjoy his writing style He might not have the deepest characterization like many sci fi authors of his era but his writing is just very engaging full of interesting ideas and striking images while managing to stay consistently accessible However I can't say that this book is Clarke's peak It was expanded from a magazine article and it shows It's barely a novel really It has absolutely zero plot tension As a matter of fact I'm not sure I've ever read a relaxed feeling chatty lead up to an apocalypse The end of the world is louring and Clarke is just like Let me go on a tangent and tell you something interesting that I was just thinking about Actually the whole book kind of feels like sitting down to dinner with an elderly Clarke and letting him just ramble on to you about whatever comes into his head Now that's not a bad thing I would've jumped at such an opportunity ButThe situation here is that a comet is approaching the earth As it comes closer it begins to look and likely that it will hit Captain Robert Singh of the Goliath is the head of a space mission that will attempt to divert or deflect the extraterrestrial missile from our path As I said along the way there are plenty of tangents I actually think my favorite part of the book might've been the bit about running a foot race on Mars on its own it would've made an exceedingly fine short story Does it really even belong where it is in this book Not sureOverall a good book but not a great one

  3. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsI was at my local public library trying to sign up for e book service Don’t get me started on how annoying that was when I stumbled upon this book As I began reading I wondered how I had missed this novel back in the 90s This was answered within two chapters however when I realized I had read this back in the day and just forgotten about it The premise of The Hammer of God is drum roll please an steroid on a collision course with Earth And yes there have been several novels exploring this same premise and also a couple movie released in 1998 For those keeping track the movies were Deep Impact starring Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman and Armageddon directed by Michael Bay produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and headlined by a star studded cast including Bruce Willis Ben Affleck Billy BobThornton Liv Tyler and Owen Wilson Mr Clarke’s novel is a bit different from the normal disaster end of the world story or movie in that it spends the majority of its time following the life of our main character spaceship captain Robert Singh Singh appears to be a normal man of his times and we explore that time through his life We are shown his youth as an athlete competing in a marathon race on the Lunar surface We are watch as Singh reminisces about his first love and his first child being born on a technocrat controlled Earth of 3 billion people From there we follow Robert Singh to the colony on Mars which is gradually terra forming the Red Planet and we even touch upon his time as a bored space captain Interspersed among our life story of Robert Singh is plenty of narrative about Earth history the evolution of technology religion and society and the how of Earth’s plan to protect itself against the fate of the dinosaurs extinction by asteroid strike Eventually Mr Clarke gets around to talking about our ominous asteroid of death Kali it is named The how and why of Kali’s existence is touched upon and we then are given a brief story of Goliath Singh's ship emergency voyage to rendevous with Kali The narrative briefly describes the construction and operation of a special thruster used on Kali to nudge its orbit a tiny bit so as to make it miss Earth and since this is a novel not a scientific paper Mr Clarke throws several problems at Robert Singh and the crew of the Goliath to complicates their task and make it a interesting story All in all this was a decent novel but it was not a great one by any stretch Mr Clarke writes at the end that The Hammer of God began its existence as a short story and it probably should have remained one because it seemed stretched out for no practical purpose except to relay scientific information Also the difficulties encountered by Singh and his ship seem impractical and somewhat ridiculous though they did add a small amount of drama No matter its faults however I will admit that the moments when Robert Singh contemplates his past and speaks about his first love and his first child being the most precious times of his life were poignantly written and did touch a chord with me For that reason and the science it imparts I’m glad I “rediscovered” this book

  4. Jake Jake says:

    This is an especially important Clarke novel because its central plot is mitigating the threat of an asteroid impact The prospect of such an event which many scientists regard as inevitable plays out as a subplot in other Clarke novels including Rendezvous with Rama But here it is what the novel is all about While I felt this novel lacked the philosophical depth of 2001 A Space Odyssey or Childhood's End I enjoyed the science in it and Clarke's concise approach to plot development The man never drifted into 1000 page novels that say Hey look at all my research n' stuff He kept to the key issues he wanted to exploreMy favorite part of this novel is a speech describing the groupings of asteroids that exist in gravitational pockets on either side of Jupiter's orbital path Invoking a sense of Greek mythology this speech masterfully depicts the shooting gallery effect the gas giant has on inner planets Don't miss this one

  5. Carl Alves Carl Alves says:

    In The Hammer of God a comet threatens to destroy human life on the planet Earth This doesn’t represent all of humanity since humans have colonized the moon and the planet Mars so in a worst case scenario the human race lives on Tasked with the monumental challenge of redirecting the comet is Captain Singh and his crew of scientists on the Goliath with a laser weapon that is designed to slightly redirect the course of the comet so that it doesn’t splatter Earth Plan B is to use a massive warhead attached to a missile which still may not solve the problem only splinter the comet into many smaller pieces which still may do serious damageIf you strip down the book to its basic plot it’s about the size of a long short story or a short novella There isn’t really a whole lot to it Mostly the novel is a series of flashbacks and backstory but there wasn’t a whole lot of meat on the bones so to speak As a result there wasn’t a whole lot of continuity in the novel and it felt very scattered It was a uick read but at the same time it seemed there was a significant amount of fluff Ultimately I thought it was a solid read but it didn’t wow meCarl Alves – author of Reconuest Mother Earth

  6. Ryan Stewart Ryan Stewart says:

    Great classic sci fi from one of the masters of the genre This is short but profound

  7. Mark Mark says:

    Another end of a year another re reading of a Clarke novel It's something I find I do every year around Arthur's birthdate in DecemberThis time I’ve gone for one of his last The Hammer of God is Arthur's first solo novel after The Ghost from the Grand Banks and his first novel after The Garden of Rama his co authorship of the third in the Rama series with Gentry Lee The fourth book in the Rama series Rama Revealed was published four months after this He was yet to become 'Sir Arthur' which didn't happen until 1998The Hammer of God was a novel expanded from a short story first published by Time Magazine in October 1992 although it uses Clarkean themes from earlier novels Most noticeable is the idea of Spaceguard the orbital early warning system mentioned in the first few pages of Rendezvous with RamaIn short The Hammer of God is a disaster novel telling of the impending arrival of an asteroid named Kali the Hindu god of death to Earth threatening apocalyptic destructionWhat makes this different from other disaster novels of course is that this is a novel told with Clarke’s uniue voice The plot is told in about fifty short chapters each rarely than a couple of pages long The story is mainly focussed around Robert Singh who is the captain of the expedition to hopefully stop Kali before it reaches Earth Named Goliath the plan is to gently nudge Kali using a pile driver so that it misses EarthIf this sounds like another Earth in peril story well it is What makes this a little different is that along the way we get a story filled with Clarke’s ideas many of which are unusual though suffused with Sir Arthur’s gentle humour He suggests that in this future the religions of Christianity and Islam have combined to create ‘Chrislam’ sharing their central beliefs for the good of all Computers are now part of everyday life although as written from the perspective of 1993 perhaps not as much as social media would predominate today Goliath is partly run by an AI unsurprisingly called David who has developed some uite human mannerisms David is a much personable version of his famous predecessor HAL 9000There’s an engaging list of what I suspect were Clarke’s interests at the time – mysteries from his television series Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World religion social studies scientific research – all combined in his trademark slightly bemused often gently sardonic written style and encapsulated into a 'humans in peril' storyAnd most of all at the end there is the idea that science triumphs all that it can be used for the human race’s greater good which is combined with the often used Clarke belief that when Mankind works together it can do great things There are concerns along the way but in the end it is a positive workWhen I first read this back in the 1990's I felt that it was a lesser Clarke novel And so it is Whilst I would never claim it was a book written for the money – after all Clarke by this stage in his career had no need to do so – it does use themes recognisable throughout his earlier work This is not necessarily a bad thing but it does mean that similar material has been published before Whereas once Sir Arthur led the way in fresh ideas and concepts here I found it of an accumulation of his favourite ideas at the time of writing some of which have been used before It was however a lovely experience to read again material with Clarke’s ever identifiable voice and familiar ideas but whereas before such material broke new ground here it just consolidates the concepts into an engagingly enjoyable readIn short it's a story that Clarke fans will enjoy I enjoyed it a great deal and it reminded me of what a voice we have lost but whilst entertaining it is not one to hold up as 'classic' Clarke

  8. Arun Divakar Arun Divakar says:

    The climb to higher pedestals of scientific achievement has made man snug in his confidence A confidence that erroneously makes him think that most if not all the challenges that nature throws at him can be averted by his technical toys Let's now take help from a talented sci fi author and fast forward into a technically much advanced future Mars and Moon have been colonized and man is perhaps at the Zenith of his technical prowess Now take one of the oldest points of terror of humanity a rain of fire from the skies and add it to this mix What comes of this concoction is The Hammer of God A meteor threatens humanity with extinction and a bold team of space cowboys goes out there to save all of us and that pretty much sums up the whole plot The point of difference between this novel and the likes of movies like Armageddon is definitely the writing by Clarke Backed up with points of scientific fact and interesting view points on the growth of science in an exceedingly technically addicted world comes this swashbuckler While not exactly Clarke's best writing it is a uick and breezy read Even for a relatively slow reader like me the book took somewhere close to 6 hours to finishAn interesting read

  9. David (דוד) David (דוד) says:

    35 StarsGood theme Story reminds us of possibilities of disaster if an asteroid or a comet crosses its path with the earth's orbit and in such an instance what can us collectively as a so called intelligent species do try to intervene and avoid the disaster or allow it to happen as Nature wants it soTaking place in the year 2110 uite an amount of futuristic technology has been very well described where humanity has been successful in colonizing the Moon and Mars where the latter is at this point in its longer process of terraforming A well described sport Running on the lunar surface's 16 gee is an interesting idea; formation of a reconciled religion called Chrislam; the Brainman a Virtual Reality machine worn on the head where billions of atom sized terminals make painless contact with the skin of the cranium to revisit one's memories or entertain or educate oneself These were absolutely amazing ideas to read and will rate it very high The story however fails to keep the reader grasped after one half of the book but has its own twists and turnsAs is sometimes the case Clarke has used the storyline in this as a thread around which his amazing ideas have been woven The book is worth reading for these futuristic ideas if not the story

  10. melydia melydia says:

    This was my first Clarke book and though I'm generally pretty unenthusiastic about death comet hurtling towards Earth stories this one was surprisingly good Clarke is clearly an idea guy; much of the story is about the various technologies that have emerged over the next couple hundred years with only smaller parts devoted to the trials of the characters Usually this sort of thing would turn me off which probably says a lot for the talent of Clarke I read this book over the course of about 30 hours including a lengthy flight where I rarely can read for very long at a stretch So that's saying something Certainly worth picking up if you're a fan of SF

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