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Little Canada Book Club - "Death from the Skies!" by Phil Plait

For our January meeting we will be discussing the book "Death from the Skies!" by Phil Plait.

From Publishers Weekly
Plait, an astronomer and author of the popular Web site, presents in loving detail the many, many ways the human race could die, from temperature extremes and poisonous atmosphere to asteroid impacts and supernovae explosions. Such a state of destruction existed some 65 million years ago, when a giant meteoroid struck Earth, sending up so much flaming debris that the whole planet caught fire and the dinosaurs were wiped out. Solar flare activity could bring on another Ice Age. Worse yet would be a gamma ray burster, a collapsed star whose radiation would be comparable to detonating a one-megaton nuclear bomb over every square mile of the planet. Plait discusses insatiable black holes, the death of the Sun and cannibal galaxies—including our own. Balancing his doomsday scenarios with enthusiastic and clear explanations of the science behind each, Plait offers a surprisingly educational and enjoyable astronomical horror show, including a table listing the extremely low odds of each event occurring. He gives readers a good scare, and then puts it in context. Illus. (Oct. 20)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Caribou Coffee asks that we make a minimum purchase of $25 to use their meeting room. To ensure we cover the cost of the room, please let the cashier know you are with the book club if you buy something. Our future reading list is:
February: "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" by Carl Sagan
March: "Virus of the Mind" by Richard Brodie

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to run out of there, but a cosmic blowtorch brought my migraine back. I enjoyed myself up until then haha. Hope to be in better shape next month! It was great to see everyone again.

    January 9, 2010

  • Nancy

    Had another great time spending some weekend hours!

    January 9, 2010

  • Jack C.

    This is a great book club. So many smart and interesting people. I learn something every time I attend.

    January 9, 2010

  • Patricia M.

    Although the consensus at our December meeting seemed to be a preference for meeting on Sundays, I was not able to book a room for January 10th. So our January meeting will be on Saturday the 9th, but I will try to schedule for Sundays in the future. I have already booked a room at Caribou for Sunday February 14th.

    December 15, 2009

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