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Cosmic Collisions, 

Killer Asteroids, and the 

Race to Defend Earth



 Gordon is a veteran journalist with more than four decades of experience as a reporter, war correspondent and columnist.  He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the old Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Orange County Register and other newspapers, and has also contributed articles to a number of magazines, including the Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Magazine and American Heritage. As a journalist Gordon covered numerous national and international stories, including serving several tours as an embedded reporter with U.S. Marine infantrymen in Iraq from 2003 to 2008. 

 Gordon is the author or co-author of five non-fiction books, all published by major New York publishers. His latest book, “Fire in the Sky: Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids and the Race to Defend Earth” (Scribner), is a popular history/popular science account of Earth-impacting asteroids and comets.  His interest in asteroids began in 2016, when a small asteroid exploded in the atmosphere near his home in Arizona.  His research took him from Meteor Crater in northern Arizona to an observatory atop a 9,000 foot mountain peak and beyond.  He interviewed numerous astronomers, aerospace engineers, NASA "Planetary Defense" officials and others.  After writing this book, Gordon will never look at the nighttime sky in quite the same way.   

Gordon served as a U.S. Army sergeant in Vietnam and is a graduate of the University of Montana journalism school. He lives in northern Arizona with his two dogs. 

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Unlocks the secrets of asteroids and what NASA and others are doing to defend Earth

Journalist Gordon Dillow examines what a small but dedicated group of astronomers have long known - that someday Earth will be hit by an asteroid or comet of potentially catastrophic size.  It has happened many times before, and it will happen again.  Earth shares the Solar System with millions upon millions of asteroids large and small, and inevitably our world will collide with theirs.  To save ourselves and future generations, we must improve our ability to identify dangerous space objects hurtling our way, and, just as critically, figure out how to deflect or destroy them - if we can.

Rich in detail and vast in scope, Fire in the Sky is a scientific adventure story that takes us from scenes of ancient asteroid impacts, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, to mountaintop observatories where professional asteroid hunters seek their prey, to international conferences where experts play out "asteroid war games," to sightings of asteroids that sometimes explode in our atmosphere with the force of large nuclear bombs.

Despite the grave dangers asteroids pose, Dillow finds in them awe-inspiring beauty, writing with infectious enthusiasm about their dramatic origins, their intricate journeys, and their odd shapes.  More than just a call to action, Fire in the Sky is a testament to the wonders of the universe. 




"Journalist Dillow packs quite a punch with this volume about humanity's expanding understanding of the threat posed by objects from space . . . Revealing the estimated chances of a disastrous strike over the next century to be low but not zero, this enjoyable survey should have appeal beyond pop science fans to the researchers and officials concerned with preparing for such a potentially calamitous event."


 "Lucid and engaging ... a comprehensive look at the threat to our planet from asteroid impacts ... Dillow stresses that the threat is real, that the Earth is routinely hit by objects from outer space, and that it is certain that sometime in the future ... unless mitigating actions are taken one of those objects will be large enough to cause catastrophic damage ... A convincing case for the need to pay more attention to planetary defense."


Founder of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, NASA Advisor, and editor of The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration


"A century ago, Scribner published a book about how the world, as many knew it, was ending.  It was called The Great Gatsby.  Fire in the Sky is our generation's  contribution to this crucial theme.  Gordon Dillow has written a beautiful and riveting book, a thunderous book,  about how we might defend our planet from the collision with a comet or an asteroid that is surely to come."


Co-discoverer of the Shoemaker Levy 9 and author of Skywatching


"It's only a matter of time before a really large space object hits the Earth.  Asteroids and comets have created disaster many times in Earth's past, including the impact that wiped out the dinosaurs, and the vestiges of their havoc are still apparent.  Gordon Dillow's enthralling discussion unlocks the secrets of how and why these objects jeopardize the planet and what thousands of people around the globe are doing to detect and defend against them.  Fire in the Sky is nonfiction that reads like a great adventure novel, even as it points toward a hopeful future for humanity."


Former chief historian of NASA

"Nobody wants to contemplate a giant asteroid smashing into their hometown.  But such a catastrophe is basically inevitable if we don't take measures to prevent it - it's just a matter of time.  In Gordon Dillow's engrossing book, we learn a lot about the Solar System, and more important, about our fascination with bodies moving through the skies.  That these considerations might someday save our species is a bonus."


Author of The Big Picture:  On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

"The scope of Fire in the Sky  is epic - covering millions of years and spanning the Solar System as well as the globe- yet the effect is intimate.  Dillow writes with an irresistible You can't make this stuff up sense of personal wonder about asteroid impacts measured in Hiroshimas, the kind of character who manages to misplace a forty-pound chunk of meteorite while on a three-day bender, and the scientists of today who cheerfully go about their work while knowing the end is, if not nigh, inevitable." 


Author  of The 4% Universe and The Trouble with Gravity

Interviews and Upcoming Events




June 30, 2019    4:00 p.m.     


Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium 

1601 E University Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85721 

More than half of the 17,000 Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that fly close to the Earth at some point in their orbit were  discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey based at Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.   

As part of the Flandrau Science Center's  June 30, 2019 celebration of International Asteroid Day,  author Gordon Dillow will be giving  a presentation  at 4:00 p.m. titled "Cosmic Collisions, Killer Asteroids, and the Race to Defend Earth" based on his new book FIRE IN THE SKY.  

Dillow’s presentation will be followed by a book signing.  Fire in the Sky books will be available for purchase. 



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