On January 26th, Asteroid 2004 BL86 will come dangerously close to Earth. The asteroid is thought to be up to 1,000 meters in diameter. Objects of this size are large enough to cause unprecedented destruction, or generate a mammoth tsunami in case they fall into the ocean.
What would you read if you only had three weeks until mass destruction of a kind not see in millions of years? Some suggestions put forth by Zero Hedge are Lucifer’s Hammer, by Jerry Pournelle and The Perseids Collapse trilogy, by Steven Konkoly. Zero Hedge suggests that you read Konkoly’s novel The Jakarta Pandemic before reading The Perseids Collapse though. In addition, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy may also be pertinent, especially if you have young children, and it is very well written. Quite frankly, The Road scares the hell out of me, as does No Country For Old Men and All the Pretty Horses. Cormac McCarthy will keep you up at night. Forewarned is forearmed!