- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Warner Books; 1st Edition Thus edition (April 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044689396X
- ISBN-13: 978-0446893961
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,070,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fire Came By: The Riddle of the Great Siberian Explosion Mass Market Paperback – April, 1977
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In 1908 (not 1909...'Ghostbusters' was sooooo wrong!), a meteor was spotted flying over the Tunguska region of Siberia. The locals saw it, watched it come down, felt the sonic booms of its passage . . . then watched it change its course one hundred-eighty degrees in mid-flight. The object then exploded, causing damage to the landscape and injuries to people that would not be seen, explained, or understood until the Hiroshima and Nagasaki blasts nearly forty years later. The heat and concussion from the blast were felt well over sixty miles away.
What happened? What was it? Nobody knows for sure, but with the tantalizing tidbits found herein, you'll have your own ideas. The authors don't say definitely what it was, but they have their opinions, which they offer alongside others they've encountered along the way, from Russian geologists and meteorologists to conspiracy-theorists.
Feel like having your beliefs tweaked or your confident views on alien life shaken up? Pick this one up.
We also meet some of the scientists and writers who played an important part in gathering evidence and advancing theories. I especially enjoyed reading about Leonid Kulik (the leader of the first expeditions to the region, starting some 20 years after the event) and Soviet Science Fiction writer Alexander Kazantsev, who presented his theories in fictional form. Brief but beautifully chosen excerpts from books by other authors, including Carl Sagan and Loren Eiseley, enliven the discussions and help fire the imagination, although the authors are more than capable in this department.
Perhaps the most intriguing quality of the book is that none of the "standard" theories fits all the evidence or eye-witness testimony, which must have been maddeningly frustrating to the various parties involved. Whether you agree with the authors' conclusions or not, this is a fine example of popular science writing... one that I finished much too quickly.
The book also has an Introduction by Isaac Asimov, as well as 2 Appendices by Russian scientists (one by Leonid Kulik himself), so you can't go wrong there. Finally, a Bibliography of both English and Russian publications is provided.Read more ›
He said they were the same thing, only the Siberian explosion was 2000 times as powerful. It is an awesome story and still remains one of the world's biggest riddles.
It's mostly of interest now for historical reasons. It was written by a theater professor and a professional writer and, all things considered, they did a pretty good job. I liked the book then and, with a few reservations, still like it.
Back in those days, nearly 40 years ago now, most geologists did not believe that meteors were responsible for most of the craters on earth or moon. The first evidence for the demise of the dinosaurs coming from an impacting meteorite didn't show up until 1979 and then it took a decade (and more) to convince the scientific world.
This book tries to look at all the possibilities: asteroid, comet, a black hole that hit earth, and even an alien nuclear-powered spacecraft that blew up. Now, after years and many studies, the most likely answer is either a small asteroid or comet that exploded in the air.
It is still a readable book and gives a good overview of the days after the event, when there were mysterious seismic readings and late nights that glowed (from the dust that was produced by the blast). And it covers the original Kulik expedition in the 1920s, which tried to find evidence for a meteorite impact. They found very little, but that was back in those long-gone days when they didn't know much about impacts and less about airbursts. Things have changed, but a little history of the subject is a good thing I think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, I knew the reference for this book since late 1977, when my grandfather offered me a large book dedicated to the last world's mysteries. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by kindlstore
"The Fire Came By" presents very convincing and compelling evidence for what was certainly the explosion of an alien starship in Russian airspace almost 100 years ago.Published on August 5, 2007 by Marc
The authors provide convincing evidence, mostly from Russian scientific and international historical sources, that indicate that the massive explosion over Siberia in 1908 was not... Read morePublished on November 19, 1999