Hive Overmind… of DEATH!

By Phil Plait | October 28, 2008 4:30 pm

The Hive Overmind at Discover Magazine, in their semi-infinite wisdom, has featured my book Death from the Skies! on their front page.


They even included a table from the book, where I list the odds of getting killed in nasty ways (and how to prevent them, if possible). So read, enjoy, and sleep well tonight… mwuhahahahahaha.

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Comments (26)

  1. Wendy

    “semi-infinite” … *chuckle*

  2. Phil,

    I have a question about the book. Currently I’m reading Neil Tyson’s “Death By Black Hole” which is fantastic. I’ve been saving the chapter about black holes like the last piece of chocolate cake on the plate because I love the ways in which Tyson describes such cosmic quandaries.

    My question about “Death From the Skies” is this: is your book similar to Tysons in terms of subject material (beyond the obvious title and chapters) and do you both take different approaches to describing these certain cosmic quandaries?

    I plan on buying your book regardless of your answer but I’m cursious what are the differences and similarities between both “Death” books.

    Yes, pleasant. I know.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. Sweet! I’m thoroughly enjoying the book, by the way. Excellent stuff!

  4. Colin J

    Dead link Phil!! Or has the world ended I didn’t notice?

  5. Iman, in fact I was worried about that, but after reading Neil’s book I can tell you they are totally different. He has one very fun essay about black holes that covers the high points, but I have a lot more details in my chapter. That’s not surprising; his essays were magazine articles, so he had to keep a lot of the details out. So I think you’ll find they’re very different books.

  6. oops! Fixed the link.

  7. tobiasthecommie

    I just read that as the Discover Institute, and i was rather confused…


  8. Chris A.

    Speaking of the BA Shameless Commerce Division (to borrow a page from Click and Clack, the Tappet brothers), we (the Faulkner Planetarium) just got our kit for the “Bad Astronomy” planetarium show, and noticed that the visual showing the BA blog web page on screen was the old (pre-Discover) version. So I updated it to the new version which, for the sharp-eyed, includes most of the cover of DFtS. Subliminal advertising (woot)!

  9. Thanks Phil. I look forward to reading it!

  10. llewelly

    From the table:

    Earth cooked to a crisp 0 † Not preventable, but we have a long time to go yet

    Funny, in both your interviews with Pamela Gay and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, you described a mitigation method – using a gravity tug to adjust Earth’s orbit.

  11. Hugo

    Phil, isn’t this a little, “But my mum says I’m cool!”

    Just joshing you, mate. Great to see the book doing so well.

  12. Whomever1

    I just bought your book for my Kindle–how does that affect your cut, vs a paper book?

  13. Bigfoot

    What, Phil’s new book already reduced to Kindling?

  14. Davidlpf

    Now on Phils nex post will be “Want Kindle”.

  15. José

    Speaking of Discover, I’ve been receiving “this is your last issue” warnings from Scientific American for about a year now, whereas Discover cut me off after about two months. Cheapos.

  16. Evan

    It was also featured at, which only makes sense. They list all things that are awesome.

  17. Chris A, excellent! I’m curious about what you think of the show. Feel free to email if you have comments.

  18. Jennifer, don’t you let Jen-Luc blog for you? Talk about nepotism!

    [but I have a big crush on J-L so it’s OK]

  19. «bønez_brigade»

    It’s “bwahahahahaa!”, Phil, “bwahahahahaa!”.

    DftS is next in the queue (after ‘Ancestor’s Tale’, though, sorry)…

  20. Nathan Goldbaum

    Hey, Phil-

    As a fellow Boulderite, I thought you might like to know that I saw a fireball tonight from the Pearl Street Mall facing west in front of Old Chicago’s. The fireball appeared near Altair and headed west at an incredibly fast pace, visibly broke apart, and faded away after arcing out a trail that must have been at least 10 or 20 degrees long. Do you know anywhere I could find more information on this event – I assume others or cameras pointed at the mountains across the state should have seen it.

  21. Dan

    Hey there!!
    I haven’t seen the book yet but, I intend to buy it. So far, I’ve only seen the cover of the book. I was wondering if there was lots of pictures in it (I love pictures). I’d like to see pictures of a big comet coming toward the Earth or maybe, evil aliens attacking us.

  22. There are indeed pictures. Not a pop-out book though unfortunately.

  23. Paul A.

    Does the book explain how you calculated these odds. I understand intuitively that some of these events are less likely than others, I just wonder where the numbers come from.

  24. Mad Hussein LOLscientist, FCD

    @ tobiasthecommie: Someone sold you some bad dope there. You should get your money back. :-)


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