Thor's Hammer (novel)

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Thor's Hammer (1983) is the title of two science fiction novels, one by Australian author Wynne Whiteford, about mining in the asteroids, and another (2017) by U.S. author David Rogers, about a future world and a group of people with powers to jump through time and space in search of a better world.

Science fiction genre of fiction

Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a "literature of ideas".

Asteroid minor planet that is not a comet

Asteroids are minor planets, especially of the inner Solar System. Larger asteroids have also been called planetoids. These terms have historically been applied to any astronomical object orbiting the Sun that did not resemble a planet-like disc and was not observed to have characteristics of an active comet such as a tail. As minor planets in the outer Solar System were discovered they were typically found to have volatile-rich surfaces similar to comets. As a result, they were often distinguished from objects found in the main asteroid belt. In this article, the term "asteroid" refers to the minor planets of the inner Solar System including those co-orbital with Jupiter.

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Whiteford describes an attempt by an unbalanced fanatic stationed in the asteroid belt to destroy Earth civilisation by directing an asteroid at Earth. Rogers imagines a world troubled by overpopulation and environmental disaster and suggests what the fate of the human race in such a world may be. [1]

Human overpopulation The condition where human numbers exceed the short or long-term carrying capacity of the environment

Human overpopulation occurs when the ecological footprint of a human population in a specific geographical location exceeds the carrying capacity of the place occupied by that group. Overpopulation can further be viewed, in a long term perspective, as existing if a population cannot be maintained given the rapid depletion of non-renewable resources or given the degradation of the capacity of the environment to give support to the population. Changes in lifestyle could reverse overpopulated status without a large population reduction.

Environmental disaster disaster to the natural environment due to human activity

An environmental disaster or ecological disaster is a catastrophic event regarding the environment due to human activity. This distinguishes it from the concept of a natural disaster. It is also distinct from intentional acts of war such as nuclear bombings.

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C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author

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<i>Lucifers Hammer</i> book

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Australia, unlike Europe, does not have a long history in the genre of science fiction. Nevil Shute's On the Beach, published in 1957, and filmed in 1959, was perhaps the first notable international success. Though not born in Australia, Shute spent his latter years there, and the book was set in Australia. It might have been worse had the imports of American pulp magazines not been restricted during WWII, forcing local writers into the field. Various compilation magazines began appearing in the 1960s and the field has continued to expand into some significance. Today Australia has a thriving SF/Fantasy genre with names recognised around the world. In 2013 a trilogy by Sydney-born Ben Peek was sold at auction to a UK publisher for a six-figure deal.

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Thor (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Thor Odinson is a character portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film franchise, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. In the films, Thor is one of the most powerful of the Asgardians, an alien civilization with long ties to Earth, who are therefore considered by some on Earth to be gods. Thor himself is titled the "God of Thunder". The Asgardians have advanced science that seems like magic to people of Earth, typified in Thor's case by his hammer, Mjolnir, with which he can summon lightning through most of the films. Thor in the MCU has borrowed a number of characteristics and story lines from across the fifty-plus year history of the character in Marvel Comics. However, unlike most other characters in the franchise, Thor has no superhero "alter ego", a characteristic that also differs from the original comic book version of Thor.

References

  1. Blackford, Russell; Ikin, Van; McMullen, Sean (1999). "Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction". Greenwood Press. Retrieved 29 June 2017.

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