27 March, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (77)

Before I get to Teaser Tuesday: If you don't notice me commenting or posting much in the following days, it's because I'm trying to get all of my A-Z Challenge posts done. (Once they're finished and scheduled, however, I hope to turn into a commenting madperson.)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly, bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. This will be my last Teaser Tuesday until May, also thanks to the Challenge; and while I'm looking forward to my coming Tuesday posts, I'm going to miss this meme.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It's non-fiction, and (as you might have guessed from the title) about humanity's activity--and lack of it--in space.


The chances that your tombstone will read "KILLED BY ASTEROID" are about the same as they'd be for "KILLED IN AIRPLANE CRASH." Only about two dozen people have been killed by falling asteroids in the past four hundred years, while thousands have died in crashes during the relatively brief history of passenger air travel. So how can this comparative statistic be true? Simple.
 -p. 45

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What are you reading right now? Got a teaser from it? 

And do you think you can figure out how the above statistic is true?


-----The Golden Eagle

37 comments:

Susan Kane said...

Here it is:
"The Bronze Bow" by Elizabeth George Speare:
"And the kings and the mighty and exalted and those who rule the earth/Shall fall before Him on their faces...."
Joel's voice, hardly more than a whisper, trembled with earnestness as he read.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Yay. Neil deGrasse Tyson! I love him. I'm reading his book too!

Charles Gramlich said...

I like Tyson a lot.

Christine Rains said...

Neil deGrasse Tyson is awesome! I use to watch a lot of Science channel and he's on there a lot. He's brilliant.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No idea but I bet he gives us a reason why it's true.
Commenting madperson - you're on!

Adam said...

I waiting to get a tablet so I can do some e-reading

Kimberlee Turley said...

If I open to a random page, and it's further than the part I've read, how will I know if it's a spoiler or not? Or what if I accidentally spoil it for myself. (What is that name doing here! He's supposed to be dead!)

Old Kitty said...

Simple?!!??! What?!?! You can't stop there!! LOL!!

What a fab teaser! Thank you! Take care
x

JeffO said...

Read: The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen. p.75:

Enid set down her glass and hurried from the kitchen. Alfred was sitting on the edge of the chaise in a somehow penal posture, his knees high and his back a little hunched, and was surveying the crash site of his third hors d'oeuvre.

Morgan said...

Whoa... that story is pretty far out of my normal genre... but it looks super smart and well written ;) Thanks for sharing! :D

Cherie Reich said...

Love the teaser! It makes a pretty good point too.

Good luck getting your A to Z posts done. One of my blogs is finished, but I only have seven finished in the other one, so you can guess what I'm doing this week.

Here's my TT.

M Pax said...

That sounds like a real interesting book, Eagle. I need to finish my posts. I have S-Z yet to go.

Jay Noel said...

WOW!

Okay, that got me interested. Love Tyson - I've seen him on TV quite a bit. I once wrote an article about falling chunks of ice - no airplane (that was one theory) anywhere in the vicinity.

So I would think hunks of ice balls falling on your head would have to be pretty remote too.

Beth said...

I like that. It's interesting and makes me want to read more, and I'm not a science girl ;)

Pat Hatt said...

I'm sure there are some stats that make it true, good luck being a commenting mad person, the cat finds it fun.

Elliot Grace said...

...I'll only add that during an evening on the outdoor basketball court with my sons, we found ourselves speechless, watching a falling star plummet toward us. All jokes aside, this thing appeared to drop within a football field of where we were standing.

Yikes!

El

Deniz Bevan said...

Argh! Now I want to read the book and find out how it's true!

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I'm guessing it's because people rarely put their cause of death on their tombstones. ;-)

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome! Love books like that :)

I'm reading The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot - it's awesome!

Shelley said...

Interesting teaser! Now I really want to know why the chances for both are just as likely! :)

Flying high in the sky.... said...

about to begin secrets by Rhonda Byrne and Steve Jobs!! no teasers from my side :) very interesting post!!

Rachel Morgan said...

But... but... Where's the explanation?!

DWei said...

Looks like a lot of people are getting ready to do the A-Z challenge. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us. :)

Mina Burrows said...

Excellent clip! I have not idea, but I want to read more. :)

Talli Roland said...

One less thing to worry about! :)

Great excerpt... sounds like an interesting book.

Ciara said...

I'm afraid I'm not reading anything right now because of an editing deadline. Like you, I've canceled all my normal series and I'm only focusing on the A to Z challenge this year.

Belle said...

Very cool teaser - makes me want to read more. I'm reading, 'Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan' by Stephen Tremp, a fellow blogger. Actually, I just opened it to page one so I'll give you the first two sentences.

"He carefully opened the floor safe in the Salon Suite on the fifty-eighth floor of the Wynn Las Vegas, one of the newer five-star mega hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Inside: a single item he had been hired to retrieve from an anxious and panicked research scientist in San Jose, California."

Actually, I had started with Stephen's second book in this series, I liked the opening chapter so I bought the first book which I should have done in the first place!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Interesting teaser! Commenting madperson - ditto!
Current read: just finished The Last Song
"For a moment, she debated whether or not to follow him into the house, then she changed her mind and headed to the workshop. She figured it was probably time to see the window that she'd heard so much about."

The Golden Eagle said...

For all of you who wondered, the answer to the teaser is:

"The impact record shows that by the end of ten million years, when the sum of all airplane crashes has killed a billion people (assuming a death-by-airplane rate of a hundred per year), an asteroid large enough to kill the same number of people will have hit Earth. The different is that while airplanes are continually killing people a few at a time, that asteroid might not kill anybody for millions of years. But when it does hit, it will take out a billion people: some instantaneously, and the rest in the wake of global climactic upheaval."

-p. 45, Space Chronicles.


Susan: Bible quote, yes?

Interesting teaser!

Michael: Awesome! :)

Have you read any of his other books? Death by Black Hole was awesome; so was Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, which he collaborated with Donald Goldsmith on.

Charles: Me, too.

Christine: I first watched him on PBS's NOVAscienceNOW. :)

Alex: I don't think I could ever beat you at commenting, though. I remember you once said you visited 100 blogs a day--I'm going to consider myself lucky if I get to 30!

Adam: What kind are you getting? I'm just curious; there are so many companies coming out with new gadgets these days.

Kimberlee: That's happened to me before, but I usually flip to another random page if it does. :P

Dead? So he's come back to life? Um, that does sound a bit like a spoiler . . .

Old Kitty: LOL. See the top of this comment for clarification. :)

You're welcome!

JeffO: Crash site of an hors d'oeuvre? LOL. Great teaser!

Morgan: All of his books are like that. ;) They're great reads!

You're welcome!

Cherie: Glad you enjoyed it!

Thank you. Good luck with your A-Z posts as well!

M: I have T-Z to go, so we must be close. I'm hoping to get two or three done in the coming last days of March . . .

Jay: I explained it at the top of this comment, in case you're interested in the answer. :)

Personally, I'm a bit glad of that!

The Golden Eagle said...

. . . and that was supposed to be "difference" not "different". Darned typo. :P

The Golden Eagle said...

Beth: I'm glad you liked it!

Read the book, and you'll probably become one. :)

Pat: Thanks!

You sure it's just with commenting? ;)

LOL, just kidding!

Elliot: Wow. I wonder what the object was!

Deniz: My first reply comment explains. :)

Jennifer: At least nowadays!

Jemi: Same here. :)

I've never heard of the book before, but glad to hear you're enjoying it!

Shelley: Thank you. :)

I posted the rest of the passage above.

Flying high in the sky: Oh, Steve Jobs? I'll bet that's an interesting book.

Thanks!

Rachel: Now at the top of my first comment. :)

DWei: Thanks! I hope you like the posts . . .

Mina: Glad you liked it. :)

Talli: LOL. Yeah, I guess that can be knocked of the list--though there is still a possibility, of course. :P

Thanks. And it is!

Ciara: Good luck with your deadline.

I'm going to miss the usual series; but there's always the rest of the year. Until April arrives again, of course.

Belle: Thank you!

Intriguing first lines--I have Stephen Tremp's books on my TBR list. :)

Tyrean: Good to know I won't be the only one!

I've noticed The Last Song in a lot of places, since the movie came out.

Rusty Webb said...

I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson, I follow him on twitter, and listen to his StarTalk podcast, and watch him about every single documentary about space that has been produced in the past 15 years.

I don't think I've read any of his books though, I'm not sure, I read a lot of astronomer's pop science books. I will probably get to this one pretty soon.

Anthony said...

A couple of my friends have been urging me to read this book.

The Golden Eagle said...

Rusty: His Twitter feed is probably the first I'd end up following--if I ever had a life-changing experience that convinced me to join Twitter, that is. :P

Anthony: It's a really good book--though that's just what I thought of it. :)

Margo Kelly said...

I too am trying to get my a-z posts done ahead of time. good luck to us! :)

Leon Kennedy said...

Love NDGT, just bought space chronicles to start reading. I'd also recommend 'Death by Black Hole'. His podcast is really entertaining too

The Golden Eagle said...

Margo: Good luck indeed!

Leon: I loved Death by Black Hole. I have yet to listen to his podcast--keep meaning to get around to that.