The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars (Paperback)

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With poetic narrative and wit, Cokinos describes how humans have been enthralled by shooting stars and tells of the scientists, adventurers and ordinary people who have found and puzzled over these meteorites - stones that fall from the heavens - embedded in the earth. Fascinating. — Louise Jones

August 2009 Indie Next List

“In this incredibly personal book, Cokinos has successfully blended natural science, biographical memoir, and bits of humor into an immensely engaging read. Deftly splitting his focus between the dedicated people who have hunted meteors over the years (including himself) and the mythical space rocks themselves, Cokinos has written one of those rare books where every page was a pleasure to take in.”
— Jerry Fieldsted, Windows on the World-Books & Art, Mariposa, CA


In this acclaimed volume, prizewinning poet and nature writer Christopher Cokinos takes us on an epic journey from Antarctica to outer space, weaving together natural history, memoir, and in-depth profiles of amateur researchers, rogue scientists, and stargazing dreamers to tell the riveting tale of how the study of meteorites became a modern science.

About the Author

Christopher Cokinos is an award-winning writer and poet, and a professor of English at Utah State University. He has received the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Glasgow Prize for an emerging writer in nonfiction, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.

Praise For…

"A thrilling account . . . The author's enthusiasm is infectious in this chronicle of astronomical passion."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Cokinos guides the reader along his search for the driving force behind the passions of meteorite scientists, collectors, and dealers that make the meteoritic community such a vibrant and contentious bunch. It is a journey well worth taking."
-Science magazine

"[Cokinos's] enthusiasm . . . gives The Fallen Sky its core."
-The Wall Street Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781585428328
ISBN-10: 1585428329
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication Date: August 5th, 2010
Pages: 528
Language: English
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