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War of the worlds? Space illnesses?

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    GoddersUK

    People getting ill from meteorite crater.

    How many sci-fi books have I read where the plot has centered on something like this?

    Are they going to be controlled by aliens? or perhaps some kind of new super illness has arrived from space.

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    dahat

    GoddersUK wrote:
    People getting ill from meteorite crater.

    How many sci-fi books have I read where the plot has centered on something like this?

    Are they going to be controlled by aliens? or perhaps some kind of new super illness has arrived from space.


    I best start rapidly breathing in case it's the Andromeda Strain... just in case.

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    Secret​Software

    GoddersUK wrote:
    People getting ill from meteorite crater.

    How many sci-fi books have I read where the plot has centered on something like this?

    Are they going to be controlled by aliens? or perhaps some kind of new super illness has arrived from space.



    Bush Has something to do with this.

    He wants to start war with aliens.

    Maybe them evil aliens sent a chemo rocket at us.Expressionless

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    Bas

    The Colour Out Of Space, by H.P. Lovecraft. Spooky!

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    Harlequin

    More easily they could just do what the aliens did in Starship Troopers. Just send a bunch of big rocks and wipe us out...quicker than Biological Warfare.

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    GoddersUK

    Harlequin wrote:
    More easily they could just do what the aliens did in Starship Troopers. Just send a bunch of big rocks and wipe us out...quicker than Biological Warfare.


    But not as fun for them.

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    ScanIAm

    Options:

    1) Something vaporized off of the rock itself (due to heat).  Heavy metals will mess you up pretty quickly if breathed.
    2) Something in the ground was boiled into a gas that they breathed.  mmmmm...swampwater.
    3) The rock is made of extremely radioactive material (doubtful).
    4) Mass hysteria



    My vote is #4.

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    GoddersUK

    ScanIAm wrote:
    

    Options:

    1) Something vaporized off of the rock itself (due to heat).  Heavy metals will mess you up pretty quickly if breathed.
    2) Something in the ground was boiled into a gas that they breathed.  mmmmm...swampwater.
    3) The rock is made of extremely radioactive material (doubtful).
    4) Mass hysteria



    My vote is #4.



    You missed alien warfare.

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    ScanIAm

    GoddersUK wrote:
    
    ScanIAm wrote:
    

    Options:

    1) Something vaporized off of the rock itself (due to heat).  Heavy metals will mess you up pretty quickly if breathed.
    2) Something in the ground was boiled into a gas that they breathed.  mmmmm...swampwater.
    3) The rock is made of extremely radioactive material (doubtful).
    4) Mass hysteria



    My vote is #4.



    You missed alien warfare.


    No I didn't Smiley

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    blowdart

    It's the mother ship come back to pick up Alan Cox

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    Secret​Software

    blowdart wrote:
    It's the mother ship come back to pick up Alan Cox


    ROFL.Big Smile

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    Wil

    Apparently the meteorite hit a rather sandy rock formation or soil horizon, so it would have really pulverized a lot of the sand into fine dust ithat would linger in the air inside the crater.  Inhaling quartz dust will really irritate your throat and lungs.  Plus, the heat of impact would have fused a lot of material from the soil, and from the disintegrating meteorite, into fine particles.  Perhaps some of those could be suspended in the air, too.  I don't know what inhaling colloidal-sized glass shards does for you, but I doubt that it does you much good.

    In a worst-case scenario, I suppose long-term exposure could cause that occupational disease of miners and sandblasters that's the longest word in the English language.

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    W3bbo

    Wil wrote:
    Apparently the meteorite hit a rather sandy rock formation or soil horizon, so it would have really pulverized a lot of the sand into fine dust ithat would linger in the air inside the crater.  Inhaling quartz dust will really irritate your throat and lungs.  Plus, the heat of impact would have fused a lot of material from the soil, and from the disintegrating meteorite, into fine particles.  Perhaps some of those could be suspended in the air, too.  I don't know what inhaling colloidal-sized glass shards does for you, but I doubt that it does you much good.

    In a worst-case scenario, I suppose long-term exposure could cause that occupational disease of miners and sandblasters that's the longest word in the English language.


    Never fear folks, Phil Plait's on it.

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    Detroit Muscle

    IIRC, this is exactly how Night of the Living Dead started.

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    ScanIAm

    Night of the Comet was better...

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    Harlequin

    Detroit Muscle wrote:
    IIRC, this is exactly how Night of the Living Dead started.


    Or the better movie, Fido Tongue Out

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