Tad Friend is the author of the memoir Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor. Since 1998, he has been a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes the magazine's "Letter from California." He is married to Amanda Hesser, the co-founder of Food52.com; they live in Brooklyn with their twins, Walker and Addie. 


A Spine-Tingling Look at Near-Earth Objects, Mass Extinctions, and the Controversial Science of Planetary Defense

It's the stuff of summertime popcorn films: rogue asteroids threatening the obliteration of Earth, and plucky scientists and astronauts scrambling for ways to destroy or deflect them. Now here's the kicker: it's all real. Welcome to the fascinating, controversial, and sobering science of planetary defense, where NASA tracks thousands of the near-Earth objects hurtling toward us (any one of which could annihilate a city or continent), and a cadre of obsessed men and women rush to send gravity tractors and kinetic impactors into space in the hopes of saving humankind from mass extinction

Praise for Planet Killers:

"Planet Killers is a riveting and hair-raising a story about the race to stop a doomsday asteroid from hitting the earth. It is the kind of story that everyone should read—while we still can!"—David Grann, author of the bestseller The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon