The story is mostly told from Chris's point of view, and Tony, Morrey and Serge appear only briefly. The character of the writer who is commissioned by UNEXA to predict the effect of imminent disaster on the world's population is clearly autobiographical - the name Wally Hughes is not a subtle choice!
And unfortunately, as you can see, the UK cover is also somewhat uninspiring.
WALTERS, HUGH. The Last Disaster. Faber, £3.50. 1978. pp. 136.
571 11153 X.
The moon strays from its orbit and threatens humanity with annihilation.
'Anyone but a moron will notice immediately that this is a non-starter. The reason that the moon keeps the same face turned to the Earth is that its period of rotation matches its orbital period (i.e. its day is the same as its year). If the Moon were to begin spiralling towards the Earth this would no longer be so. What price saving the world?
'Hugh Walters ..... obviously knows no better, but it is hard to explain why the editor who accepted this book is .... a manifest cretin. Perhaps they just don't care.'
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