In Nemesis Games, the 5th book of The Expanse series by (pseudonym) James S. A. Corey,
a disenfranchised group seeks to disrupt the solar system by "dropping rocks" on Earth (pushing or otherwise altering the orbit of small asteroids so as to cause multiple of them to strike the Earth over a short period of time). Those who survive the initial strikes strive to organize relief and ensure the survivability of those remaining and rebuilding of the infrastructure. The 6th book, Babylon's Ashes, suggests after just a few short years the Earth may be amenable to begin this healing.
However, scientists have stated the meteor which struck the Yucatan peninsula may have been responsible for the killing of the large dinosaurs and may have left dust storms and darkness covering the Earth for 1,000 years or more.
- If someone were to "drop rocks" (or one really big one) on the Earth, which seems like the more likely scenario?
- If the second scenario is more likely, what would you imagine conditions on Earth and quality of life would be like? Keep in mind, small dinosaurs and mammals were able to survive after the Yucatan meteor.