One of my work mates was talking about this story, any ideas?
"I read a sci fi book once about what happened after the sun ejected a new planet, but I can't remember its name now.
The whole premise of the story was that the solar system, the world and life in general was much less stable than we had been led to believe since the Flood, and that various legends, like "Mars waxing wrath" were holdovers from this. I wish I could remember its name as it was quite good."
From the co-worker
I'm the co-worker. I read it in a sci-fi paperback over ten years ago, maybe more like fifteen. It was about these people on a space station who were sent to investigate this object the sun had ejected. But while they were investigating the object passed near earth and mars and caused total chaos. All civilization fell apart and most people were killed, and the gravitational forces totally reshaped the surface of the earth and the continents. One theme of the story was this had happened before, recorded in the Indian legends of Vishnu and as a cause of the Great Flood. Earth and Mars passing close together had sucked all the water off mars in a "Jacobs Ladder", a flow visible over the whole earth.
It was quite good. I think it was one of a trilogy.