Sorry, this is all I remember. A story where the end was a hail of micrometeorites all falling to Earth at once which incinerated the atmosphere from the collective heat from their re-entry. I think it was caused by either the moon being blown up or by a comet being destroyed by missiles.

I also think that it was called a "Soft Rain", but searching for a soft rain just gets me a different story about an automated house.

Any help on finding this story would be very much appreciated, this is one that's been on my mind for ages.


This would be Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. The moon is blown to pieces by an unknown force, and the resulting rain of debris onto the atmosphere (termed "hard rain") sterilizes the Earth. The first chapter was available to read online before the book was released, so you might just have read that part.

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