Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.*
Robert Frost wrote Fire and Ice in 1923, some four decades before astrophysicists were able to fathom how the sun -- and thus the earth -- would die. Nonetheless, he was basically correct: first fire, then ice. The fire will not be an explosion like the one now brightening the...