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That's the scientific supposition that Michael Crichton formulates and follows out to its conclusion in his excellent debut novel, The Andromeda Strain.
A Nobel-Prize-winning bacteriologist, Jeremy Stone, urges the president to approve an extraterrestrial decontamination facility to sterilize returning astronauts, satellites, and spacecraft that might carry an "unknown biologic agent." The government agrees, almost too quickly, to build the top-secret Wildfire Lab in the desert of Nevada. Shortly thereafter, unbeknownst to Stone, the U.S. Army initiates the "Scoop" satellite program, an attempt to actively collect space pathogens for use in biological warfare. When Scoop VII crashes a couple years later in the isolated Arizona town of Piedmont, the Army ends up getting more than it asked for.
The Andromeda Strain follows Stone and rest of the scientific team mobilized to react to the Scoop crash as they scramble to understand and contain a strange and deadly outbreak. Crichton's first book may well be his best; it has an earnestness that is missing from his later, more calculated thrillers. --Paul Hughes
Not a bad read, but also not as gripping as other, later Michael Crichton novels.Published 9 months ago by Tom C
This book is a sham. It frustrates me because it tries to appear credible in its approach with scientific jargon and figures, but it's out of date and it's highly implausible. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2009 by M. P. L. WOULFE
The Andromeda Strain, one of Michael Crichton's early works, is a masterpiece. The plot is deceptively simple; a new, strange and deadly form of bacteria hits a small United... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2007 by Vera C. Fran
'The Andromeda Strain' involves a new deadly disease that has been brought back to earth, by a military/science sattelite. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Randy Cook
The Andromdeda Strain was the first Crichton book I ever read. I recieved it as a Christmas gift from my mother, but put it aside after reading a few pages. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by J. Naft
THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN was Michael Crichton's first novel; it was published way back in 1969. Crichton (pronounced "Cry-ton") was a lad of 26, just out of medical school,... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Robert J. Schneider
A satellite that orbits the Earth to collect particles and organisms for study goes off course and crashes near a small town in Arizona. Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by J. Vilches
Michael did put in a lot of effort in studying bio-chemistry subject. This is a good to read science fiction. However, the book could better by having more dramatic ending.Published on Feb. 23 2004 by CS Goh