The Andromeda Strain Mass Market Paperback – Oct 28 2008
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Some biologists speculate that if we ever make contact with extraterrestrials, those life forms are likely to be--like most life on earth--one-celled or smaller creatures, more comparable to bacteria than little green men. And even though such organisms would not likely be able to harm humans, the possibility exists that first contact might be our last.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was the author of the ground-breaking novels The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear and Next, among many others. Crichton’s books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and provided the basis for thirteen feature films. Also known as a filmmaker and creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year.
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This book plays off of this idea of "bad stuff from space causes problems on Earth." There are more than 300 other reviews, so I'll mostly leave the plot alone here. What I liked about it was the sense it gave of scientific investigation of an important topic on a short time scale. Trying to "beat the clock," the scientists have to come up with and discard theories for how the unfamiliar organism works with unaccustomed speed, which (as you might imagine) stresses them out. In parallel with other Crichton books, the action takes place over about a week, with simple errors and accidents costing valuable time. The book is newly relevant with the possibility of "designer" biological agents from labs in rouge nations (or from terrorists) playing the role of the alien infectious agent in the book.
Personally, I thought that this book was very good in all but three respects. I loved Crichton¹s detail in writing, and he put in excitement a little at a time, so I found it hard to put the book down from beginning to end. The book starts off with a bang, which got me interested, and there was a good amount of suspense to keep the story going. In addition, I liked the futuristic equipment in the lab. He also adds little extras which are funny and interesting which make the characters more believable and realistic. However, Crichton did not explain several of his scientific points, and at times I felt that I needed to know more about microbiology to fully understand what he was trying to say. Also, some of his comments were not very clear, so I ended up rereading passages to discover his meaning.In the long run, however, the main plot definitely makes up for its shortcomings. Overall, this is a very good book which I would highly recommend to science fiction lovers from middle to high school.
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Not a bad read, but also not as gripping as other, later Michael Crichton novels.Published on Sept. 13 2014 by Tom C
When I started reading the debut novel by Michael Crichton I certainly did not expect to find myself already facing a little masterpiece. Read morePublished on July 11 2014 by Anakina
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 by Michael Crichton is a book about a virus that has never been heard of. Mr. stone is investigating the death of a small town. Read morePublished on May 18 2004