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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain (original 1969; edition 1995)

by Michael Crichton

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Title:The Andromeda Strain
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:Arrow (1995), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 304 pages
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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (1969)

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I found this to be a difficult read. Kept reading again and again. Finally gave up. Crichton's other books are way way better. ( )
  MugenHere | Jul 12, 2015 |
An excellent tension-filled thriller that's completely unputdownable as it careens towards the end. If the subject matter is based on fact, then it provides keen insight into the areas of the airplane manufacture and TV news businesses. Stories of airplane accidents fascinate me viscerally, and this book totally fit the bill. An excellent bonus is that Chrichton provides enough clues in the beginning of the book to the reader to unsolve the mystery - and I was very close - if you're paying very close attention. Great book.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
A satellite sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study" falls back to earth, crash-landing in a desolate area of Arizona, twelve miles from the tiny town of Piedmont. The terror has begun . . . ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
Finding out that this was Crichton's first novel colored my opinion of the book. As a first novel, it's pretty dern good. If he had been an accomplished author at the time, I would have found the book weak, particularly the ending. Expecting a deus ex machina and receiving basically nothing is jarring. There really was no climax -- only an anti-climax. The writing of clinical description in a lay person mode is one of his strengths and he obviously had this strength from the start. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 18, 2014 |
I've seen the film version of The Andromeda Strain many, many times, but only stumbled upon the book in a second hand book shop recently. The book is pretty close to the film - there's some differences in the members of the Wildfire team (no woman for example) but the basic storyline is pretty much the same: satellite scoops up something from outer space, people start dying mysteriously and the scientist squirreled away in a top secret underground bunker have to work out what is happening and how to stop it.

Its a pretty good yarn, and the technical, scientific details is pretty good as well. It even has a bibliography at the back of some of the unclassified research papers if you want to really get into the subject!

The writing is clear and almost documentary like. The action takes place in linear time with few flashbacks, although it does mention early on what the scientists would later put in their reports so even if you've never seen the film you'll know that the nuclear bomb designed to sterilize the Wildfire lab doesn't go off.

Its also fun from the techie point of view to read this sort of sci-fi from the 1960s which relies heavily on a slightly advanced form of the computing available at the time. The book contains several "computer printouts" showing what the lab mainframe was producing for the scientists. What was amusing was whilst they could have enough remote manipulators in place to do a thorough human physical examination, the author still had the scientists go down into the bunker rather than use remote monitors to investigate the probe and its contents. That's really the biggest weakness in the story for me - why send your valuable scientists down a hole with an unknown microbe, when they can't touch it directly anyway?

Still, its a good sci-fi tale so I'd recommend it. Its also quite a short book so ideal for reading on a long journey or whilst on holiday. ( )
  jimll | Jun 22, 2014 |
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Er is nooit een afdoende bewijs geleverd dat de menselijke intelligentie van waarde is voor de overleving van het ras. (Jeremy Stone) Verruiming van inzicht betekent verhoging van de kosten. (R.A. Janek)
"All yours, Gunner." Wilson did not answer. He dropped his nose, cracked down his flaps, and felt a shudder as the plane sank sickeningly, like a stone, toward the ground. Below him, the area around the town was lighted for hundreds of yards in every direction. He pressed the camera buttons and felt, rather than heard, the vibrating whir of the cameras. For a long moment he continued to fall, and then he shoved the stick forward, and the plane seemed to catch in the air, to grasp, and lift and climb. He had a fleeting glimpse of the main street. He saw bodies, bodies everywhere, spreadeagled, lying in the streets, across cars ... "Jesus," he said. And then he was up, still climbing, bringing the plane around in a slow arc, preparing for the descent into his second run and trying not to think of what he and seen. One of the first rules of air reconnaisssance was "Ignore the scenery"; analysis and evaluation were not the job of the pilot. That was left to the experts, and pilots who forgot this, who became too interested in what they were photgraphing, got into trouble. Usually they crashed.
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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

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The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.… (more)

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