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Sphere by Michael Crichton
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Sphere (original 1987; edition 1988)

by Michael Crichton

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Title:Sphere
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:Ballantine Books (1988), Reissue, Paperback
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Sphere by Michael Crichton (Author) (1987)

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Another excellent Crichton book. Not as good as The Terminal Man but close. ( )
  Joe73 | Jul 15, 2019 |
A large sphere of unknown origin is found at the bottom of ocean…Underwater sci-fi from the pop master. Very smooth, suspenseful read with clear, vivid characters that make impressions upon the reader immediately. ( )
  starlight17 | Mar 19, 2019 |
Such an incredible psychological and scientific adventure! Amazing plot with great twists and detailed science behind it. From black holes to the power of the human imagination, Crichton explores the depth of possibility. Highly recommend for those who like psychological exploration and science fiction! ( )
  KatelynSBolds | Nov 12, 2018 |
A great book!
Dr. Norman Johnson is flown to the middle of the South Pacific and dredged thousands of feet below the surface to investigate a so-called plane crash. The operation is military-run and Norman suspects from the very beginning that there is more than meets the eye. Upon meeting his other team members and being briefed by Captain Barnes, who is head of the operation, he soon learns that they're actually investigating an alien spacecraft more than 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. But where has this spacecraft been? Why was it built? And more importantly what did it bring back with it?
This book was an amazing read and keeps you riveted from beginning to end. Crichton has a simplicity to his writing that is both descriptive and easy to follow. The story is very well thought out. And though at times it does have the feel of an adventure on the high seas it does borderline on the horror genre.
This was my first book from Michael Crichton. I have seen nearly all his films but this was the very first book that I picked up from him. Let me tell you I was not disappointed. This book was both fascinating and very well researched. Crichton does his job well at mastering the art of the written word and keeping the reader in the jaws of suspense.
Though it does differ from the film, sometimes minutely and other times quite greatly, both have the same feel and even the same terror to them. I'd have to say in this case I like the book and the film equally which is a rarity. You can see in reading the book why they had to leave some parts out in the film and why they decided to go in different directions with portions of the plot. It makes it much more mysterious and way more creepy.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with a taste for adventure mixed with a little bit of thrills and horror. ( )
  TheReadingMermaid | Aug 23, 2018 |
Norman is a psychologist and part of a team of scientists and navy personnel that are sent to the bottom of the ocean to investigate a crashed space craft. It turns out the craft is actually from the future but has been lying on the sea floor in the middle of the pacific for 300 years and is overgrown with coral. When the navy finally cut away enough coral to find the door to the craft, they discover something inside that appears to not be of this world, and it is soon evident that this unmanned craft has traveled through a black hole to retrieve the sphere.
Then topside, a cyclone strikes and the scientists and crew are marooned in the underwater habitat until the storm passes. One of the scientists, Harry a young and brilliant black mathematician, goes inside the sphere and then strange things start to happen.
This book has everything - plot twists, gruesome deaths, sea monsters, and the psychological stuff that comes with living in cramped quarters with people you don't know. Although the technology is a little dated as it was written a long time ago - the intrigue of who is telling the truth and who isn't is fantastic. There were so many bits I did NOT see coming which, to me, is the sign of an awesome book.
One that older boys will enjoy if warned about the older tech. ( )
  nicsreads | Mar 18, 2018 |
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Een team wetenschappers onderzoekt vanuit een habitat op de oceaanbodem een "buitenaards ruimtevaartuig", dat een tijdreizend schip uit de aardse toekomst blijkt te zijn. Na opening van een geheimzinnige bol volgen talloze moorddadige aanvallen, gestuurd door de macht die de bol bevat. Bestseller-auteur Crighton doet zijn naam eer aan. Hij schrijft los en soepel en verlevendigt de wetenschappelijke verklaringen met het gekissebis tussen zijn hoofdpersonen, die psychologisch heel best aanvaardbaar zijn. Hij houdt de spanning er goed in en komt met een prettig onverwachte draai aan het eind. Het gewelddadig verscheiden van 6 van de 9 personen, gekoppeld aan het uiteindelijke waarom, kan voor een aantal lezers misschien wat veel van het goede zijn.
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When a scientist views things, he's not considering the incredible at all.
Louis I. Kahn
You can't fool nature.
Richard Feynman
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For Lynn Nesbit
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For a long time the horizon had been a monotonous flat blue line separating the Pacific Ocean from the sky.
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Wanneer een wetenschapsman dingen in ogenschouw neemt, houdt hij absoluut geen rekening met het ongelooflijke. (Louis I. Kahn) De natuur kun je niet voor de gek houden. (Richard Feynman)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345353145, Mass Market Paperback)

Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton is possibly the best science teacher for the masses since H.G. Wells, and Sphere, his thriller about a mysterious spherical spaceship at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, is classic Crichton. A group of not-very-complex characters (portrayed in the film by Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Queen Latifah) assemble to solve a cleverly designed roller coaster of a mystery while attempting (with mixed success) to avoid sudden death and expounding (much more successfully) on the latest, coolest scientific ideas, including the existence of black holes. Somehow, Crichton manages to convey the complicated stuff in utterly simplistic prose, making him, as his old pal Steven Spielberg puts it, "the high priest of high concept." Yet there is more to Crichton than science and big-ticket show biz. He is also, as any reader of his startling memoir Travels knows, a bit of a mystic--he is entirely open to notions spouted by spoon-bending psychics that most science writers would scorn. Sphere is not only a gratifying sci-fi suspense tale; it also reflects Crichton's keen interest in the unexplained powers of the human mind. When something passes through a black hole in Crichton's fiction, a lesson is learned. The book also contains another profound lesson: when you're staring down a giant squid with an eyeball the size of a dinner plate, don't blink first.

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A group of scientists journey to the bottom of the sea to explore a sunken spaceship in this thriller from the author of The Andromeda Strain (1969). A group of American scientists are rushed to a huge vessel that has been discovered resting on the ocean floor in the middle of the South Pacific. What they find defines their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently, undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old.… (more)

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