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

by Michael Crichton

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In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanations. It is a spaceship.… (more)
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Title:Sphere
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:Ballantine Books (1988), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Science Fiction

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Sphere by Michael Crichton (1987)

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Imagine you are a middle-aged, paunchy psychologist summoned by the government to the middle of the South Pacific. You assume you are there to help with the aftermath of a plane crash, but no one will tell you anything. You are terribly wrong. You find yourself descending to 1,000 feet to investigate an unidentified craft on the bottom of the sea. But wait, there’s more! A storm is heading into the area and the surface support craft have to leave the area just as strange things begin to appear in the sea outside your habitat. ( )
  Seafox | Jul 24, 2019 |
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 |
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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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