The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

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"A military space probe, sent to collect extraterrestrial organisms from the upper atmosphere, is knocked out of orbit and falls to Earth. Twelve miles from the crash site, an inexplicable and deadly phenomenon terrorizes the residents of a sleepy desert town in Arizona, leaving only two survivors: an elderly addict and a newborn infant. The United States government is forced to mobilize Project Wildfire, a top-secret emergency response protocol. Four of the nation's most elite biophysicists are summoned to a clandestine underground laboratory located five stories beneath the desert and fitted with an automated atomic self-destruction mechanism for cases of irremediable contamination. Under conditions of total news blackout and the utmost urgency, the scientists race to understand and contain the crisis."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, [2017]
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
Copyright Date: ©1969
ISBN: 9781101974490
1101974494
Characteristics: 295 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Call Number: CRICHTON, M

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Tony_Jeffers
Dec 27, 2019

If you enjoy reading scientific articles and non-fiction books as well as thoughtful science based science fiction this a great book for you. Michael Crichton did a lot of research to write this the issue I just read has a reference section for all the material he researched as if it was a non-fiction book. Everything is state of the art 1969 and Crichton spares the reader no details describing it. You can learn a lot of science reading this; there is no pseudo-science as you find all too often in science fiction written by authors not up on their real science.
The way the baby gets treated like a lab rat with not much consideration for his baby-hood is going to offend and disturb some readers.
The irony of the story is that a President distrustful of science who seems to make the wrong call turns out to have made the right decision in the end.
So who knows it may turn out that Donald Trump is right about climate change after all(NOT).

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lianaherman
Oct 31, 2019

As one of Michael Crichtons first books he wrote, 50 years has not been long enough to age it. A superb read - one that helped launch a new era of science fiction/bioscience writing.

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tjdickey
Aug 09, 2019

It has been fifty years since Michael Crighton came out with "The Andomeda Strain," and with it launching a new era of techno-thrillers, medical thrillers, and near-future science fiction. The book has aged surprisingly well, despite its context in the distant Space Race and Cold War; the pacing and plot is still gripping, and the moral questions about the progress of science, and human decisions about how to control it, remain pertinent, even prescient.

DBRL_KrisA Aug 14, 2018

This book had lots of sciency science that made my head brain go ouch. But seriously, there's a lot of science and technology here, often hard to understand. Somehow, even with all that technical talk, Crichton still managed to keep it suspenseful. Surprisingly quick read. Still not sure I completely understand all the details, but I did enjoy reading.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jan 24, 2018

A government satellite falls in a small Arizona desert town. Soon, almost all of the residents are dead. What happened?

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Bookafterbook
Aug 09, 2016

The start of a wonderful writing career for Michael Crichton, cut short far too early. While somewhat dated in today's terms this is still a gripping and interesting read. As always Crichton is meticulous in his research for his writing.

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rmring93
Nov 24, 2015

This book captivated me and I couldn't get my nose out of it until I finished the whole thing. It starts off slow, what with all the governmental agency talk and references to outdated communications methods...I was a little lost at first and almost gave up. I'm glad I didn't! It turned out great. I honestly couldn't predict what was going on before his characters did. Definitely going to be reading this one again.

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wilqser
Apr 16, 2014

Scientific thriller about a rogue satellite that falls in small town and brings with an entity that destroys the inhabitants of the town. A team of scientists is immobilized to try find what and how this 'bug' can be rendered harmless and builds an underground lab to handle such a problem. The question is : how do they keep the capule from contaminating the rest of the facility before all of mankind is killed. Much of the book is scientific using scientific jargon from computer printouts. Little dialogue. All in all worth your while because of the writer.

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reitage
Dec 12, 2012

I enjoyed the book. I have not seen the movie (yet). I was fascinated until he spent half of the book just inside the lab, and then the last handful of pages undoing all the excitement and suspense at the very end.

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rahmmie
Nov 10, 2012

He definite got better in his later books

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