The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

Book - 1998
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"This book recounts the five-day history of a major American scientific crisis. As in most crises, the events surrounding the Andromeda Strain were a compound of foresight and foolishness, innocence and ignorance. Nearly everyone involved had moments of great brilliance, and moments of unaccountable stupidity...." Thus begins this extraordinary novel of the world's first space-age biological emergency. The Andromeda Strain sets forth with almost documentary verisimilitude the unfolding story of "Project Wildfire" -- the crash mobilization of the nation's highest scientific and medical resources when an unmanned research satellite returns to earth mysteriously and lethally contaminated. Four American scientists, chosen in advance for their experimental achievements in the fields of clinical microbiology, epidemiology, pathology, and electrolyte chemistry, are summoned under conditions of total news blackout and utmost urgency to Wildfire's secret laboratory five stories beneath the Nevada desert. There -- surrounded by banks of the most sophisticated computer-assisted equipment, and sealed off from the outside world except for a telecommunications link with the national security apparatus -- they work against the threat of a worldwide epidemic to find an antidote to the unknown microorganism that has inexplicably killed all but two inhabitants (an elderly derelict and an infant) of the tiny Arizona town where the satellite was retrieved. Step by step they begin to unravel the puzzle of the Andromeda Strain, until, terrifyingly, their microbacterial "adversary" ruptures the hypersterile seal of the laboratory and their already desperate search for a biomedical answer becomes a split-second race against an atomic deadline. With its narrative force, its scientific detail, its suspense -- as four brilliant individualists work together under ultimate pressure -- this novel makes real for the reader the real world of today's science and medicine at the top-secret levels of the Science-Space-Military high command. The author is a trained scientist. Newspaper stories from NASA that have appeared since the completion of the manuscript read like details from The Andromeda Strain...
Publisher: New York,: Knopf, 1998, cc1969
ISBN: 9780394415253
0394415256
Characteristics: 295 p. : ill

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talktimereader
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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bstudent
Sep 16, 2012

drama (sci-non-fi) pretty cool stuff and for the time, out of this world. Easy to see where "Star Trek" gets some of it's idea's. Very scientific, very scary, very real.

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RichardPaul
Feb 18, 2011

Andromeda Strain
by Michael Crichton c - 2008 Reprint! ---- Mystery/Thriller/Sci-fi ---- The Book is excellent, the Movie however is not. Read the Book! ---- A space module/ type of craft that is made to collect possable free floating Bio-Organisms, does the job well. ---- Then returns to Earth in the wrong place and civilians fiddle with the craft and release what has been collected. ---- A Baby and a Wino survive. ---- Why? ---- Enjoy ! ---- RichardPaul

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

Great book - great movie. Still holds up quite well after forty years. Be warned - this book is a techno-thriller and moves at a much slower pace than Jurassic Park or some of Michael Crichton's other novels.

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