The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

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From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a captivating thriller about a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism, which threatens to annihilate human life.
Five prominent biophysicists have warned the United States government that sterilization procedures for returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, a probe satellite falls to the earth and lands in a desolate region of northeastern Arizona. Nearby, in the town of Piedmont, bodies lie heaped and flung across the ground, faces locked in frozen surprise. What could cause such shock and fear? The terror has begun, and there is no telling where it will end. 


About Michael Crichton

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Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
Published May 14, 2012 by Vintage. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science & Math, Children's Books. Fiction

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A United States space probe erratically falls from orbit and lands near a small Arizona town mysteriously wiping out all life in the vicinity except for two diametrically different survivors.

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Enlarge This Image Diyah Pera/A&E From left, standing, Benjamin Bratt, Christa Miller and Ricky Schroder in “The Andromeda Strain,” an A&E mini-series adapted from the Michael Crichton novel.

May 26 2008 | Read Full Review of The Andromeda Strain

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In Crichton's 1969 novel, the featured scientists are presumably all white, heterosexual men (there was one woman in the 1971 film version) but Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the teleplay for this remake made the decision to change the characters' ethnicities, sexualities, and genders because, he sa...

Jun 12 2008 | Read Full Review of The Andromeda Strain


At just over 2 hours long, the story gets a bit dull at times but remains consistent through the end.

May 30 2012 | Read Full Review of The Andromeda Strain


Now, because the original book was written so long ago (although the plot itself stands up remarkably well), there are bound to be differences between the book and the movie—a little extra tension provided for the small-screen version, a little more conspiracy, a little more diversity, a little b...

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Fantasy Literature

When discussing characters in The Andromeda Strain, it is difficult to resist making a list of excuses about why the characters in The Andromeda Strain don’t need to have any personality beyond a conflict between scientific method and human error.

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SciFi Online

On the Universal DVD - to make sure you get the right one, note that it replaces a disc from Image Entertainment - the two fine new documentaries are the work of the 'special features' answer to Spielberg, Lau...

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Ars Technica

Crichton penned the novel State of Fear, which uses a load of discredited and fallacious arguments to attempt to disprove the reality of climate change, but which only succeeds in convincing this reader that his best work was written in the 1960s.

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Michael Manley 19 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4.5 out of 5