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Sphere Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2011
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The novel is built around an incredible discovery; in the middle of the South Pacific, lying all but buried on the bottom of the ocean, rests a spacecraft of unknown origin. Psychologist Norman Johnson, the author of a secret government paper on Recommendations for the Human Contact Team to Interact with Unknown Life Forms (a less than serious paper he wrote primarily for the money) is called to the site, where he is informed that he will be part of a team of scientists sent to study the mysterious craft. Alongside him are an irascible Navy project commander, a brilliant, young astrophysicist/planetary geologist, a complicated female zoologist/biochemist, and a noted mathematician/logician.Read more ›
The premise is classic Crichton. In his younger days, psychologist Norman Johnson was approached by the United States government to write a report on the psychological impact of an encounter with extra-terrestrials--and now, on the basis of his rather flippant recommendations, he finds himself en route to a possible UFO crash sight on the floor of the Pacific ocean. Once established with his colleges in an underwater habitat, the government team encounters a mysterious space craft that contains a still-more mysterious sphere, and those who come into contact with it undergo an unexpected change.
The writing is crisp and clean, the hard science is handled quite skillfully, and Crichton plays out his story at a breathless pace: yes, a page-turner if ever there was one. Still, it is worth noting that SPHERE displays Crichton's weaknesses as clearly as it does his strengths. Strictly speaking, Crichton hasn't had an original concept in some thirty years, and just as he rehashed his screenplay for WESTWORLD into the novel JURASSIC PARK, so does he rehash THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN into SPHERE. The novel also contains both the foundational sexism and ambiguous conclusion so typical of Crichton's work.
Ultimately, SPHERE is popcorn: we've all had it before and you can't make a truly satisfying meal of it. But it is tremendously enjoyable all the same, and where is SPHERE is concerned... well, you'll eat every kernel in the bowl.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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if illuminati means aliens and the sphere is alien to the main characters and the sphered name is jerry that means that a man named jerry is in and knows who else is is in... Read morePublished 12 days ago by cool dude
Boring and unimaginative. Crichton usually makes the impossible possible in his writings, but this book is far from it and far from a thriller. Good writing bad plot.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
This soft SF classic has aged well. In a similar vein as Andromeda Strain (though not quite as good), the plot avoids too many pyrotechnics (well, at least the metaphorical kind),... Read morePublished 26 days ago by S. Yates
Even though the book was written quite long ago it seems quite timeless in conveying a superbly thrilling adventure. An absolute must read!Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fast read with an introspective story line. Felt I was there.
I could smell the sea and see the creatures.