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That's the scientific supposition that Michael Crichton formulates and follows out to its conclusion in his excellent debut novel, The Andromeda Strain.
A Nobel-Prize-winning bacteriologist, Jeremy Stone, urges the president to approve an extraterrestrial decontamination facility to sterilize returning astronauts, satellites, and spacecraft that might carry an "unknown biologic agent." The government agrees, almost too quickly, to build the top-secret Wildfire Lab in the desert of Nevada. Shortly thereafter, unbeknownst to Stone, the U.S. Army initiates the "Scoop" satellite program, an attempt to actively collect space pathogens for use in biological warfare. When Scoop VII crashes a couple years later in the isolated Arizona town of Piedmont, the Army ends up getting more than it asked for.
The Andromeda Strain follows Stone and rest of the scientific team mobilized to react to the Scoop crash as they scramble to understand and contain a strange and deadly outbreak. Crichton's first book may well be his best; it has an earnestness that is missing from his later, more calculated thrillers. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Classic science fiction! Re-read it for an English assignment...as good as I remembered.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
A classic....spans the generations. Sorry Mr. Crichton is no longer with us to keep us readingPublished 1 month ago by Debra Gerbers
Like some others I read this now because of early teen memories. I have always liked The Great Train Robbery, no interest in the dinosaur books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
As embarrassing as this sounds, I had never read a Michael Crichton novel when I purchased “The Andromeda Strain,” first published in 1969. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven Ramirez
This is my fifth Crichton novel and while it is captivating intellectually, it is my least favorite. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kyle Pritchett
A heart pounding medical thriller. Could not put it down. Michael Crichton is a master storyteller. This tale is among his best.Published 2 months ago by Marietta Miles
I normally love Michael Crichton's work, but this one was just... different. All I can really say is that it had less adventure and action than any of the other Crichton books I've... Read morePublished 2 months ago by TelpeRaca
To much medical talk, too little story and what story there was, was not very exciting. This is the only one of his novels I finished primarily because I bought it.Published 2 months ago by Carl