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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.
I like these types of 'reality drama' books and AS is well paced with lifelike characters. But I didn't like that the story is told as recollections from the characters; this... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Clark
It's an old little book but the plot is just fascinating.Published 4 days ago by Roberto Arias Esquivel
I remember watching the movie when I was young, it scared the heck out of me! This is an excellent story in as it could actually happen!Published 10 days ago by Charlie Martin
Another good book by MC. Not a lot of action and the characters are kinda flat but still a brisk read with alot of cool science fiction. If you like MC, you'll like this. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Giordany Orellana
Good story. He goes into a lot of details on the science of it, would have wanted more story but still a good read.Published 27 days ago by Jim Miller
Liked the book, but I think that the kindle edition forgot to include the ending! It seems like the author spent a lot of time researching and writing the book, then burned out at... Read morePublished 28 days ago by jk
Many people have seen the 1971 sci fi film "The Andromeda Strain". Many of those same people are completely unaware that the movie is based on a book written by the same... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skipjacks