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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've been a fan of "virulent" stories for a long time. The Hot Zone is the most terrifying book I've ever read. Read morePublished 1 day ago by John M. Vizcarra
Technical/medical page Turner thriller. Everyone has seen the movie, but take time to read the book.Published 1 day ago by Norm Binkley
Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain is one of those ‘classics’ that I’ve long wanted to read. The thing that has most kept me from doing so is my experience with one of his... Read morePublished 2 days ago by H. Grove (errantdreams)
Compared to other Crichton novels, this one moves a bit slow and can be a bit technical to follow easily. Read morePublished 3 days ago by JJW
he Andromeda Strain (1969) is an exercise in edge-of-the-seat pedantry. Few authors are as compelled to expound on technical arcana and yet can remain so highly entertaining as... Read morePublished 7 days ago by M. Buzalka
‘The Andromeda Strain’ is a well written, well thought out and descriptive book, however it fails to deliver any concrete action or really any suspense until the final moments of... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Drew (@drewsant)
Crichton is a popular writer but I find his style awkward and sometimes grammatically incorrectPublished 1 month ago by Diana Clark