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The Andromeda Strain Mass Market Paperback – October 28, 2008
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Some biologists speculate that if we ever make contact with extraterrestrials, those life forms are likely to be--like most life on earth--one-celled or smaller creatures, more comparable to bacteria than little green men. And even though such organisms would not likely be able to harm humans, the possibility exists that first contact might be our last.
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.
Praise for Michael Crichton and The Andromeda Strain
“Compulsive reading. . . . [Crichton] has perfected the fusion of thriller with science fiction.” —Los Angeles Times
“Canonical.” —The Atlantic
“A reading windfall—compelling, memorable, superbly executed. . . . Achieves something important.” —The New York Times
“The master of the high-concept technothriller. . . . [Crichton] has a knack for plotting at megahertz speed.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“The Andromeda Strain invented a new genre, the technothriller. . . . [Crichton] could make most readers lose sleep all night and call in sick the next day.” —San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The virus coming from space seemed believable. The concept has been used in other stories, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. And the secret base in the desert is easy to believe, and has been used in many other stories.
Some of the more bizarre or unbelievable aspects of the story were; a colonel repeatedly calling a major “sir” instead of “major” or “major so and so” or just using the major’s last time like a superior officer would address a subordinate in the military. The pink jumpsuits. A real fashion statement. On page 180 it’s explained how three or four lab assistants are needed to hold down a rhesus monkey, but on page 212 Burton has no trouble holding down a rhesus monkey by himself. Would the Air Force use a test conducted by the Army or do their own test? I vote for the latter.
I read everything from nonfiction to westerns, but at least half of my time is spent reading sci-fi and fantasy.
Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, William R. Forstchen, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.
For the most part, however, this was a plodding and pedantic read. I got the feeling that for most of the book Crichton was simply showing off his knowledge of the medical field. The narrative spends too much time explaining in excruciating detail the different medical and biological concepts being used, and not enough actual story-telling.
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