The Andromeda Strain
Five prominent biophysicists give the United States government an urgent warning: sterilisation procedures for returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, Project Scoop sends seventeen satellites into the fringes of space in... show more
Five prominent biophysicists give the United States government an urgent warning: sterilisation procedures for returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, Project Scoop sends seventeen satellites into the fringes of space in order to 'collect organisms and dust for study'. Then a probe falls to the earth, landing in a desolate area of northeastern Arizona. A little while later, in the nearby town of Piedmont, bodies are discovered heaped and flung across the ground, faces locked in frozen surprise. But the terror has only just begun, because when they try to find the cause of death, the scientists don't realise just what kind of unearthly danger they are dealing with...Brilliantly filmed by Robert Wise in 1971, The Andromeda Strain was the first book to introduce Michael Crichton's audacious combination of believable plots and white-knuckled excitement to a wide audience.
Publish date: 1993-10-05
Pages no: 295
Edition language: English
Put together the most meticulous plans and bring together several brilliant and creative minds, but still nearly come to disaster through mistaken assumptions and mechanical and human errors, and be likewise saved by random leaps of logic and mechanical and human errors. Perhaps the most fun part of...
The premise: Scientists have warned of the danger that a returning space probe might bring back a living organism from space. Protocols and facilities have been put place to deal with such an issue - if and when it arises. Now they will be tested. Having been written half a century ago, the books sh...
It opens with an "acknowledgments" page claiming the "book recounts the five-day history of a major American scientific crisis." That crisis? Microbes from a crashed space probe wipe out a small town in Arizona, and team "Wildfire" is assembled to identify it and find a cure. A lot of the writing is...
This reads like a true story and even the acknowledgements in the front by the author imply that it's based on a true story but some of the author blurbs on the back call it great fiction. So I'm confused but either way, it's a rather scary book with a realistic possibility with all the space probi...
I saw the movie then read the book. Loved both and although you can see that the technology is dated, it is the story that holds you. With all of the new viruses we are learning about, SARS, HIV, et al it makes you wonder, hmmmm.