The Andromeda Strain
Five prominent biophysicists have warned the United States government that sterilization procedures for returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two ye...more
The movie wa...more
Having said that, I was impressed to see that even as far back as 1969, Crichton had prepared all of the ingredients that would make up his later work. The Andromeda Strain challenges our faith in science. It ridicules the objectivity of scientists. Carefully managed systems fail elaborately to create suspense. A crack team is challenged under harsh conditions.
Unfortunately, The Andromeda Strain reads like little more than a blueprint for Crichton's lat...more
As with most entertainment, this book pulls you in by asking some questions. "What is it?" "How does it work?" "What happened?" While those questions are still being asked, this book is a fairly thrilling read.
If you don't like books that get too technical about things, though, this isn't the book for you. It's full of pages from government documents, computer readouts, and the like. That only helps the book go by quicker, because I just skippe...more
He's a very good writer with captivating storylines, dead on science, compelling plot and in depth characters, but...I feel like he gets tired of writing the same story or can't properly tie things together at the end so he has som...more
The Andromeda Strain is the greatest book ever!!! The movie was on TV a couple of times this year, but always at like 9 o'clock and mom won't let me s...more
The plot of...more
The Strain That Started It All
(A Book Review of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain)
Where others credit classic writers like Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, I forever owe my first real taste of science fiction to Michael Crichton — long before I was even made aware that such a classification exists — and perhaps, as I think of it now, even more.
I still remember the day I borrowed Congo from the high school library during my junior year. What made me pick me the book is this vague idea that’s it...more
English 3H Period 2
8 December 2009
The Andromeda Strain
The genre of this breath-taking and awe-inspiring book is classified as a Science Fiction novel, one with many technological and medicinal terms. I chose this book because I am a huge fan of Michael Crichton and I love Science-Fiction novels. I love the feeling of mystery and fear throughout the books and love to see what the characters do in the situations of peril and disaster. The setting takes place in t...more
The construction of the events and the execution feels very real - rather than an elite team of geniuses who use super spy powers to do whatever they want, you get a feel for the bureaucracy created by a government organization made to address an unknown threat, and the hodge-podge nature of a...more
It is an amazing read. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. If you love Science you will enjoy it even more. When you read a book, a second or third time, you notice a lot of things you miss the first time.
The story is about a Scoop satellite that goes off its trajectory and lands in a small town (of about 50 people) in Arizona, USA. A team goes to retrieve it and finds a lot of dead bodies. They die too....more
2. A satellite designed to capture bacteria and dust particles in the upper atmosphere has crashed in a small town in Arizona, releasing an unknown virus and killing everyone except a child and an old man in the town. They are brought to a laboratory, along with samples of the virus, to be studied, but the virus breaks out on the lab...more
The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.
Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing ina desolate area of Arizona.
Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking d
This book is about how an extra-terrestrial bacteria is found in a town annihilated by this bacteria. A group of the nation's best...more
I enjoyed the technicality of the story, though others might not be so keen on it. The clinical narrative allows Crichton to demonstrate his medical background in the team’s examination of the microbe. The scientific process of their assessment...more
Crichton has great ideas, but his writing is pedestrian at best, his characters lack char...more
It is the story of a bunch of scientists doing their scientific thing in trying to find the cure to a plague that originates in outer space. Well, not really foreign outer space so much as simply really, really, really hig...more
This book recounts the five-day history of a major American scientific crisis....
So begins Michael Crichton's first book, the one that made his name. When an Army space probe sent to look for extraterrestrial bacteria as potential biological weapons actually succeeds -- and kills a town of people -- a team of four scientists is called to a top-secret lab to examine the bacteria and find ways to control it. They only have three pieces of evidence to start with:
1. The strain kills by completely cl...more
When a military satellite returns to Earth, a recovery team is dispatched to retrieve it; during a live radio co...more