The Andromeda Strain

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Harper Collins, Oct 28, 2003 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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 outerfringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona.

Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont,a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.


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I found the ending to be too abrupt. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho - Goodreads

I had to think for a couple of days to give this book a proper review/rating. First of all, let me say something. I read some criticism that this book didn't developed any characters. Well my thoughts ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zebulon Hollen - Goodreads

The Andromeda Strain gives a scary look into the possibility of extraterrestrial bacteria causing rapid death. The experimental procedures are well researched and really gives a reality to the book. Read full review

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Page 119 - Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow, And everywhere that Mary went, The lamb was sure to go.
Page 281 - The mathematics of uncontrolled growth are frightening. A single cell of the bacterium E coli would, under ideal circumstances, divide every twenty minutes. That is not particularly disturbing until you think about it, but the fact is that bacteria multiply geometrically: one becomes two, two become four, four become eight, and so on. In this way, it can be shown that in a single day, one cell of E. coli could produce a super-colony equal in size and weight to the entire planet earth. This never...
Page xiii - THIS BOOK RECOUNTS THE FIVE-DAY HISTORY OF a major American scientific crisis. As in most crises, the events surrounding the Andromeda Strain were a compound of foresight and foolishness, innocence and ignorance. Nearly everyone involved had moments of great brilliance, and moments of unaccountable stupidity. It is therefore impossible to write about the events without offending some of the participants. However, l think it is important that the story be told.
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Page xiii - However, l think it is important that the story be told. This country supports the largest scientific establishment in the history of mankind. New discoveries are constantly being made, and many of these discoveries have important political or social overtones. In the near future, we can expect more crises on the pattern of Andromeda. Thus I believe it is useful for the public to be made aware of the way in which scientific crises arise, and are dealt with.
Page 58 - Few Americans . . . were aware of the magnitude of US research into chemical and biological warfare. The total government expenditure in CBW exceeded half a billion dollars a year. Much of this was distributed to academic centers . . . where studies of weapons systems were contracted under vague terms
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Page 3 - A MAN WITH BINOCULARS. THAT IS HOW IT began: with a man standing by the side of the road, on a crest overlooking a small Arizona town, on a winter night. Lieutenant Roger Shawn must have found the binoculars difficult. The metal would be cold, and he would be clumsy in his fur parka and heavy gloves.

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Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crichton was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is the internationally bestselling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

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