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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 Outer Fringes 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 Recent theoretical considerations suggest that sterilization procedures of returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee sterile reentry to this planet s atmosphere The consequence of this is the potential introduction of virulent organisms into the present terrestrial ecologic framework That quote represents the basic concept of The Andromeda Strain quite well A sensational and rather crude short description may be Bacteria from outer space , but this makes it seems like a low brow alien invasion sort of story when, in fact, this book is not strictly sci fi It was first published in 1969 and set around the time of writing late 60s This is the book that puts Crichton on the path of blockbusting bestsellerdom 1971 movie poster The Andromeda Strain is a medical techno thriller though it is also sci fi in the sense that it involves an organism from outer space, not to mention various gadgets that seem to be ahead of their time The plot is straightforward A satellite falls near a small town called Piedmont in Arizona, most of the townsfolk immediately die of mysterious causes, and the ones that do not die immediately soon commit suicide in bizarre manners except an old man and a baby who are strangely unaffected A secret government s team of scientists and doctors called Wild Fire , assembled for such a contingency, is activated to investigate and prevent any deaths The Wild Fire lab is located deep underground with four levels, the deeper the level the stringent the level of security and sterilization, including an anal probe by robots and such As you would expect in a thriller, things eventually go south Will this be the end of the human race view spoiler No hide spoiler The writing was drier than a cracker in the desertBut I loved the book anyway It definitely reads like a scientific army report but this was such an interesting twist on the classic sci fi first contact I only recommend it if you already love sci fi and diseases apocalyptic books.Left me wanting I ll definitely read from the author Nine years before Stephen King s heavy, genre defining smackdown novel The Stand, intelligent tall guy Michael Crichton quietly blew people away with his own hard science Big Bang Theory epidemic story.Similar to Andy Weir s brilliant 2011 mega success The Martian, this is hard science fiction told by an actual scientist But whereas Weir stepped it down for the rest of us with some laugh out loud humor, the good Dr Crichton put his best bedside manner forward and patiently explained his biological horror story in a way that made it scarier.Like a Jonathon Edwards sermon, his straight man delivery creates a technical tension that informs as it terrorizes.True, some of the overly technical sections dragged and I recalled moments from HS when I daydreamed the lecture away but Crichton never let his lesson stray too far from the subject at hand scaring the Heeby Jeebies out of us.Scared to death.That s an actual line from the book and describes one of the hero scientists attempts to come to grips with what was going on Seems an alien organism is making folks die immediately An incubation period of a few seconds A super team of science hotshots that makes Sheldon and Leonard look like middle schoolers takes it down to the line to pull us all from the brink Or do they A. liked the beginning, thought the end was unbelievably anticlimatic.