The Andromeda Strain
The United States government is given a warning by the preeminent 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.
The terror has begun....
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About the AuthorMichael Crichton was a writer, director, and producer, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. One of the most recognizable names in literature and entertainment, Crichton sold more than 200 million copies of his books, which have been translated into 40 languages and adapted into 15 films.
"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