From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a captivating thriller about a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism, which threatens to annihilate human life.
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 years later, a probe satellite falls to the earth and lands in a desolate region of northeastern Arizona. Nearby, in the town of Piedmont, bodies lie heaped and flung across the ground, faces locked in frozen surprise. What could cause such shock and fear? The terror has begun, and there is no telling where it will end.
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With its sound science and quietly mounting sense of dread, 1969’s The Andromeda Strain transformed Michael Crichton from a Harvard Medical School student into the father of the modern techno-thriller. When a military satellite carrying a human-annihilating microorganism crash-lands in Arizona, the world’s fate rests in the hands of a small team of dedicated scientists. Crichton explores the failures and triumphs of our relationship with technology—a theme he returns to in films like Westworld and novels like Jurassic Park. But mostly, this is a page-turning sci-fi thriller that still feels fresh and exciting decades after it was published.