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One of the seventeen satellites sent into the atmosphere to bring back samples of dust and organisms for study falls in the Piedmont region of Arizona. Soon the shocking discovery is made that all the members of the team dispatched to retrieve the probe have died and also the entire population of the surrounding area have either died or driven mad. All the dead have an expression of surprise frozen on their faces.
The situation had all the symptoms of an extraterrestrial biological infestation and in order to handle this, the Wildfire team is brought in. This team consists of four scientists, Dr. Jeremy Stone, Dr. Peter Leavitt, Dr. Charles Burton, and Dr. Mark Hall, each of whom is an expert in his own specialized field. What follows is an adventure in which the Wildfire team goes down to the location and after some initial investigation comes to the conclusion that the alien microorganism kills by instantly coagulating human blood. The infected satellite and the two survivors of Piedmont are taken to the secret underground Wildfire laboratory where further experiments are conducted to better understand the nature of the dangerous microbe. With the findings, the team of four scientists must attempt to save the planet from this unprecedented threat.
The Andromeda Strain has been featured in The New York Times Bestseller List. In 1971 it had been adapted as an eponymous film by Robert Wise. It was also made into a miniseries in 2008. The Andromeda Strain has found great followers in the world of death metal with bands like Nocturnus and Shadow Gallery singing numbers inspired by the novel.
About Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton was a bestselling author whose books are mostly classified under science fiction, medical fiction and thriller. His books have sold over 200 million copies and several of them have been adapted into films and television series.
Crichton has written books like Jurassic Park, Congo, Travels, Sphere, Disclosure, The Lost World, and Airframe.
His novels are heavy on adventure and feature technology, thus making his works belong to the techno-thriller genre. His novels also portray the interaction between mankind and technology, a failure of which compounds into a biotechnological catastrophe.
Crichton had begun his undergraduate studies in English Literature from Harvard College, but later enrolled at Harvard Medical School. Although he undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, he concentrated more on writing rather than practicing medicine. In 1988, Crichton became a visiting writer in Massachusetts Institute of Technology.