My love affair with Michael Crichton began with this book about an interstellar organism that wipes out a town and threatens the entire human race. A team of scientists gather in an underground facility to grapple with the mysterious bacteria to decide the process by which Andromeda kills and hopefully to find a cure. I adore Crichton’s books Disclosure, Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park’s sequel, The Lost World, as well. In fact, the last 75 pages of The Lost World provide a master class in pacing. They might be the most exciting thing I’ve ever read. Wow! But I do love my epics and The Andromeda Strain, Crichton’s first book, while wordy has a richness that some of his later books lack. In any case, Crichton was the first author to marry science with fiction to create the modern thriller.