The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton

the-andromeda-strainMy 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.

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2 thoughts on “The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton

  1. Agree wholeheartedly with Crichton’s accomplishment. And some of the few books that I’ve actually enjoyed the movies as much…I think he made writing the screenplays easy as his books have such great visualizations and flow.

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    1. It almost seems like he was writing some of the later stuff specifically for the screen, to the point that I generally like his earlier work the best. In the some of the later stuff, the characters seem to do little more than rush from place to place. But man, the early stuff . . . can’t be beat.

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