Andromeda Strain, The

Michael Crichton
"Relentlessly suspenseful...A hair-raising experience."THE PITTSBURGH PRESSThe United States government stands warned that sterilization procedures for returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. When a probe satellite falls to the earth two years later, and lands in a desolate area of northeastern Arizona, the bodies that lie heaped and flung across the ground, have faces locked in frozen surprise. The terror has begun....


Reviewed: 2021-04-29

What do we know? We think we are knowledgeable about the world (science will somehow save us) and able to predict the outcomes of certain biological events, such as the identification of a new infectious organism. But in the end, all of our fear and anxiety over knowing, even all of our accumulated knowledge and careful planning and preparation (all of our mask wearing) only spotlights our weakness, our inability to actually know. An inability to really see. And in the end, of course, the thing that we feared most, the worst-case scenario, isn't what it seems to be because our knowledge (no matter how deep or specialized) is blind. Unable to predict or foresee that everything would suddenly and unexpectedly mutate--so that in the end, the only thing we can be certain of is change. The only thing we really know is that we don't know what any of it really means.

Reviewed: 2015-07-02

This book is brilliant. The pacing, the story, the scientific info all had me enthralled. Michael Crichton was a real incredible author and I'm sad to see him pass so soon.

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