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The Andromeda Strain (1969)

de Michael Crichton

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The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.… (mais)
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I believe the first time I read this was very likely not horribly long after it was released. May have been around 73 or 74. I remembered very little of the story, beyond the initial destruction of a small town, one character's reaction to blinking lights, and the Wildfire facility.

Having re-read this, I think Crichton was a touch more enamoured with the facility and the science around it, than the actual Andromeda Strain itself, still, he chose a very unique narrative voice to tell this story, and I have to say, I actually enjoyed the hell out of it.

Yes, it's dated, but one of Crichton's smartest decisions was to set it in present (for the time) day 1969, so the tech actually holds up very well.

All in all, a fun ride to revisit half a century (!) later. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I have a distant memory of this book on my parents bookshelf when I was a young 'un. Even though I hadn't graduated to reading proper books at the time I was captivated by the cover. At some point the book disappeared and it didn't cross my mind again until I saw the 1971 movie on the TV late on night about 20 years ago. I saw a copy of it while doing one of my regular charity shop sweeps and I just had to buy it and see what the book was like.

The book is laid out as a factual recollection at a hearing of events that occur due to the crash landing of a satellite. Along with the details of what happened we discover the mistakes and discoveries made by the team of scientists sent to solve the disease which has killed many people. This all comes together to make an interesting book which is based on more than just ratcheting up the tension.

There is a lot of scientific detail and its clear that there was a lot of research that went into the book before it was written. There is also a quite interesting aspect looking into artificial intelligence and what happens when machines we rely on fail and it goes un-noticed. Although the plot may look a bit far fetched to readers today I imagine that in the 60's when it was published these were real fears that many people had.

The book is well written and well paced so I found myself picking it up to read whenever I had a spare 5 minutes. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 24, 2021 |
OK story... a bit dated now as it was written in 1969, and I think the science would have been very good for its time. However, the story is a bit thin and its told in a flat, unexciting, matter-of-fact voice, so was a bit boring to listen to. Almost gave up. ( )
  jvgravy | Jun 1, 2021 |
„Aber jetzt, wo sie es mit einem echten Erreger zu tun hatten, der ebenso echte wie absonderliche Todesfälle verursachte, fragte er sich, ob sich ihre Pläne tatsächlich als so wirksam und lückenlos erweisen würden, wie sie damals angenommen hatten.“ (Zitat Seite 139)

Inhalt
Der neueste Scoop-Satellit ist bei seiner Rückkehr auf die Erde mitten im Zentrum von Piedmont, eine Kleinstadt in Arizona, gelandet, was eine deutliche Abweichung von dem voraussichtlichen Landepunkt bedeutet. Lieutenant Shawn und sein Assistent Crane haben die Aufgabe, die Raumkapsel zu bergen. Über dem Ort ist es still, viele Bewohner liegen auf der Straße, friedlich und tot. Damit wird das 1966 in Flatrock, Nevada errichtete Wildfire Labor aktiviert und ein vorab bestimmtes Team von hochqualifizierten Wissenschaftlern zusammengerufen, denn das Projekt Scoop sammelt in einer Erdumlaufbahn unbekannte Organismen ein. Es sind vier Männer, die unter enormen Zeitdruck den tödlichen Organismus in der Kapsel finden und ein Gegenmittel entwickeln müssen, um eine weltweite Pandemie zu verhindern.

Thema und Genre
Bei diesem Roman handelt es sich um eine aktuelle Neuübersetzung des bekannten Romans von Michael Crichton. Das Original ist 1969 erschienen und damit entstand ein damals völlig neues Genre, der Wissenschaftsthriller. Themen sind moderne Forschung, Biologie, Evolution, die Suche nach neuen Substanzen für die Entwicklung von biologischen und chemischen Waffen.

Charaktere
Die Figuren handeln nachvollziehbar und stimmig, sehr gut beschrieben sind die unterschiedlichen Charaktere und Verhaltensweisen der einzelnen Wissenschaftler.

Handlung und Schreibstil
Die packende Handlung findet innerhalb von fünf Tagen statt. Dieser Zeitrahmen ist durch das Projekt Wildfire vorgegeben, andererseits drängt die Zeit, denn das extrem gefährliche, tödliche Virus droht eine weltweite Pandemie auszulösen. Obwohl dieser Roman fünfzig Jahre alt ist, hat er nichts an Aktualität verloren. Die modernen technischen Möglichkeiten haben sich seither natürlich extrem verändert, dennoch wirken die Abläufe im Labor und in der Technik in keinem Bereich veraltet. Die Mischung aus wissenschaftlichen Fakten, möglichen Fakten und Fiktion und der Wechsel zwischen technischen Schilderungen und Action überzeugt ebenfalls.

Fazit
Ein zeitlos aktueller, sehr spannender, realistischer Wissenschaftsthriller. ( )
  Circlestonesbooks | Apr 22, 2021 |
This book was an interesting read. It had a lot of sixties era science that was described in great detail. I was amused at the chapter that described how the computer system was set up at the facility so that one computer could be used by up to five people at one time at different terminals. The author sprinkled hints into the descriptions of the scientists work that warned that mistakes would come back to haunt them. This led to my expectation that we would eventually get to the suspense of the pooh hitting the fan and the race to find an answer. When the end came, it came quick and was a bit of a let down. The characters weren't distinct enough for me, I kept confusing who was who as I read. Overall, I think I would have enjoyed it more when the science in the book was cutting edge. For me it was a bit too outdated and the danger never dangerous enough to get more than 3 stars. ( )
  Cora-R | Apr 13, 2021 |
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"All yours, Gunner." Wilson did not answer. He dropped his nose, cracked down his flaps, and felt a shudder as the plane sank sickeningly, like a stone, toward the ground. Below him, the area around the town was lighted for hundreds of yards in every direction. He pressed the camera buttons and felt, rather than heard, the vibrating whir of the cameras. For a long moment he continued to fall, and then he shoved the stick forward, and the plane seemed to catch in the air, to grasp, and lift and climb. He had a fleeting glimpse of the main street. He saw bodies, bodies everywhere, spreadeagled, lying in the streets, across cars ... "Jesus," he said. And then he was up, still climbing, bringing the plane around in a slow arc, preparing for the descent into his second run and trying not to think of what he and seen. One of the first rules of air reconnaisssance was "Ignore the scenery"; analysis and evaluation were not the job of the pilot. That was left to the experts, and pilots who forgot this, who became too interested in what they were photgraphing, got into trouble. Usually they crashed.
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The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.

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