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The Andromeda Strain (Roman) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Michael Crichton
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20. September 1992 Roman
"Relentlessly suspenseful...A hair-raising experience."
The 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....

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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: Reissue (20. September 1992)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345378482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345378484
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 10,7 x 2,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (158 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.249.833 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Some biologists speculate that if we ever make contact with extraterrestrials, those life forms are likely to be--like most life on earth--one-celled or smaller creatures, more comparable to bacteria than little green men. And even though such organisms would not likely be able to harm humans, the possibility exists that first contact might be our last.

That's the scientific supposition that Michael Crichton formulates and follows out to its conclusion in his excellent debut novel, The Andromeda Strain.

A Nobel-Prize-winning bacteriologist, Jeremy Stone, urges the president to approve an extraterrestrial decontamination facility to sterilize returning astronauts, satellites, and spacecraft that might carry an "unknown biologic agent." The government agrees, almost too quickly, to build the top-secret Wildfire Lab in the desert of Nevada. Shortly thereafter, unbeknownst to Stone, the U.S. Army initiates the "Scoop" satellite program, an attempt to actively collect space pathogens for use in biological warfare. When Scoop VII crashes a couple years later in the isolated Arizona town of Piedmont, the Army ends up getting more than it asked for.

The Andromeda Strain follows Stone and rest of the scientific team mobilized to react to the Scoop crash as they scramble to understand and contain a strange and deadly outbreak. Crichton's first book may well be his best; it has an earnestness that is missing from his later, more calculated thrillers. --Paul Hughes


"He had me convinced it was all really happening" (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt New York Times)

"Science fiction, which once frightened me because it seemed so far-out, now frightens me because it seems so near. The Andromeda Strain is as matter-of-fact as the skull-and-crossbones instructions on a bottle of poison - and just as chillingly effective" (Life)

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Von Ein Kunde
What would happen if bacteria from space were to infect people on Earth and how would you be able to fight a completely alien disease? This scenario is the plot line for The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. A satellite was given the job of collecting upper atmosphere bacteria for possible use as biological weapons and one of these satellites crashes and ends up in a small Arizona town. Every citizens, except for a sickly old man, and a baby, dies a horrible death, either dying because all of the citizen's blood has clotted up, or going mad and committing suicide. The government learns about the death of the village, and calls in Project Wildfire. Project Wildfire is a group of elite scientists, hand-picked for their knowledge of clinical microbiology, epidemology, pathology, and electrolyte microbiology. They report to their hidden base under the Nevada desert and work to find a cure for an alien disease, that is unlike any earth sickness, before it can multiply enough to infect the entire world. All of Crichton's books that I've read are good. His books always have a heavy scientific background. Drawing from his Ph.D. from Harvard, his Jurassic Park and The Lost World, the two books that Crichton is best known for, use a lot of information about genetics. The Andromeda Strain uses more of a mixture biology and virology. The Andromeda Strain is a good techno-thriller, and the reader could actually learn something about the two sciences above. I couldn't figure out what most of the diagrams were supposed to mean, but I could understand the parts involving the bacteria and how it worked. I was also impressed by the scientific papers used in the references for the book. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Michael Crichton at his best 31. August 2006
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The Andromeda strain is a very suspenseful and imaginative book. Once I started reading, I haven't been able to put it down even when my watch read 2 a.m. and I had to work the next day.

What happens if a space-bound virus enters the Earth's biosphere and it turns out to be a killer? Why are there two persons still living after the first contact - a baby and an old man - whereas the rest of the town is dead? Will the scientists be able to find the link between them and find a cure? As a scientist I have to admit that Crichton has read up on this topic and everything he writes about is credible except maybe for the ending which is regrettably disappointing.

But nevertheless I recommend this book for everyone interested in science fiction or science based thrillers.

Always keep in mind that the book was written in the 1960s so computer and communication technology isn't up to date!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A thrilling tale, but a disappointing ending 20. April 2000
One of Crichton's greatest strengths is his ability to infuse science 'fiction' with plenty of science 'fact.' It is a refreshing change from sci-fi writers who simply toss around science vocabulary words, or rely on worn-out cliches such as hyperdrive, teleporters, and wormholes. In this classic tale, Crichton uses his background knowledge to conjure an alien microbe that infects the earth. He follows the progress of the scientists who study the Andromeda Strain...their discoveries about its nature...the details of its structure...and it looks as though all the little details will soon tie into a revelation about the Andromeda Strain...a microbe more incredible and bizarre than any microscopic lifeform on earth...and then the book comes abruptly to an end. It would not have been much more disappointing to end the story with, "He woke up with a start, covered with sweat. And he realized it was all a bad dream." This really is a good book, and well worth the time to read it. I was just expecting a more creative, and more fulfilling, conclusion.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An unknown deadly organism from space 7. Januar 1999
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A government project called project Scoop is sending up satellites into orbit to collect dust and any organisms. An unknown deadly organism is picked up by one of the satellities, then the satellite crashes to earth. The government must find a cure before the organism multiplies and kills everyone. The Andromeda Strain is similar to other science fiction works by Michael Crichton. The story is written with a lot of detail and scientific vocabulary. What I like best about this book was its realistic plot. The problem has been previously proposed and I'm sure discussed by many in the scientific world. Also Crichton used fantastic imagery and great descritption of the setting and background of main characters. "Merrick was a rebellious, unorthodox scientist whose reputation for clear thinking was not enhanced by his recent divorce or the presence of the handsome he brought with him to the symposium". The only downfall I could find was in some parts the intense scientific vocabulary when discussing the organism and the depth that he goes in, but for some this might make the book that much better.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A doctor that doesn't know biology? 21. Februar 1998
Von Ein Kunde
As a biologist and a med. student I am appalled that Crichton made a basic and blatant error that his entire book rests on. If you have a population of organisms, and there is a mutation, THE WHOLE POPULATION DOES NOT MUTATE TOGETHER. The majority of the population stays in the old form. In this book Crichton has a population of organisms that all mutate together into a few scary things and then finally into something harmless and that saves the day. If this were REAL biology we would have a separate population surviving after each mutation. At the end of the book there would still be a population of rubber-eaters as well as a toxic population, etc. Needless to say this "Deus ad-lib" was a huge let down. Crichton needs to go back and read some of his biology texts. No wonder he doesn't practice medicine any more.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Top Ware und Zustand
Die Ware kam in absolut einwandfreiem Zustand an. Wenn man bedenkt dass das Buch 40 Jahre alt ist, kann man über den Preis nicht meckern. Bin sehr zufrieden, jederzeit wieder. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 4 Monaten von Matthias Mnich veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen this could be happening right now...
After a satellite goes off course and is brought down earlier than expected just outside of Piedmont, the whole town literally stops in its track and drops dead. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Dezember 2009 von Kurt Keller
1.0 von 5 Sternen This book is seriously overrated
I've recently bought this book at an airport as there was not much else that struck me as interesting and I was hoping for Crichton's routine at creating suspense to help me get... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2009 von Steffen Zschaler
3.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty Good
I thought this book was way ahead of it's time and fairly interesting. The idea that a disease as deadly as the 'andromeda strain' is very unsettling. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2000 von "prestond"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Michael Crichton
When I read words from Michael Crichton, I can visualize them all. I imagine visually the entire story. His stories are technical and flowing. This book is highly recommended. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2000 von Chris Morrow
5.0 von 5 Sternen Way ahead of its time
This is the first Crichton book that I ever read. The book is a thrilling account of the introduction of a space-borne bacteria into the earths atmosphere. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juli 2000 von J. E. Nelson
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic!
Michael Crichton's first novel is one of his best, setting in stone the pattern that he continues to follow to this day, and for one reason: it works. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 2000 von Bill R. Moore
4.0 von 5 Sternen Not terrifying, but good suspense
I figured I would try to get into reading some of Michael Crichton's novels so I started with "The Andromeda Strain". Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2000 von ray
4.0 von 5 Sternen STUNNED
The Andromeda Strain by Micheal Crichton is an intense book about several scientists racing to eliminate deadly bacteria, which came from outer space. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Mai 2000 von Jennifer Anlauf
4.0 von 5 Sternen STUNNED
The Andromeda Strain by Micheal Crichton is an intense book about several scientists racing to eliminate deadly bacteria, which came from outer space. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Mai 2000 von Jennifer Anlauf
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