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"The Andromeda Strain" By Michael Crichton, A Science Fiction Book

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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton is a science fiction book aboutthe fictional 'first crisis' in the biological field. The book starts out bypointing out that technology is growing so rapidly, there is bound to becrises, like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, and how the biological field ofscience has never had a major crisis. He also points out that biology is theyoungest of all the fields, and a crisis has been long overdue.It begins with what is known as Project Scoop, a scientific mission tofind life in the extreme outer limits of the atmosphere. Many satellites areput into orbit, and most are lost or come back with nothing. Then, with theseventh satellite, the get something. There is just one problem. Thesatellite lands in a very small town in northeast Arizona called Piedmont.Tracking crews are sent out to find the satellite and find it, and head intothe town, but they find most of the inhabitants of Piedmont lying dead,clutching their chest, in the middle of the main street. When the get out ofthe vehicle to investigate, they die too, while being monitored by radio.The person in charge is back at base, listening to them. When, afterthe two find all the dead bodies in the town, everything goes silent, heknows something has gone very wrong, and calls in the problem. The systemsthat have been set up to take over in the event that something that like thishappened start to take over, and certain people are contacted. Years before,a group of biologists proposed to the President that, in case of a unknownbiological agent getting out into the country, an underground secret baseshould be set up to study the organism, and possibly try to find a cure. Itwould be five levels, each successive level more sterile than the other,from level 1 being non-sterile, to level 5 being as sterile as possible. Thebase also would have an automatic nuclear device placed at the bottom of it toprevent the spread of the organism if it were to break the seals of any of thelevels, and several stations to abort the detonation if it was not necessary.Now, the head of this group of biologists and the team of doctors and otherbiologists are called into action to turn this base into a disease controlcenter.After the team has been assembled, two of the members are inserted intothe town to find the satellite and any info on the way this mysterious diseaseis killing people. They go through the town, noting that the blood hadclotted solid in the arteries and veins of the victims, that death is mostlyinstantaneous, and that some victims live long enough to kill themselves inbizarre ways. A child is found with his mouth full of modeling glue, whilean older man is found in full battle dress with a gaping, bloodless holethrough his head. They find the satellite in the town doctors office, with apair of pliers and a screwdriver that were used to open it. Then, an old manand a toddler are found that are still very much alive. They are put in thewaiting helicopter and leave...

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