Published in 1969
by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Published in 1992
by Ballantine Books

"This book recounts the five-day history of a major American scientific crisis. As in most crises, the events surrounding the Andromeda Strain were a compound of foresight and foolishness, innocence and ignorance. Nearly everyone involved had moments of great brilliance, and moments of unaccountable stupidity."

Plot Summary
A military satellite returns to earth in northern Arizona. A team sent to recover the satellite breaks radio contact mysteriously. Because an infection is suspected, a team of scientists is sent to investigate, they find everybody in a small town is dead except for two survivors---an old man, and a screaming infant. These two, and the satellite, are taken to an underground laboratory where an organism called the Andromeda Strain is isolated, and nearly kills all of mankind.

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The Andromeda Strain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
FREE Study Guide-The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
The Andromeda Strain Summary

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