History Literature / TheAndromedaStrain

21st Sep '16 4:05:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FailsafeFailure: Several: first, the control stations allowing the override for the nuclear-sterilization protocol weren't installed in several compartments of the center due to bureaucratic delays, necessitating [[spoiler: Hall crawling to the upper level through the central core to find a working shutdown station]]. Second, [[spoiler: the core was equipped with automated guns firing curare-tipped darts to stop any potentially infected escaped lab animals, but the dose was calculated for primates less than 20 kg, and [[NoSell not for the much larger human]], thus making this mad scramble possible.]] Also, a warning bell that's supposed to alert the team when important information comes in on their telex machine is defeated when a scrap of paper accidentally jams itself between the bell and striker, silencing it when it tries to go off, and they miss the warning.



* FailsafeFailure: Several: first, the control stations allowing the override for the nuclear-sterilization protocol weren't installed in several compartments of the center due to bureaucratic delays, necessitating [[spoiler: Hall crawling to the upper level through the central core to find a working shutdown station]]. Second, [[spoiler: the core was equipped with automated guns firing curare-tipped darts to stop any potentially infected escaped lab animals, but the dose was calculated for primates less than 20 kg, and [[NoSell not for the much larger human]], thus making this mad scramble possible.]] Also, a warning bell that's supposed to alert the team when important information comes in on their telex machine is defeated when a scrap of paper accidentally jams itself between the bell and striker, silencing it when it tries to go off, and they miss the warning.



* YouCanPanicNow: One of Crichton's seminal works on the subject. The scientists are able to rationally tear Andromeda to pieces save when they panic and try to take shortcuts. Things go haywire every time someone makes a decision out of fear rather than logic. The story has been hailed as, [[http://www.yacoset.com/why-the-andromeda-strain-is-the-greatest-debugging-tutorial-ever-made "The greatest debugging tutorial ever made."]]


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* YouCanPanicNow: One of Crichton's seminal works on the subject. The scientists are able to rationally tear Andromeda to pieces save when they panic and try to take shortcuts. Things go haywire every time someone makes a decision out of fear rather than logic. The story has been hailed as, [[http://www.yacoset.com/why-the-andromeda-strain-is-the-greatest-debugging-tutorial-ever-made "The greatest debugging tutorial ever made."]]
14th Jul '16 4:59:46 PM BrotherGrimace
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** Actually, there is a part in the final moments of the film where Arthur Hill's character tells his team that they're 'cloud seeding' so rain will sweep Andromeda into the Pacific where the chemical makeup of seawater will kill it.
4th Jun '16 12:36:24 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''The Andromeda Strain''''' is a novel published by Creator/MichaelCrichton in 1969 about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. As the novel opens, the microorganism has killed an entire town save for two individuals, an old man and a crying infant. The team races to find the common link between the two survivors before the rapidly mutating organism can find a way out of containment and cause a deadly epidemic. Most of the action takes place in an underground research installation called "Wildfire", located in a remote part of Nevada. A lot of the book and [[Film/TheAndromedaStrain the 1971 movie]] spend considerable time showing the process the research team has to go through to be decontaminated just to be able to work on the problem.

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'''''The ''The Andromeda Strain''''' Strain'' is a novel published by Creator/MichaelCrichton in 1969 about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. clotting.

As the novel opens, the microorganism has killed an entire town save for two individuals, an old man and a crying infant. The team races to find the common link between the two survivors before the rapidly mutating organism can find a way out of containment and cause a deadly epidemic. Most of the action takes place in an underground research installation called "Wildfire", located in a remote part of Nevada. A lot of the book and [[Film/TheAndromedaStrain the 1971 movie]] spend considerable time showing the process the research team has to go through to be decontaminated just to be able to work on the problem.


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26th Mar '16 1:31:58 AM Prioris
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* BodyHorror: Andromeda dispatches its victims by near-instant clotting of blood - such that most of Piedmont was "cut down in mid-stride." The team get to see wonderful visages, such as a smiling family gathered around rotting food. The autopsy on the man who opened the probe carrying Andromeda also counts, as they chop him open - and only get clotted blood. It's hinted that a few survived long enough to "go quietly nuts." [[spoiler:The identities of this latter group - a diabetic and an old chain-smoking lady - provide an early hint to how Andromeda targets its victims. Both would have been mildly acidotic, from uncontrolled diabetes Type I and COPD respectively, which allowed them to survive long enough to develop dementia. The first two cases commit suicide in Piedmont (and leave ranting notes), and a final case which appears later-a diabetic cop that survived initial infection and then shot up a diner-cements the acidosis theory.]]

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* BodyHorror: Andromeda dispatches its victims by near-instant clotting of blood - such that most of Piedmont was "cut down in mid-stride." The team get to see wonderful visages, such as a smiling family gathered around rotting food. The autopsy on the man who opened the probe carrying Andromeda also counts, as they chop him open - and only get clotted blood. It's hinted that a few survived long enough to "go quietly nuts." [[spoiler:The identities of this latter group - a diabetic and an old chain-smoking lady - provide an early hint to how Andromeda targets its victims. Both would have been mildly acidotic, from uncontrolled diabetes Type I and COPD respectively, which allowed them to survive long enough to develop dementia. The first two cases commit suicide in Piedmont (and leave ranting notes), and a final case which appears later-a later - a diabetic cop that survived initial infection and then shot up a diner-cements diner - cements the acidosis theory.]]



* DisabilityImmunity: the eponymous Strain kills an entire town save a baby and an old man. Turns out that the contagion is actually extremely sensitive to abnormal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/pH pH]] levels. The old man was an alcoholic who drank denatured ethanol from canned stove fuel, resulting in acidosis, and the baby had cried himself into alkalosis due to a combination of infantile colic, hunger and fear.

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* DisabilityImmunity: the eponymous Strain kills an entire town save a baby and an old man. Turns out that the contagion is actually extremely sensitive to abnormal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/pH pH]] levels. levels - outside the range of normal blood pH (7.35-7.45), the organism dies. The old man was an alcoholic who drank denatured ethanol alcohol from canned stove fuel, resulting in metabolic acidosis, and the baby had cried himself into respiratory alkalosis due to a combination of infantile colic, hunger and fear.



* GodzillaThreshold: Two are mentioned in the book but not crossed. The most memorable, of course, is [[spoiler:the nuclear warhead intended to destroy Wildfire if a disease about to escape to the outside]]. In an earlier scene, when [[ChekhovsGun a rubber seal fails]] and [[spoiler:Burton]] is exposed to the virus, he volunteers to take Kalocin, a [[{{Panacea}} top-secret antibiotic that destroys all unicellular life]] - bacteria, fungi, viruses, you name it. Stone absolutely refuses. [[{{Exposition}} A expository paragraph then explains]] that when tested on humans with terminal diseases, the drug wiped out all the symbiotic microorganisms living inside and on them [[CureForCancer and even caused remission in cancer patients]] (while causing some minor inconveniences [[PottyEmergency like massive diarrhea]]); when the doses stopped, all manner of harmful microbes that humans had NOT co-evolved with moved into the now-empty biological niches and killed all the subjects [[NightmareFuel in various grotesque ways]] within six hours.

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* GodzillaThreshold: Two are mentioned in the book but not crossed. The most memorable, of course, is [[spoiler:the nuclear warhead intended to destroy Wildfire if a disease is about to escape to the outside]]. In an earlier scene, when [[ChekhovsGun a rubber seal fails]] and [[spoiler:Burton]] is exposed to the virus, he volunteers to take Kalocin, a [[{{Panacea}} top-secret antibiotic that destroys all unicellular life]] - bacteria, fungi, viruses, you name it. Stone absolutely refuses. [[{{Exposition}} A expository paragraph then explains]] that when tested on humans with terminal diseases, the drug wiped out all the symbiotic microorganisms living inside and on them [[CureForCancer and even caused remission in cancer patients]] (while causing some minor inconveniences [[PottyEmergency like massive diarrhea]]); when the doses stopped, all manner of harmful microbes that humans had NOT co-evolved with moved into the now-empty biological niches and killed all the subjects [[NightmareFuel in various grotesque ways]] within six hours.



* SelfDestructMechanism: The Wildfire facility has a nuclear device beneath it that it set to automatically go off in the event of a breach to prevent any nasty diseases from getting out. Unfortunately, the scientists calculate that the heat and radiation from a nuclear blast would cause the virus to mutate into a potentially much deadlier form. In addition, the book goes into detail about the necessarily psychological profile of the one person who should be entrusted with the "off" key. The people in charge calculated that an unmarried male with no strong family connections would be best able to make the decision to allow the bomb to go off. And the device is even designed so only Hall can use it, so another person less willing to sacrifice himself than Hall can't just take take the key from him and stop the countdown.

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* SelfDestructMechanism: The Wildfire facility has a nuclear device beneath it that it is set to automatically go off in the event of a breach to prevent any nasty diseases from getting out. Unfortunately, the scientists calculate that the heat and radiation from a nuclear blast would cause the virus to mutate into a potentially much deadlier form. In addition, the book goes into detail about the necessarily psychological profile of the one person who should be entrusted with the "off" key. The people in charge calculated that an unmarried male with no strong family connections would be best able to make the decision to allow the bomb to go off. And the device is even designed so only Hall can use it, so another person less willing to sacrifice himself than Hall can't just take take the key from him and stop the countdown.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There's one anomaly in the Piedmont population who committed suicide instead of dying like the rest - a boy who decided to ingest paint thinner and glue to kill himself. It's not known if he was affected by Andromeda, or was driven to despair after seeing his entire family die immediately.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There's one anomaly in the "suicidal" vs. "dropped dead" Piedmont population who committed suicide instead of dying like the rest - a teenage boy who decided to ingest paint thinner and glue to kill himself. It's not known if he was affected by Andromeda, or was driven to despair after seeing his entire family die immediately.immediately.
** Like the other suicide victims, the teen's death is a clue. [[spoiler: Paint thinner and glue both contain methylated spirits (methanol, methyl ethyl ketone and acetone), all of which cause massive metabolic acidosis - well enough to defeat Andromeda. The victim likely survived infection, only to die of his toxidrome shortly afterward.]]
12th Oct '15 1:52:13 AM marcoasalazarm
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* SelfDestructMechanism: The Wildfire facility has a nuclear device beneath it that it set to automatically go off in the event of a breach to prevent any nasty diseases from getting out. Unfortunately, the scientists calculate that the heat and radiation from a nuclear blast would cause the virus to mutate into a potentially much deadlier form. In addition, the book goes into detail about the necessarily psychological profile of the one person who should be entrusted with the "off" key. The people in charge calculated that an unmarried male with no strong family connections would be best able to make the decision to allow the bomb to go off.

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* SelfDestructMechanism: The Wildfire facility has a nuclear device beneath it that it set to automatically go off in the event of a breach to prevent any nasty diseases from getting out. Unfortunately, the scientists calculate that the heat and radiation from a nuclear blast would cause the virus to mutate into a potentially much deadlier form. In addition, the book goes into detail about the necessarily psychological profile of the one person who should be entrusted with the "off" key. The people in charge calculated that an unmarried male with no strong family connections would be best able to make the decision to allow the bomb to go off. And the device is even designed so only Hall can use it, so another person less willing to sacrifice himself than Hall can't just take take the key from him and stop the countdown.
15th Sep '15 9:31:27 AM lakingsif
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* DressingToDie: Almost everyone in the small town of Piedmont dies when the Andromeda Strain is released. However, some people go crazy and kill themselves instead of dying from the effects of the disease. [[spoiler: One of these is William Arnold, who puts on his World War I U.S. Army uniform before shooting himself in the head.]]
19th Aug '15 8:01:24 AM Kalaong
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* YouCanPanicNow: One of Crichton's seminal works on the subject. The scientists are able to rationally tear Andromeda to pieces save when they panic and try to take shortcuts. Things go haywire every time someone makes a decision out of fear rather than logic. The story has been hailed as, [[http://www.yacoset.com/why-the-andromeda-strain-is-the-greatest-debugging-tutorial-ever-made "The greatest debugging tutorial ever made."]]
7th Aug '15 7:36:16 PM LTR
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** It's also briefly mentioned that the helicopter pilot that drops the Wildfire team off at the site of first infection is under orders that if the team on the ground is overwhelmed by Andromeda, he is to return to a designated "clean" area at his base where both he and his aircraft will be incinerated as a sterilization measure. And he's being shadowed by a fighter jet that will shoot him down if he doesn't comply.
5th Jul '15 3:38:09 PM Vitruvius
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* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: The back-up plan to prevent a release of agent from the Wildfire facility was to destroy the site with a nuke. Heroically averted, as a nuclear detonation might only have fueled Andromeda's rampant growth.
18th May '15 9:53:48 PM triscion
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* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, [[HiddenInPlainSight below a ''legitimate'' Department of Agriculture research facility that's studying corn crops]].

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* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, [[HiddenInPlainSight below a ''legitimate'' a]] ''[[HiddenInPlainSight legitimate]]'' [[HiddenInPlainSight Department of Agriculture research facility that's studying corn crops]].
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