History Literature / TheAndromedaStrain

15th Mar '17 6:23:22 AM morenohijazo
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* GemTissue: The story centers on an alien crystal that can survive in vacuum and even a nuclear blast. Tragically, it also tends to restructure the proteins in people and animals, most notably converting fluid blood into a reddish powder in its victims' veins.
17th Jan '17 4:55:48 PM Kalaong
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* FailsafeFailure: ''Lots;''
** 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 peels from the roll and wedges itself between the bell and striker, preventing the bell from ringing, and they miss the warning.

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* FailsafeFailure: ''Lots;''
'''''Lots;'''''
** 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 peels from the roll and wedges itself between the bell and striker, preventing the bell from ringing, and they miss ringing. This cuts them off from ''lots'' of important information; little things like [[spoiler:Andromeda eventually learning to eat anything remotely organic - such as the warning.airtight plastic gaskets used in clean rooms. Cue ''really'' unwanted nuclear-sterilization protocol.]]
17th Jan '17 4:48:00 PM Kalaong
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--->These were highly-trained electronics men, Senator, looking for an electronic fault. The trouble was purely mechanical of the simplest kind. But for them, it was like trying to see an elephant through a microscope.

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--->These -->These were highly-trained electronics men, Senator, looking for an electronic fault. The trouble was purely mechanical of the simplest kind. But for them, it was like trying to see an elephant through a microscope.
17th Jan '17 4:47:16 PM Kalaong
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*** 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 peels from the roll and wedges itself between the bell and striker, preventing the bell from ringing, and they miss the warning.

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*** ** 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 peels from the roll and wedges itself between the bell and striker, preventing the bell from ringing, and they miss the warning.
17th Jan '17 4:46:40 PM Kalaong
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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.

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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 ''Lots;''
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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 peels from the roll and wedges itself between the bell and striker, silencing it when it tries to go off, preventing the bell from ringing, and they miss the warning. warning.
**The government never considered a possibility that the nuclear-sterilization protocol going off could make things ''[[ILoveNuclearPower worse]]'', so they purposefully left out any means to shut it off from inside the facility once it's been armed. Once the scientists discover that Andromeda not only ''eats'' radiation but uses it to evolve, they have to begin an extensive off-site procedure to shut it down. [[spoiler:When Andromeda eats through the plastic gaskets in the containment areas, this threatens the ''entire world'', and Hall is sent scurrying through a DeathCourse to shut it down]].
**The control stations allowing the override for the 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]].
**The core was equipped with automated guns firing curare-tipped darts to stop any potentially infected escaped lab animals, ''again'' with no emergency shutdown. Luckily, the dose was calculated for primates less than 20 kg, and [[OneDoseFitsAll not for much larger humans]], [[spoiler:thus making Hall's mad scramble possible.]]


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* HiddenInPlainSight: Wildfire is effectively [[ClosedCircle isolated from the outside world]] because [[FailsafeFailure a bit of paper got wedged in the telex alarm bell]]. Absolutely ''no-one'' noticed this until ''long'' after the events of the story, simply because the technicians didn't have the mindset to '''''look at the bell that won't ring!''''' The government is Not Happy™ to find out their $90,000,000 facility was knocked out by a ''[[CherryTapping sliver of paper]].''
--->These were highly-trained electronics men, Senator, looking for an electronic fault. The trouble was purely mechanical of the simplest kind. But for them, it was like trying to see an elephant through a microscope.
22nd Oct '16 1:03:14 AM DimensionalShambler
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* BittersweetEnding: The Wildfire team manages to find a cure for Andromeda and it has evolved into a non-lethal phase, but the amount of Andromeda that was released on Piedmont is now flying high in the atmosphere and will eat anything that passes through it that has some plastic (like rockets and planes), and nobody knows how long that will be up there.
** 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.

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* BittersweetEnding: The Wildfire team manages to find a cure for Andromeda and it has evolved into a non-lethal phase, but the amount of Andromeda that was released on Piedmont is now flying high in the atmosphere and will eat anything that passes through it that has some plastic (like rockets and planes), and nobody knows how long that will be up there.
** Actually, there is a part in
there, and can only wait on hoping the final moments of cloud seeding the film where Arthur Hill's character tells his team that they're 'cloud seeding' so rain government is doing will sweep Andromeda from the atmosphere and into the Pacific Pacific, where the its chemical makeup of seawater will kill it.it. In the meantime, though, another rocket mysteriously fails in the atmosphere...
22nd Oct '16 1:01:37 AM DimensionalShambler
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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 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." nuts". [[spoiler:The identities of this latter group - among them, a diabetic diabetic, a teen who built model airplanes, a WW1 vet, and an old chain-smoking lady - provide an early hint to how Andromeda targets its victims. Both All would have been mildly acidotic, from uncontrolled diabetes diabetes, the paint thinner they worked with, old age, and COPD respectively, which allowed them to survive long enough to develop dementia. The first two All cases commit suicide in Piedmont (and an unnatural and/or painful way in Piedmont, such as one via self-immolation, and the diabetic literally filling a tub with water and holding his head inside until he drowned, and nearly all leave ranting notes), and a ranting, paranoid notes. A final case which appears later - a diabetic cop that survived initial infection and then shot up a diner - which cements the acidosis theory.]]



* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: The Wildfire biological research installation is buried underground, [[HiddenInPlainSight below a]] ''[[HiddenInPlainSight legitimate]]'' [[HiddenInPlainSight 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]] ''[[HiddenInPlainSight legitimate]]'' [[HiddenInPlainSight Department of Agriculture research facility that's studying corn crops]]. To the government, it's killing two birds with one stone.
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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