Literature: The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain
is a novel published by Michael Crichton
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 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.
The novel has been adapted into movie form twice; the 1971 film
starred Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, and David Wayne and followed the book closely, while the 2008 miniseries
is a re-imagining of the original story.
This novel contains examples of: