Getting to know Michael Crichton and The Andromeda Strain

Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. His novels include Next, State of Fear, Timeline, Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of the television show ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie and TV show simultaneously. At the time of Crichton s death in 2008, he was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Below is our day by day recap of Michael Crichton
and The Andromeda Strain:


Michael Crichton is known as the only writer to have had the number one book, movie and TV show simultaneously. This week we’ll take a glimpse into the book that made him a legend. sampleBooks aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it. – Michael Crichton


9780061703157The Andromeda Strain was the first book Crichton wrote under his own name. It caused an immediate sensation. Crichton was only in his twenties at the time and the novel focused on a biological crisis when most people were thinking about the nuclear crises. People even asked if the book was true. Crichton became an immediate celebrity.

In The Andromeda Strain, the United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to “collect organisms and dust for study.” One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona.Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town’s inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks. The terror has begun . . .


Time for some trivia!

The novel that flung Crichton into the spotlight, “The Andromeda Strain” deals with a deadly virus coming from where?

A. A genetics laboratory
B. Deep sea
D. Volcano

The correct answer was C. Space



Michael Crichton talks about The Andromeda Strain:

CN86HthUsAAtm-q“When the book was published, lots of people thought it was true. It was pretty interesting. When Bob Wise set out to make the movie, his researchers assumed that everything was true, too, so they went out and found all the things the book talked about — the underground laboratory, the computer programs, the biometrics security. After a while I stopped telling people that I had made it all up, because it turned out that it was based on true things. But I didn’t know that when I was writing the book.”


Not only was The Andromeda Strain made into a movie, but many other works by Michael Crichton also made it to the big screen such as Jurassic Park, Congo, Timeline, Twister, The 13th Warrior, Disclosure, and The Terminal Man, just to name a few. He is also the creator of ER, the longest-running prime-time medical drama in American television.

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