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Fifty years after The Andromeda Strain made Michael Crichton a household name—and spawned a new genre, the technothriller—the threat returns, in a gripping sequel that is terrifyingly realistic and resonant.
The Evolution is Coming.
In 1967, an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle—designated The Andromeda Strain—killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. Over the next five days, a team of top scientists assigned to Project Wildfire worked valiantly to save the world from an epidemic of unimaginable proportions. In the moments before a catastrophic nuclear detonation, they succeeded.
In the ensuing decades, research on the microparticle continued. And the world thought it was safe…
Deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance has continued to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. On the verge of being shut down, the project has registered no activity—until now. A Brazilian terrain-mapping drone has detected a bizarre anomaly of otherworldly matter in the middle of the jungle, and, worse yet, the tell-tale chemical signature of the deadly microparticle.
With this shocking discovery, the next-generation Project Wildfire is activated, and a diverse team of experts hailing from all over the world is dispatched to investigate the potentially apocalyptic threat.
But the microbe is growing—evolving. And if the Wildfire team can’t reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop it, this new Andromeda Evolution will annihilate all life as we know it.
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About the Author
Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was the author of the bestselling novels The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, Next and Dragon Teeth, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into forty languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He wrote and directed Westworld, The Great Train Robbery, Runaway, Looker, Coma and created the hit television series ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year.
Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. Wilson earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.
Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Guardian Angels & Other Monsters, and The Clockwork Dynasty. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. In 2008, Wilson hosted "The Works," a television series airing on the History Channel that uncovered the science behind everyday stuff. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.
Hometown:Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:October 23, 1942
Date of Death:November 4, 2008
Place of Birth:Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death:Los Angeles, California
Education:B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just received this book as a birthday gift. I was so excited because The Andromeda Strain was one of my favorite movies and books growing up, even though they both came out years before I was even born. Thumbing through the book I quickly became disappointed. I grew up in the area around Fairchild Air Force Base, so that part of the story intrigued me. When I saw the chapter on it, I lost hope for the book as a whole. It says that Fairchild Air Force Base is "near Tacoma Washington." This might be true if you consider over 290 miles to be "near." If this is the level of useful research that the author went through to write this book, then the whole thing is going to be a waste.
The original Andromeda strain evolved into a non-lethal form and only a tiny amount is studied on the Space Station. Years later, a strange formation appears in the Amazon jungle, showing the same characteristics as the original two strains. It has evolved again, and a group of scientists is dispatched to the site to determine the threat and containment possibilities. Written in the same style as Crichton’s Andromeda Strain, the story is presented as the mission is looked back upon through recordings and interviews. It has been awhile since I read the first book, but there were enough details about the first incident to trigger my memory without dragging the pace. Soon I was at the “what’s going to happen next” stage. In the best traditions of science fiction, this book is entertaining and thought-provoking. If you enjoyed Andromeda Strain, be sure to read The Andromeda Evolution.
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Very difficult to follow. I was anticipating a great follow-on to 'The Andromeda Strain' but that did not happen. The science seemed to be poorly explained throughout.
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Michael Crichton has been widely popular throughout our library ever since all of us discovered that he was the writer of the Jurassic Park books. One thing we love about them and this book especially was how he constructed the imagery throughout the book and our minds got so vivid that it felt like we were a part of the story seeing the Andromeda Evolution ourselves. A thrilling ride that will leave you breathless with edge of your seat excitement that will leave you with shock and awe in the end. We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
I hope that there will be another book in this series. I really loved reading this sequel to a book written many years before. This can be a scary situation to think that the government and scientists might be keeping things like what happened in this story from us. I loved these characters and how this was written. I loved the intrigue throughout. I received a copy of this book from edelweiss for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
It’s back! 50 years after Michael Crichton’s original story, and 11 years after the author’s death, the Andromeda strain has reappeared on Earth, in the form of a large and growing entity in the Amazon jungle. The Wildfire Project, long dormant, has been reactivated, but instead of working in the lab, the team heads to the jungle to investigate the actual entity, with help from a scientist on the International Space Station. The sequel’s true author, Daniel H. Wilson, does a good job of emulating Crichton’s style, using lots of scientific explanations and diagrams. Crichton had a knack for taking authentic science and tweaking it just enough to terrify his readers, and Wilson follows a similar plan, although the ending does require some “willing suspension of disbelief.” Still, the book is an excellent sequel, and honors the classic. I think Crichton would approve! Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC.
The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton via Daniel H. Wilson is a very highly recommended sequel to the science fiction classic. In The Andromeda Strain (1969), an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. In the decades that followed, Project Eternal Vigilance has been watching and waiting for the Andromeda Strain to reappear, while research secretly continued on the microparticle. Now, in the Brazilian rain forest an anomaly has been detected and it is identified as the Andromeda Strain. A next generation Project Wildfire team of scientific experts from around the world is called together to try and stop the apocalyptic threat. The diverse team of experts must try and get through the jungle and figure out a way to stop this outbreak of the Andromeda Strain before it annihilates all life on Earth. The narrative follows five days of heart-stopping action, following the team in the jungle and through reconstructed transcripts, interviews, and descriptions of video footage. The writing is outstanding. Wilson, who is an excellent choice to continue the story, captures the voice of Crichton while updating the technological aspects of the story to fifty years in the future. While Wilson introduces us to the very human team members called in to stop the threat, he keeps the fast-paced plot moving along quickly and the tension building to stunning levels. The team members have their specialties and are a diverse group. Wilson also shows their flaws, making them feel like real human beings called in to stop an impossible situation. I loved every part of this wildly exciting continuation of the original novel. There is an explanation of what the Andromeda Strain is and how it threatens life for those who never read Crichton's original novel, so reading the original is not a requirement to appreciate this continuation of the story. The denouement is a exciting, heart-stopping scene that should ensure this will be a movie someday. Each chapter opens with a quote by Crichton, which I appreciated. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION by Daniel H. Wilson is a science fiction / techno-thriller novel and a sequel to Michael Crichton’s THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN. It can be read as a standalone novel, but it would be beneficial to read Crichton’s novel first. Wilson continues Crichton’s story after approximately 50 years of waiting. Research has continued on the strain and the world thought it was now safe. The watchdog group, Project Eternal Vigilance is on the verge on being shut down when a large formation appears in the Amazon jungle on the equator showing similarities to the original strains of Andromeda. A team of scientists (Project Wildfire) are deployed to the jungle to investigate and determine how to stop it. However the microbe is evolving and time is of the essence. This is a well-written novel and carries on Crichton’s legacy and builds on his original story line. I was thoroughly engaged and entertained. The novel is written as a post-incident report. The main characters are well defined with a variety of personalities and traits that came across as very realistic and in the case of one character, highly imaginative. It took me about 7% of the book to get totally committed to the story, but once I was there, I devoured the book. There are also some technical explanations and diagrams. Don’t let that throw you. They make sense. Overall, the novel was thought-provoking and entertaining. If you enjoy Michael Crichton novels or science fiction, I recommend you try this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Many thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and Daniel H. Wilson for a digital ARC of this novel via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.