Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain


Michael Crichton in The Andromeda Strain

I have always been attracted by science, since my early childhood. I remember seeing this movie and being fascinated by the science and technology on display in it. Today, as a MSC EE, I can see that the science in "Andromeda Strain" is accurate. In fact, it's the most accurate of all Sci-Fi movies I have ever seen (and I have seen the great majority of Sci-Fi cinema).

That's one reason I love this movie.

But there are other, probably subjective reasosn for my adulation of "Andromeda Strain": believable people and believable situations (no "last microsecond decision/action/occurance", no over-the-top behaviour, just human quirkyness, no one-man-does-it-all but teamwork and birth of ideas) and the avoidance of the cliche of only-1-will-survive. So, yes, I liked the script a lot.

I also thought the actors were good and the setting was brilliant. I am not put off by dated computer technology: the film clearly illustrates the computing capabilities at the beginning of the '70, and I find something educative and strangely reassuring in that.

I give it 10/10, and am sad that nobody produced a Sci-Fi as scientificly accurate ever since.

The novel's epilogue reveals that a manned spacecraft, , was incinerated during atmospheric re-entry, presumably because Andromeda Strain ate the plastic heat shield of and caused it to burn up.
The "Odd-Man Hypothesis" is a fictional articulated in the novel's story and named in the film. In the novel, the Odd-Man explanation is a page in a report of the results of test series wherein different people (married, unmarried men and women) were to make command decisions in nuclear and biological wars and chemical crises. This is in the film:
The Odd-Man Hypothesis states that unmarried men are better able to execute the best, most dispassionate decisions in crises—in this case, to disarm the nuclear weapon intended to prevent the escape of organisms from the laboratory in the event the auto-destruct sequence is initiated.

Michael Crichton in The Andromeda Strain.

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I wanted to like this mini-series. But wanting to like it isn’t the same as liking it. I expected better from something with Ridley Scott's name attached to it. Now that I’m reading the novel again, I’m reminded how good the 1971 film was. I think this was a missed opportunity. The original film had a focus that this version lacked. They could have dug deeper with what we know about science now, but instead they opted for numerous distracting storylines and blowing things up. Many times a mini-series can be better than the original, because it has the time to explore more details from the book. The mini-series of Stephen King’s The Shining was better and truer to the book than the Stanley Kubrick film. The same can also be said of the mini-series of East of Eden starring Jane Seymour, and the one of Jane Eyre starring Timothy Dalton. The Andromeda Strain could have been a very intelligent and exciting exploration of the novel. Instead they went for special effects, strange and irrational tangents, and an obvious political agenda. What were they thinking? I really have to ask. I wonder if the creators of this version of The Andromeda Strain wanted to twist Crichton’s story into an environmental cautionary tale in part to get back at him for his skeptical views on climate change. So far the only people who seem to have really liked this version are those who have not read the book or seen the 1971 film. I think when you’ve had steak, it’s very tough to settle for hamburger. At least this will inspire people to read Crichton’s novel and hopefully, discover his other books as well.

andromeda strain : attila de lado : 1971

In this science fiction thriller, a crashed military space capsule introduces a disease-causing microorganism to Earth. Named the Andromeda Strain, the virus quickly infects human blood with deadly results. Just minutes after entering Earth’s atmosphere, almost an entire town is destroyed, with the exception of two people: an old man and screaming infant. The disease-causing organism is temporarily contained, pitting scientists in a race against time to determine why the child and old man survived, in hopes that an antidote can be created to prevent a worldwide spread of the mysterious and deadly virus.

The Andromeda Strain undoubtedly is a plot-driven novel that dramatizes the process of science in solving problems and crisis. Despite dated technologies, it’s a work that aged so well displaying Michael Crichton’s remarkable insight, his grasp of the story and techno-savvy. I admit it has its flaws, but hey, it’s an early book and it led onto greater things (easily Crichton is a writer who learns from his mistakes and tries to develop his craft up a notch) so it can be forgiven. If you’re an avowed Crichton fan, no questions this is a required reading for you. If you want to try out his book later works can be good introductions to keep you wanting more.