SCORE: 4/5

Author: Michael Crichton

Dates read: August 13 – August 16, 2018

Version: Kindle edition (originally published September 1, 1969)

Categories: techno-thriller, science fiction, thriller


While the technology has become heavily dated, the thrill and sense of urgency has not. Andromeda Strain won’t rise to the top of the Crichton crop as he grew to be a more refined writer later in his career, but the basis of a good techno-thriller is still there. It’s clear from this early work that techno-thrillers will become Crichton’s strongest genre. Look beyond the dot matrix printers and “advanced” computer systems and you will find a highly tense, thrilling, and enjoyable novel.