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 ina 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 . . .
About the Author
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.