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Michael Crichton
The Andromeda Strain
Eaters of the Dead

Most are probably more familiar with Michael Crichton's more recent works, such as Congo, Disclosure, Jurassic Park, Sphere, and Rising Sun which have all been adapted into big-budget movies. I actually prefer and recommend a couple of his earlier works. The Andromeda Strain (also adapted into a film) is a "clean" story about a particularly virulent and deadly strain. The 'clean' style of writing mirrored the setting, which was a sterile research facility.

Eaters of the Dead was an interesting approach to the Beowulf myth. In this retelling, the myth is related by an Arab emissary, which adds a layer about the difference in religion, education and social status between the Arab and the North men. Eaters of the Dead has now been adapted into a theatrical movie and renamed the The 13th Warrior.

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