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The Science of Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain

by Sergio Pistoi, Ph.D.on the books of Michael Crichton

This book recounts the five-day history of a major American scientific crisis.

As in most crises, the events surrounding the Andromeda Strain were a compound of foresight and foolishness, innocence and ignorance. Nearly everyone involved had moments of great brilliance, and moments of unaccountable stupidity.

–Michael Crichton, foreword to The Andromeda Strain

Late 1960s. A secret military satellite, sent into deep space by the army to look for new forms of life, crashes near a small village in Arizona, spreading a mysterious and deadly extraterrestrial organism. People coming into contact with the organism die instantly, because the bug causes all their blood to clot solid. It’s something nobody has ever seen on Earth. Something that could potentially destroy humanity if it spread.

The Andromeda Strain recounts the drama of four scientists fighting against that lethal creature from space. Researchers start by exploring the village and by collecting samples of the mysterious … read more»

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A Taste of True Blood

Working Class Heroes

by Nick Mamatason True Blood

Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks.

–Karl Marx, Capital, vol. 1, chapter 10

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A Very Dangerous Boy

by Susan Vaughton the Twilight series

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I’m the world’s best predator, aren’t I? Everything about me invites you in–my voice, my face, even my smell.


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A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls

Introduction: A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls

by Red and Veeon The Vampire Diaries

If you’re reading this book, chances are you’ve seen more than a few episodes of The Vampire Diaries, and chances are you’ve used the tried-and-true “vampire love triangle” one-liner when attempting to woo your hold-out friends to the pleasures of Thursday nights on the CW. Maybe you added … read more»

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The Man from Krypton

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by Lawrence Watt-Evanson Superman

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive–Superman is undeniably a symbol of power. What’s more, he fights for truth, justice and the American way; he’s an icon of power used for good, power handled responsibly. It may be Spi-der-Man who actually said, “With great power comes great … read more»

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