Real Life Andromeda Strain

Thursday, September 20, 2007
Who knew that Michael Crichton could predict the future? Next thing you know there'll be dinosaurs running around eating eco-tourists and archaeology students will be able to time-travel (damn, I missed out on this one by a few years...).

It seems that an object from space (possibly a meteorite) crashed into a remote area of the Andes mountains over the weekend. Locals who have visited the site have started complaining about headaches, vomiting and nausea, possibly from toxins being released or noxious gases that are resulting from contact with the ground and groundwater. Officials are now warning people to stay away from the crater and locals are concerned that the water, which is used for themselves and their livestock, is no longer safe to drink. Experts have been called in to investigate. All I can say is that if you see a helicopter dropping off a couple of guys in HazMat suits...I'd be running for the hills.


Oh sure, unlike Crichton's novel, it doesn't sound like anyone has died yet (which is a good thing) and of course, he had to change some of the details to protect himself from naysayers (much like his fellow prognosticator, Nostradamus) but otherwise, it's the exact same thing...sort of....maybe...

4 comments:

My Reflecting Pool said...

It's pretty scary stuff ya know.

SME said...

Uh-oh. Better start consuming Sterno.

SME said...

I think Lovecraft should share credit with Crichton, tho, for "The Color out of Space". Not strictly a germ-scare story, but close enough.

BeckEye said...

Well, at least people didn't touch the meteor shit inside and start turning into giant plants. Because if Stephen King can predict the future, then we're all screwed.

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