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Sphere
     

Sphere

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by Michael Crichton
 

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In the middle of the South Pacific, 1,000 feet below the surface, a huge spaceship is discovered resting on the ocean floor. It is a craft of phenomenal dimensions, it seems undamaged by its fall from the sky, and it appears to be at least three hundred years old. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who investigate this astonishing discovery. What

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In the middle of the South Pacific, 1,000 feet below the surface, a huge spaceship is discovered resting on the ocean floor. It is a craft of phenomenal dimensions, it seems undamaged by its fall from the sky, and it appears to be at least three hundred years old. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who investigate this astonishing discovery. What they find defies imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. Now a major motion picture directed by Barry Levinson and starring Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Editorial Reviews

Robin Mckinley
No one can ask more of a thriller, except maybe that it be a little longer....Part of the fun of ''Sphere'' is that it keeps you going even when you're pretty sure of what will happen next....The last 10 pages are exactly what they should be. Take this one with you for your next long plane ride. -- New York Times
Library Journal
Crichton has rolled the present, past, and future into one highly technical and confusing science fiction adventure. The present features, among others, a pompous astrophysicist, a female zoologist, a black mathematician, and a 53-year-old psychologist, who are summoned by the Navy to examine a plane crash in the South Pacific. The past is manifested in the stranded object resting on the sea bottom where it has been for some 300 years. When the four scientists, who carry their emotional minority baggage of sex, color, and age along with them, descend to the deep in their submersible, they discover the wreck to be no less than a spaceship from the future that fell through a black hole, defying time and space. Strange things begin to happen as one by one the cast of characters diminishes. Disappointing. Literary Guild dual main selection. Marion Hanscom, SUNY at Binghamton Lib.
School Library Journal
YA As in Crichton's Andromeda Strain (Knopf, 1969), the focus of this science adventure tale is humankind's encounter with an alien life form. Within a space ship lying on the sea bottom is a mysterious sphere that promises each of the main characters some personal reward: military might, professional prestige, power, understanding. Trapped underwater with the sphere, the humans confront eerie and increasingly dangerous threats after communication with the alien object has been achieved. The story is exciting and loaded with scientific and psychological speculations that add interest at no cost to the action, including an intriguing sequence in which human and computer attempt to decode the alien communication. As the story races to an end, suspicions of evil-doing fall as many ways as in a detective novel. Young adults should find this book both accessible and satisfying. Mike Parson, Houston Public Library
New York Times Book Review
Praise for PREY:“Crichton’s books [are]…hugely entertaining.”
Chicago Tribune
“Crichton writes superbly…the excitement rises with each page.”
Los Angeles Times
Praise for STATE OF FEAR: “One of our most gifted popular novelists... Crichton’s fecund imagination and considerable storytelling talent have brought pleasure to millions. A master.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345018014
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1992

Meet the Author

Michael Crichton (1942—2008) was the author of the groundbreaking novels The Andromeda Strain,  The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, and Next, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He was the director of Westworld, Coma, The Great Train Robbery and Looker, as well as the creator of ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 23, 1942
Date of Death:
November 4, 2008
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969
Website:
http://www.michaelcrichton.net/

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Sphere 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 195 reviews.
Mooslynn More than 1 year ago
It has been awhile since I have read this book and I haven't seen the movie so hopefully my memory will serve me well in this review. I remember the inability to put this book down. I was so scared and needed to find out what happened next. The supense was killing me. It combined two of my fears (deep water & the unknowing) which in my mind is a killer combination. The book was so good that I don't even have a desire to see the movie. Besides, the mind can be even more terrifying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have seen the movie, try to forget how hollywood murdered this story and look at Sphere with fresh eyes. As with other Crichton novels, this one is a real page turner. The movie jumbled the story and changed the plot completely. Here, we get to see what the sphere is actually about and what the scientists run into down there. Very psychological and a thrill to read! Read in one sitting.
The_One More than 1 year ago
The movie does this zero justice! Buy it! Borrow it! What ever you have to do, but just read it you will love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give this book a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton shows that he's not only capable of writing an astounding thriller but he's also capable of writing an astounding psycho-thriller.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Such a cool book. I've read it more than once because it's such an exciting read every time. Seen the movie tons of times too, but I think it's fair to say the book is better since the movie-makers kinda skimped on a lot of the action sequences compared to the novel. The book centers around Norman, a psychologist who was approached by the government to write a report on what to do in case of alien contact. Years later (present time in the book), the government contacts him and the rest of the team he recommended in his report to investigate a spacecraft that was discovered in the South Pacific. The team goes on a deep-sea expedition to study the spacecraft, but they soon discover that the ship isn't all that alien after all. When they gain access to the inside, part of the team discovers a strange golden sphere in one of the ship's rooms. Not knowing what the purpose of it is, they return to their underwater living-quarters and wait for their ride back up to the surface. But then the story starts getting really interesting and weird things start happening, seemingly out of nowhere. With unexplained things happening left and right and crewmembers dying from strange or unknown causes, the remaining team members begin to suspect that it all might have something to do with the mysterious gold sphere and wonder if they're ever going to make it to the surface alive. One of Crichton's best works and one of my favorite sci-fi/horror novels. Definitely recommended for someone who loves Crichton's other works or someone looking for a different tone of science-fiction that keeps the setting on Earth. There's also a couple references to Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea", which I thought was kinda cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I wouldn't read it again, but I thought it was good.
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Easy to follow fun.
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Pads in and falls asleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great SI-FI thriller, I love books like this. RIP Michael
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very good
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This is the best book ive read and ive read a lot of books in my life time. I think that any one that hates this book is stupid. Im only on page # 215 and i cant put this book down at all. There are a few boring parts in the book yes but what book dosnt at least one boring part in it. My dad gave it to me to read yesterday and i had i really hard time doing anything. Not a least trying this book is crazy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael crichton is as great as lways I could barely put it down
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