The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton This reads like a true story and even the acknowledgements in the front by the author imply that it's based on a true story but some of the author blurbs on the back call it great fiction. So I'm confused but either way, it's a rather scary book with a realistic possibility with all the space probing NASA does. It's one of those books you read straight through because the action and suspense are gripping.