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Sphere (1987) [Novel]
by Michael Crichton Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.2 of 10 (62 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 2 (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor.

Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery.

What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old...

Original title: Sphere
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorThe occult and Supernatural
FictionScience FictionTechnologyAlien Technology


  • For Lynn Nesbit


Edition #1: Sphere

Sphere (1987)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "His best work since The Andromeda Strain." Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Michael Crichton has done what he does best: giving us suspense for our nerve endings and enough scientific speculation to keep our brains working at the same time." Newsweek
  • "A fast-paced adventure... Just when the reader is certain nothing more can go wrong for the hapless band of explorers, the author twists the screw a notch tighter." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Ingenious and beguiling." Time
  • "The suspense is real... You know they're going to make it. Or do you? The last ten pages are exaclty what they should be." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Crichton excels at storytelling... [A] heart-pounding narrative." Newsday
  • "Ingenious and beguiling." Time
  • "With [this] thriller: Michael Crichton returns to the kind of high-tech setting he evoked so successfully in The Andromeda Strain... Crichton keeps the action moving... Sphere is a perfect book for the beach." The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • "Plumbs the frightening depths of perverted psychology... Few writers can make science as entertaining as does Crichton. There is plenty of mystery and misdirection to sustain the suspense, and the plotting is always clever... A thoughtful and thrilling probe into the murky depths of imagination." Boston Herald
  • "Possibly his best." New York Daily News
  • "Ingenious, fast-moving, well-written... Cricthon has set up a provocative situation." Publishers Weekly
  • "It's fun, interspersing healthy dollops of suspense and humor with observatrions about the state of humankind... Crichton has a gift for using words frugally to paint vivid characters... Pure reading pleasure." Baton Rouge Sunday Magazine
  • "Don't start this book late at night. It won't cause nightmares but it will cause lack of sleep. At least until it's finished." Asbury Park Press
  • "Intriguing... spirited... bounces merrily along from one surprise to the next." Kirkus Review
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Sphere (July 12, 1988)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345353146
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.9 x 1
Pages: 384

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Sphere (1988)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 0330301276
Dimensions: 4.4 x 6.9 x 1.3 in
Pages: 500

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