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The Andromeda Strain Setting & Symbolism

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The Andromeda Strain

The code name given to the microscopic, yet deadly, alien life form brought back to earth by the Scoop satellite. Crystalline in nature, the Andromeda strain resembles no earthly life form. The Wildfire scientists, for lack of a more accurate understanding, refer it to as a strain of bacteria.

The Atomic Substations

Located throughout each level of the Wildfire Laboratory, the atomic substations contain an override feature that only Mark Hall can activate. In the event of emergency, a nuclear self-destruct sequence is automatically triggered. Mark Hall has exactly three minutes to reach a substation to stop the laboratory from self-destructing. Due to an unfortunate planning error, there are several sectors within the laboratory that do not contain atomic substations. When Mark Hall becomes trapped in a sector on Level V which doesn't contain a substation, he must risk his life to climb through the...

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