When Daniel H. Wilson first read “The Andromeda Strain,” Michael Crichton’s account of “a five-day history of a major American scientific crisis,” he was convinced much of what he was reading was absolutely true.

“There were all these quotations from books and technical papers, so many specific citations from sources,” Wilson said. “And none of it was true. It was all a product of Michael Crichton’s incredible imagination.”

Published in 1969, “The Andromeda Strain,” about a group of scientists racing against the clock to understand and neutralize a deadly micro-organism brought to Earth by a falling satellite, became a best-seller and launched Crichton’s career as a novelist.

Now, to mark the book’s 50th anniversary, Wilson, a Tulsa native

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