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Preston, Richard 1954-

Works: 69 works in 550 publications in 21 languages and 25,530 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Suspense fiction  Popular works  Medical fiction  Anecdotes  Suspense fiction, American  Science fiction  Case studies  Christmas stories  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Author of screenplay, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: RC140.5, 614.57
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Richard Preston
Most widely held works by Richard Preston
The hot zone by Richard Preston( Book )

121 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in 20 languages and held by 5,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this virus. The book tells this dramatic story, giving an account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race
Micro : a novel by Michael Crichton( Book )

59 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 3,538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of graduate students accept work with a mysterious biotech company in Hawaii only to be abandoned in a treacherous wilderness when they discover their employer's dark agenda
The cobra event : a novel by Richard Preston( Book )

73 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 2,749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Alice Austen, an officer with the Epidemic Intelligence Service branch of the Centers for Disease Control, goes to New York to investigate the hideous and mysterious death of a seventeen-year-old girl, and uncovers a terrorist plot involving the use of biological weapons
The demon in the freezer by Richard Preston( Book )

45 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 2,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: The first major bioterror event in the United States-the anthrax attacks in October 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with "hot" agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense. Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at Usamriid, a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world's most lethal emerging viruses, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons. His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox-and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines. Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government's response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill. Jahrling is leading a team of scientists doing controversial experiments with live smallpox virus at CDC. Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is reawakening smallpox and explains, with cool and devastating precision, what may be at stake if his last bold experiment fails
The wild trees : a story of passion and daring by Richard Preston( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 2,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the tallest organisms the world has ever sustained--the coast redwood trees. 96% of the ancient redwood forests have been logged, but the fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, the canopy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. Writer Preston unfolds the story of the daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored. The deep redwood canopy is a vertical Eden filled with mosses, lichens, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, all growing out of massive trunk systems, sometimes hollowed out by fire. Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life unknown to science"--From publisher description
Micro : [a novel] by Michael Crichton( Recording )

29 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three men are found dead in the locked second-floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier. But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself
First light : the search for the edge of the universe by Richard Preston( Book )

25 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the writer's year at the Palomar Observatory, which houses the world's largest working optical telescope
Panic in level 4 : cannibals, killer viruses, and other journeys to the edge of science by Richard Preston( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatic true stories about the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world
American steel : hot metal men and the resurrection of the Rust Belt by Richard Preston( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and Japanese and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Nucor's billion dollar gamble to build a steel mill in Crawfordsville, Indiana
The hot zone by Richard Preston( Recording )

23 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens when a rare and deadly virus from the African rain forest breaks out in the suburbs of our nation's capital? The virus Kill nine out of ten of its victims. Its effects are so quick and so gruesome that even biohazard experts are terrified. It is airborne, it is extremely contagious and it is about to burn through the suburbs of Washington, D.C. This doomsday scenario confronted a biohazard SWAT team struggling in secret to stop the outbreak of an exotic "hot" virus at an Army research facility outside Washington
The boat of dreams : a Christmas story by Richard Preston( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1969, William Foster, Sr., a thirty-three-year-old army reserve soldier, is lost in action in Vietnam. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sarah Ann; a six-year-old daughter, Lila; and a thirteen-year old son, Will, Jr. They live in a trailer on the coast of Maine, and parked beside the trailer is their father's beautiful but unreliable lobster boat, the Sarah Ann. The Sarah Ann's graceful curves and beautiful wood are a painful daily reminder of Will Sr.'s plans and dreams, dreams now lost with him. The December afternoons are lonely and dark for Lila and Will, who must come home alone from school while their mother works. They get scared when they find evidence that someone has been visiting the trailer, and when they come home to find a rugged, cantankerous, somewhat smelly old man watching TV, it takes them a while to realize he's--Santa Claus
The wild trees : a story of passion and daring by Richard Preston( Recording )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Famous for immersing himself in his subjects, Preston turns his considerable writing talents to the fascinating study of wild tree canopies. To research this book, Preston learned how to climb giant trees, camped out in them, and interviewed countless forestry experts to offer listeners an in-depth examination of how and why these giant trees should be preserved
The demon in the freezer : a true story by Richard Preston( Recording )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A true-life thriller about the return of smallpox in an engineered form. Eradicated in 1979, smallpox now has crept onto the international black market, where it is prized as the mother of all biological weapons. This is the story of a crusade by three doctors to stay a step ahead of the bioterrorists and neutralize the most contagious pathogen known
Panic in level 4 : [cannibals, killer viruses, and other journeys to the edge of science] by Richard Preston( Recording )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A grand tour through the eerie and unforgettable universe of Richard Preston, filled with incredible characters and mysteries that refuse to leave one's mind. Includes cannibals, killer viruses, and other journeys to the edge of science
The best American science and nature writing 2007 by Richard Preston( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Richard Preston selects works of science and nature writing as the best of 2006, including pieces by James Gleick, Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Horgan, William Langewiesche, and Heather Pringle
The Cobra event by Richard Preston( Recording )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seveteen-year-old student dies hideously in New York and soon other other similar gruesome deaths are discovered in this story of biological terrorism
Romulus Buckle & the city of the founders by Richard Preston( Recording )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California--before it was devastated in the alien war--Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World--and death is quick-- Buckle and his ship's company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city. Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race
Pure Fuel by Fuel (Design group)( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American steel : hot metal men and the resurrection of the rust belt by Richard Preston( Recording )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preston tells of Nucor, a billion dollar steel company in the heart of Indiana, representing the "lean and mean" business style of the 1990s. He takes the reader into the guts of the mill to meet some truly original characters
The wild trees : what if the last wilderness is above our heads? by Richard Preston( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wild trees is the astonishing story of the handful of wild-tree climbers and amateur naturalists who are now working in the redwood canopy, exploring this enchanted and terrifically dangerous new world. Preston takes us into a mysterious place filled with hanging gardens of ferns, mosses and lichens, a massive system of aerial trunks that have fused to form walkways, where redwoods begin to grow on other redwoods, 300 feet in the air.--Book jacket
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Micro : a novelThe cobra event : a novelThe demon in the freezerThe wild trees : a story of passion and daringMicro : [a novel]First light : the search for the edge of the universePanic in level 4 : cannibals, killer viruses, and other journeys to the edge of scienceAmerican steel : hot metal men and the resurrection of the Rust Belt