Hopefully, he was bitten by a mosquito
...So future civilisations may clone him in years to come.
Yeah, first class ticket to Hell, please.
Michael Crichton - the author, filmmaker, and television producer best known for his 1990 novel Jurassic Park - is dead at the age of 66. According to a statement released by his family, Crichton was privately battling cancer. "While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the …
It's all just a conspiratorial fraud to make money. I've written a book about it, please buy it.
Michael Crichton falls into the category (along with Stephen King) of having interesting and well written books that just end badly every time. Sphere was the worst example of his I read.
It seems to always be true that there is more to the person than anyone sees. Unbelievable to me, there's been no mention of "Eaters of the Dead", which you may remember as the movie "The 13th Warrior". If you haven't seen the movie yet, you have denied yourself much pleasure. Such a masterful adaptation of myth that you won't recognize its humble origins. For while in medical school Crichton re-imagined an old Anglo-Saxon tale and made it live. Scholars called it a hoax ('course with a "Latin source" whose two title words meant 'hoax' you have to wonder about 'scholars'), Hollywood called it a failure, but you'll call it gold.
To Crichton, "...where the brave may live forever."
He interviewed several climatologists and settled on John Milloy as his mentor. The admixture of scientific fact and fantasy became too much to bear and his intellect broke under the load, spewing forth Milloy's drek. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. There were never truer words spoken when applied to that book.
So we look back on the death of a literary figure, trying to decide whether to place the coins on his eyelids. Or not.
I started some books, failed to finish some, hated the lot. His characters failed to be at all credible, his plots sucked, his ideas (jurassic park excepted) sucked, he just couldn't write.
on your recommendation I checked out Tomatoes (generally found wanting) & then Wiki. Assuming this isn't vandalism, here's an extract from the latter <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_13th_Warrior>:
The outcome of this film's production disappointed Omar Sharif so much that he retired from film acting. He did not take a role in a major film until 2003's Monsieur Ibrahim.:
"After my small role in The 13th Warrior, I said to myself, 'Let us stop this nonsense, these meal tickets that we do because it pays well.' I thought, 'Unless I find a stupendous film that I love and that makes me want to leave home to do, I will stop.' Bad pictures are very humiliating, I was really sick. It is terrifying to have to do the dialogue from bad scripts, to face a director who does not know what he is doing, in a film so bad that it is not even worth exploring." 
Why does mediocrity thrive?
@all who made comments re: Crichton's skepticism around Global Warming;
Actually Michael Crichton at the epilogue to State of Fear did not deny global warming as a threat. He made the point that we should be careful of research commissioned by entities with a vested interest in the outcome of the research.
I too really enjoyed his books. And although Jurassic Park was a fun film, the book had more science in it to back up the plausibility of cloning dinosaurs. His medical background really shows through in the attention to detail he put in his books.
He will be missed. RIP.
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Michael Crichton's books were huge fun, I particularly liked Terminal Man, Airframe, Prey, State of Fear (I'm more inclined to believe this novel than some of the climate change twaddle being spouted elsewhere) and that Japanese one from ages ago. Only recently I was scanning the shelves in Waterstones to see if he had released anything new. RIP.
AFAIK, he never wrote WestWorld, but it was a pretty good movie, like something he might have written. Similarly, Coma was actually a Robin Cook novel, but he did a pretty good job directing it.
Sad to see another author go. Have to agree with some of the other comments, he was a good writer, but had a lot of crappy endings.
My favorite would probably have to be Eaters of the Dead, though that was so atypical of his work. Timeline & Sphere were rubbish. Disclosure & Prey amongst the better of his later works. For the older stuff, I'd have to go with Terminal Man.
We'll miss you, Michael!
Thomas Shinnick wrote: 're-imagined an old Anglo-Saxon tale'.
Actually it's based on an incomplete account by the Arab Ibn Fadlan of his encounters with Swedes ;) Crichton's brilliant idea was to start his book where the Ibn Fadlan account suddenly breaks off.
The book is excellent, the movie much less so. An annotated version of the original Ibn Fadlan narrative is here:
I read a lot of your books, and enjoyed them immensely. From "A Case of Need", "The Andromeda Strain", and "Eaters of the Dead"; to "Rising Sun", "Jurassic Park", and "Airframe". I also enjoyed and admired your handywork in such great, through-provoking, and yes, entertaining films such as "Coma", "Westworld", and "Looker", which provide not only a thrilling experience, but social commentary on the human condition.
My warmest regards go to your family and friends; may you rest in peace. You will surely be missed.
Unfortunately, the only book of his I've read was "State of Fear", which was crap... Entertaining, easy to read, sure. But the cheap literary tricks he uses are SO cheesy, SO obvious... Shallow characters with obvious motives, all that. The "science" was crap too -- not even the biggest sceptics with funding from fossil-fuel companies deny any more that it is getting warmer, because it's quite impossible to have a brain and do so; they now deny it's human caused. And the fact he put a disclaimer at the end does not excuse the rest of the book.
I wonder if his other books are like that.
Anyway, sympathies to his family and friends.
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