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Michael Crichton

Biography

Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of JURASSIC PARK and the creator of "ER."

Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT. Crichton's 2004 bestseller, STATE OF FEAR, acknowledged the world was growing warmer, but challenged extreme anthropogenic warming scenarios. He predicted future warming at 0.8 degrees C. (His conclusions have been widely misstated.)

Crichton's interest in computer modeling went back 40 years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His technical publications included a study of host factors in pituitary chromophobe adenoma, in Metabolism, and an essay on medical obfuscation in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Crichton's first bestseller, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full-time on film and writing. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into 36 languages, and 13 have been made into films.

He had a lifelong interest in computers. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.

Crichton won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for "ER." In 2002, a newly discovered ankylosaur was named for him: Crichtonsaurus bohlini. He is survived by his wife Sherri, his daughter Taylor, and his son, John Michael.

Michael Crichton

Books by Michael Crichton

by Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

On a secret island in the Caribbean, bioengineers have devised a vacation resort like no other, promising the ultimate escape. But when Dr. Roger Clark investigates, he discovers the dark secret of Eden Island and of Advance Biosystems, the shadowy corporation underwriting it.

by Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

American radiologist Peter Ross just wanted a vacation. But when he meets the beautiful Angela Locke on a Spanish beach, he soon finds himself caught in a murderous crossfire between rival gangs seeking a precious artifact.

by Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

The plan: to rob the Reina, a super-luxury hotel off the coast of Spain. The crew: three seasoned criminals with the skills to pull off the heist of the century. The edge: the scheme has been simulated in a computer, down to the last variable. The complication: three beautiful women with agendas of their own --- and the sort of variables no computer can fathom.

by Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

As an expert handler of venomous snakes --- and a smuggler of rare artifacts --- Charles Raynaud is accustomed to danger. So the job bodyguarding an old acquaintance about to come into a fortune shouldn't make him break a sweat. But when the attempts on the man's life nearly get Raynaud killed, he's left wondering: is he the killers' real target?

by Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Political radical John Wright is plotting an act of mass destruction --- and federal agent John Graves has him under surveillance. When a government computer is hacked and a high-security shipment of nerve gas gets hijacked, Graves puts the pieces together. But can he stop Wright from unleashing his weapon before it kills a million people, including the President of the United States?

by Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Diver James McGregor is used to exploring sunken ships. But there's something strange about the wreck of the Grave Descend. No one aboard tells quite the same story about what happened. Then there's the mysterious cargo they were carrying. A sinister plot is about to unfold, and if McGregor is not careful, he may find himself in over his head.

by Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Beneath the sands of the Egyptian desert lies treasure beyond imagining. When a professor of archaeology finds clues to the location of a Pharaoh's lost tomb in ancient hieroglyphs, he hatches a plan to find the burial site --- and plunder it. But can a five-man team of smugglers and thieves uncover what the centuries have hidden? And even if they find it, can they escape with it...and with their lives?

by Michael Crichton, writing as John Lange - Crime Fiction, Fiction, Hard-boiled Crime Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery, Thriller

To prevent an arms shipment from reaching the Middle East, a terrorist group has been carrying out targeted assassinations. In response, the United States sends one of its deadliest agents to take the killers down. But when the agent is delayed in transit, lawyer Roger Carr gets mistaken for him. Will he survive long enough to prove his identity?

by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston - Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

MICRO follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company --- only to find themselves physically transformed and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.