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R.I.P. Michael Crichton

Just a quick note today to mention the profound loss the literary world faces today as Michael Crichton has died of cancer at age 66. Crichton’s stunning imagination and scientific training brought us some of, in my opinion, some of the greatest works of popular science fiction–such as, The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Sphere, Congo, Timeline, and Prey. Crichton meticulously researched his novels about potential scientific developments and their implications in the event of a disaster or crisis. His ability to explain complex scientific research in an approachable way allowed average readers to gain an understanding of the potentials for cutting-edge science like biological weapons, cloning, quantum physics, and nanotechnology–well before these were the topics of lunchroom conversation (unless you’re having lunch at NASA.) MC

“Through his books,” said a statement by Crichton’s family, “Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand. He did this with a wry sense of humour that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.”

He was truly one of the most entertaining and imaginative writers of the twentieth century.

R.I.P. Michael Crichton.

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  1. Congratulations on picking out Crichton as a leading literary figure of the modern age. As one with a fairly eclectic list of interests such as mediaeval history yet a bioscience training and career, I could find both accurately weaved into a single Crichton novel, not once but several times. A modern renaissance man in his breadth of interests and passion for accuracy.

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