Michael Crichton the perfect story teller
Discovering Michael Crichton
Do you like to learn something as well as enjoy the stories you read. Well, Michael Crichton is the author for you. Always an avid reader, the first Michael Crichton (pronounced Cryten) story I read was "Coma". This was a long time ago. Since then I have read almost all his novels enjoying each one. The great thing about any of his stories is that they are so well researched and so plausible that you feel you have been educated in a subtle way in some type of esoteric medical or physical notion. The books are based around some scientific, technical or medical theory and are very plausible. The stories keep you on the edge of your seat and you will find them impossible to put down
Not only has Michael Crichton written twenty six novels, fourteen of his books have been made into films,(most people will have heard of Jurassic Park). He has a string of successful films many of which he acted as Director, Producer or Sceen writer. He has also written for television, starting the successful series "ER" , writing the first three episodes. He wrote under the pen names John Lange (German for tall) and Jeffery Hudson (after an English knight who was a dwarf) early in his career. He also wrote an early book with his younger brother, Douglas under the pen name Michael Douglas. Michael Crichton's books have sold one hundred and fifty million copies world wide.
John Michael Crichton was born in 1942 in Chicago Illinois. His father was a journalist and his son showed an early interest in writing, having a travel column published in the New York Times at the age of fourteen.
Michael Crichton sadly and unexpectedly, died of throat cancer in November 2008. He was married four times and has a daughter and a baby son born posthumously. It is a tragedy that such a brilliant man should die so young leaving his family without a father. Michael Crichton was a brilliant scholar attending both Harvard and Harvard Medical School. He was also a visiting professor in Anthropology at the prestigious Cambridge University in England He was very conscious of his height as a teenager and practiced meditation and consulted psychics in an effort to come to terms with his height of 6ft 8 ins.
In 1992, People magazine listed Michael Crichton as being one of the world's fifty most beautiful people. He was not only handsome but he was gifted with a superior intellect. Michael Crichton has two posthumous books to be published. He even has a Dinosaur species named after him! If you enjoy technically interesting stories with more than a grain of truth in them you will enjoy his books. I like them both as printed books and as audio books in the car on long journeys. I hope this has given you an insight into his world. not one of his books has been disappointing to me. There is something for every one in the wealth of stories he has written. Do try them if you haven't already.
I have just listened to an interview he gave just before his death. He was very worried about the state of the planet. He spent over 3 years researching Global Warming before he wrote the novel "State of Fear" Read it to see the conclusions he came to. Such a clever man.
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