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Michael Crichton the perfect story teller

Updated on August 13, 2013

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.

His Background

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.

A Moving Tribute

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      So sad he has gone. Michael was a true great. Thanks for reading. And the link. Everything he wrote was polished and informative. Miss him still.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You have written a nice tribute to an amazing author. All of his books are top shelf and I must admit ER was my favorite show of all time....the movies made from his books were almost as good as his books because he had a hand in them. I didn't realize how tall he was! You are correct, he is sorely missed and I hope future generations realize his greatness.

      Voted up and interesting....linked this to my "Prey" hub too.

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Deepak Anand, He certainly researched his subjects, didn't he? I always felt very informed after reading any of his books. Glad you enjoy them too. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Deepak Anand 6 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of Crichton,read Jurassic Park first when I was in grade 6 and I think I have done that 5 more times after that ! Never come across a better, more-informed story-teller.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      It was a very sad day for me too when I heard the news. He was an amazing man. I haven't read "Pirate Latitudes" yet but I am looking forward to it. Good luck with your English Paper. You will have more than enough material with the incredible Mr Criton. Thanks for coming by!

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      Stangking 8 years ago

      Michael Crichton is my favorite author. I was very upset when I heard he past away and that Pirate Latitude was his last book which I am reading now and to no surprise is just as amazing as any of his other novels. I am even writing a 15 page paper on him for my english class. I did not even know of half of these books that he has written. Iv read Congo, Jurassic Park, The Lost World and Pirate Latitude.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      "Prey" is my favorite as it is set in Nevada near where I live. I enjoyed them all. "Timeline" is great too. Thanks for coming by Joy.

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      Joilene Rasmussen 8 years ago from United States

      I've read only two of his books, that I recall - "Andromeda Strain" and "Timeline". Though I didn't get along with his "slangy" writing style, I did like the stories, and think of them often. I liked "Timeline" better.

      Gypsy, do you have a favorite?

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      Kelley 8 years ago from California

      I'm certainly a fan of Michael Crichton, having read almost all of his books, but I haven't read his pirate novel as yet. Since it was stuck in a drawer for years, maybe I shouldn't bother. But I'm sure I will. "Congo," "Jurassic Park" and "State of Fear" are my favorites. Later!

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for the kind comment,iounn. He was a true genius and good looking too.Taken too soon.

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      IĆ°unn 8 years ago

      Wonderful hub, informative and well put together. I'm a huge Crichton fan also.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Larry, I miss him sorely. State of Fear is one of my favorites too. His clear arguments against GW should be read by all the politicians hyping it up. So sad he is gone. Thanks for stopping by.

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Crichton is my favorite author...The detail, research, documentation, and persuasive arguments he presents are so understandable and entertaining that you don't realize the significant knowledge you are ingesting while being captivated by his vivid and imaginative writing...State of Fear is my favorite novel by him. I first noticed his protest against the sacred cow of man-made global warming in the first chapter of Jurassic Park...

      Sorry for going off topic..let me just say that he will be missed, and thank you for this tribute to a great writer that dared to challenge conventional wisdom...Larry

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      His imagination knew no bounds, such a clever writer. Thanks for the kind comment Jill.

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      I also love Michael Crichton's books. I've read most of them. He also wrote Terminal Man which is one of my favorites.

      Thanks for this hub Gypsy Willow.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for the comment lynne. I haven't read that book yet but can't wait to get started. Like the idea of a Pirate book being a real treasure!

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      lynnechandler 8 years ago

      I'm reading Pirate Latitudes now. It was published post-mortem and so far has been a real treasure.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Rose Thanks for dropping by. He was an amazing man and medically qualified. What an imagination, what a loss.

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      Rose West 8 years ago from Michigan

      Lots of facts I never knew! Like that Crichton started ER. I've never read his books, but I did enjoy the Jurassic Park films.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi hafeezrm, I am not surprised you enjoy his novels. They are great aren't they? Thanks for your comment.

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      hafeezrm 8 years ago from Pakistan

      I love to read any novel of this writer. My favorite was Congo which showed a head-strong girl out to achieve her objectives at any cost.

      Thanks for share your thought with us.

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