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Author Michael Crichton Dies  
User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2252 posts, RR: 14
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

Breaking on CNN, no link (just a banner on cnn.com)

RIP, loved his books, especially State of Fear and, of course, Airframe

And, let's not forget his contributions to TV (ER) and movies (Westworld, Coma, Twister).

[Edited 2008-11-05 09:58:22]


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User currently offlineN867DA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jurassic Park I & II and Timelines are amazing. Rest in Peace, Crichton!

I thought he was quite young. Relatively, anyway.



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13252 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

That's a shock.
I loved his early works like The Andromeda Strain but thought as a writer he lost his way in the last decade.
However, he was an intelligent man who leaves behind a substantial body of work.


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2252 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2027 times:



Quoting N867DA (Reply 1):
I thought he was quite young. Relatively, anyway.

I believe he was battling cancer...



"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineGerbenYYZ From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

from CNN.com

"Crichton died unexpectedly Tuesday "after a courageous and private battle against cancer," the release said.

He was 66."

RIP


User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

One thing I knew when I picked up a book of his - it would be an interesting read, and would probably be so good I could not put it down until I finished the book.

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

I was only watching Jurassic Park II last night, weird timing.


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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
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Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What terrible, terrible news! My favorite author!

I hope his latest book still gets released, even if it is in its unfinished form. (Originally slated for December 2, 2008 release).

TIS



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User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3156 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Fascinating author, great books, one of my favorites from early one, but he recently lost a little credibility with me in the "fear of science" stance. Sad to see him pass.

Not a good month for authors. Tony Hillerman. Studs Terkel. Now Crichton.

-Rampart


User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8974 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1854 times:

Jurassic Park is legendary.

RIP  Sad



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User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2237 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1847 times:



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 9):
Jurassic Park is legendary.

While many of his ideas were interesting I found his prose and characterisation to be dreadful. Very disappointed with his novel Jurassic Park in contrast with the film, which was at least visually awesome (and had great John Williams music  Smile). Usually it's the other way around for me.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1841 times:
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Quoting Allrite (Reply 10):
Usually it's the other way around for me.

Which did you experience first, though? That always influences you a lot, and I've never met anybody who likes whichever they experienced second better.

TIS



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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10332 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

That's a shame. Definitely one of my favorite and most-read authors as I was growing up.

Quoting GDB (Reply 2):
I loved his early works like The Andromeda Strain but thought as a writer he lost his way in the last decade.

Yeah, I thought in the late 90's or so his stories became a little less well-written and more farfetched.

I loved Jurassic Park, Airframe, Congo, The Terminal man, and others. The first third of Timeline was good, but when it became more of a fantasy story (what with travelling to medieval times and whatnot), it went downhill.

I wasn't very impressed with Prey, and even less so with State of Fear.

However, despite my opinions of the books, what I can definitely say is that once you picked them up, you couldn't put them down.

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 11):

Which did you experience first, though? That always influences you a lot, and I've never met anybody who likes whichever they experienced second better.

Interestingly, I saw the movie of Jurassic Park before I read the book. And the book is far better, in my opinion.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1820 times:
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Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 12):
Interestingly, I saw the movie of Jurassic Park before I read the book. And the book is far better, in my opinion.

So did I, and I agree that the book is phenomenal.

Also, I checked online, and his book WILL be published posthumously, but has been pushed back to May 2009.

TIS



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2876 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

That's shocking . . . I had no idea he was already 66 though. He is the first person to have a bestselling book, movie, and TV series . . . we will miss him. RIP.

User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2237 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1781 times:



Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 11):
Which did you experience first, though? That always influences you a lot, and I've never met anybody who likes whichever they experienced second better.

I admit to seeing the movie first - had no choice in that case as I had just done a newspaper interview about a talk I was giving on chaos theory and the reporter kept referring to Jeff Goldblum's "chaotician" character.

I've read other Crichton novels though and thought them "airport novel" quality. But hey, that should be a recommendation on a.net!  Smile

I liked ER though... at least for the first few series.



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User currently offlineFerengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1774 times:
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Superb author, he is going to be greatly missed. Airframe is by far my favourite Crichton novel. I remember hearing somewhere that he got his ideas for Airframe from teething problems with the McDonnell-Douglas MD-11. Don't know how true this is though.


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13252 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

I sort of gave up on him after the paranoia of Rising Sun (just as Japan went into a very long slump) and the poor Disclosure .
(Bad film adaptations too, what chance also did Disclosure have with hatchet faced Demi Moore in it).

Sphere was a good book but badly adapted for the screen (how hard can it be? He wrote them with film versions in mind).

The First Great Train Robbery was a good one, good on capturing the society of England in the 1850's too.
Crichton himself directed a competent movie version too.

Almost unknown now, but The Terminal Man was a very good early one, with a decent film version.

Jurassic Park was a good book, clearly a massive film, here though he let his usual scientific rigour slip.

I did read Airframe , I agree that clearly Crichton was thinking of McDonnell Douglas here.
It was OK.

Under a pen name, he did medical thriller novel A Case Of Need prior to Andromeda Strain, and a decent film version was made.

His non fiction book Travels is worth a look too.

A shorter story from 1972, Binary was pretty good.

His best for me, still is The Andromeda Strain though.


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

My favorite author.

Jurassic Park is still probably the only (long) book I read over and over again, practically have the thing memorized.

RIP


User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10332 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1643 times:



Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 18):
Jurassic Park is still probably the only (long) book I read over and over again, practically have the thing memorized.

Haha, same here. I can't count how many times I've read that book.

Quoting GDB (Reply 17):
Sphere was a good book but badly adapted for the screen (how hard can it be? He wrote them with film versions in mind).

Speaking of bad film adaptations, the film version of The Lost World was completely ridiculous. The book wasn't the greatest in the world (tough to follow Jurassic Park, I suppose), but the movie was just atrocious.

Quoting GDB (Reply 17):

His non fiction book Travels is worth a look too.

I completely forgot about that one. That was quite an interesting read.



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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1637 times:



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 19):
Haha, same here. I can't count how many times I've read that book.

Thing is, I find something new/missed just about every time I read it... it's incredible the amount of research/education he would've had to put in to write something like that, and it contained (what was at that point) the absolutely cutting edge information in the field at that time.




Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 19):
The Lost World was completely ridiculous.

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Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 19):
The book wasn't the greatest in the world (tough to follow Jurassic Park, I suppose), but the movie was just atrocious.

True, though do keep in mind that a lot of what was actually in the book was also integrated into Jurassic Park III as well.

The alleged upcoming JP IV is supposed to feature a chase scene between raptors and people on motorbikes... that was also (vaguely) alluded to in the book, so should be interesting to see if/when that finally comes out.


User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10332 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1627 times:



Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 20):
Thing is, I find something new/missed just about every time I read it... it's incredible the amount of research/education he would've had to put in to write something like that, and it contained (what was at that point) the absolutely cutting edge information in the field at that time.

Yep. Just recently, I found myself looking up Cray XMP's on Wikipedia. Had never bothered to actually read about them before.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 20):
True, though do keep in mind that a lot of what was actually in the book was also integrated into Jurassic Park III as well.

Ah. I never actually saw III. No real interest.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
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Quoting GDB (Reply 17):
I sort of gave up on him after the paranoia of Rising Sun (just as Japan went into a very long slump) and the poor Disclosure .
(Bad film adaptations too, what chance also did Disclosure have with hatchet faced Demi Moore in it).

Sphere was a good book but badly adapted for the screen (how hard can it be? He wrote them with film versions in mind).

It's funny, I actually think the exact opposite. Rising Sun is one of my favorites because it's one of the most plausible ones, and Disclosure, while a bit bizarre compared to his usual stuff, was well-written.

Sphere, I thought, was just horrible. The first time I read it, all I could think the entire time was, "What the hell?? A talking Squid??" I didn't understand a lot of what was going on. The second time I read it, I understood it far better, but I hated the ending. "Oh, let's just pretend it didn't happen!" While the book was well-written and very suspenseful, I hated the plot.

TIS



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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1565 times:



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 21):
Ah. I never actually saw III. No real interest.

...should. The CGI is miles beyond the original, and the plot is much more tolerable than II.


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1557 times:



Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 23):
The CGI is miles beyond the original

Of course, for 1994 the original's CGI was revolutionary.


25 CPH-R : It speaks volumes that they were actually considering using claymation for the dinosaurs.
26 ConcordeBoy : 1993, and no one said it wasn't...
27 AerorobNZ : It was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
28 SKY1 : I did enjoy a lot reading "Airframe" ...I know people who after reading that book had a new interest in aviation. Yes, M. Crichton was a great author
29 GDB : Crichton would have done his research, he would have looked at a US airframer with a small product line compared to Boeing. Problems with the MD-11,
30 Homer71 : I believe the slats deployed incident in the novel was based on a real-life event (transpacific flight, early 90s?) - was the plane involved an MD-11?
31 MD11junkie : In the novel it's a Norton N-22, but the accounts are a true (I don't know if they were COMPLETELY true) problem of the MD-11 and Douglas. Saludos.[E
32 PROSA : Crichton trivia: What unusual "title" did he hold, possibly shared with John Kenneth Galbraith until the latter's death a few years ago? Answer below.
33 MD11Engineer : Actually this book was recomended to me by my late father, a vertebrate palaeontologist (dinosaur specialist) for including the, at the time it was w
34 Vikkyvik : I was actually more surprised at the part where they take the aircraft involved in the incident, and fly it through the same porpoising again. I woul
35 ConcordeBoy : No joke, he started writing Jurassic Park not long after the K-T boundary was just discovered!!!
36 GDB : Sure he was, as still usual then, excellent on many details. Except the process of making the Dinos from DNA, extracted from prehistoric insects encas
37 ConcordeBoy : One of Discovery's channels did a thing on that... determined that it'd be impossible to extract DNA from fossilized amber, but did determine that th
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