Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Author Michael Crichton Dies of Cancer at Age 66

Fans of fiction and audiobooks, or old-fashioned printed books, may be saddened to learn that author Michael Crichton, who gave us such thrillers as "Jurassic Park," "The Lost World," "Disclosure," and "Rising Sun," has died of cancer at the age of 66. His death occurred November 4th or 5th (I'm still finding conflicting information on this.)

A native of Chicago, Crichton was an M.D. who started writing fiction while a student at Harvard Medical School. He specialized in science fiction and technothriller novels, often with cautionary tales about the use and misuse of technology. Among his other novels are "State of Fear," "Prey," "Airframe," "Timeline," and "The Terminal Man."

Many of his novels were made into films, including "Westworld," "Jurassic Park," "The Andromeda Strain," "Congo," "Sphere," and "The Great Train Robbery." He also directed movies and TV shows written by others, including "Coma" and Twister."

Michael Crichton was also the creator, executive producer, and writer for the long-running TV show "E.R.," which is now in its final season.

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