Michael Crichton

Crichton at [[Harvard University]] in 2002 John Michael Crichton (; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American author, screenwriter and filmmaker. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and over a dozen have been adapted into films. His literary works heavily feature technology and are usually within the science fiction, techno-thriller, and medical fiction genres. Crichton’s novels often explore human technological advancement and attempted dominance over nature, both with frequently catastrophic results; many of his works are cautionary tales, especially regarding themes of biotechnology. Several of his stories center specifically around themes of genetic modification, hybridization, paleontology and/or zoology. Many feature medical or scientific underpinnings, reflective of his own medical training and scientific background.

Crichton received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1969 but did not practice medicine, choosing to focus on his writing instead. Initially writing under a pseudonym, he eventually wrote 26 novels, including: ''The Andromeda Strain'' (1969), ''The Terminal Man'' (1972), ''The Great Train Robbery'' (1975), ''Congo'' (1980), ''Sphere'' (1987), ''Jurassic Park'' (1990), ''Rising Sun'' (1992), ''Disclosure'' (1994), ''The Lost World'' (1995), ''Airframe'' (1996), ''Timeline'' (1999), ''Prey'' (2002), ''State of Fear'' (2004), and ''Next'' (2006). Several novels, in various states of completion, were published after his death in 2008.

Crichton was also involved in the film and television industry. In 1973, he wrote and directed ''Westworld'', the first film to use 2D computer-generated imagery. He also directed ''Coma'' (1978), ''The First Great Train Robbery'' (1978), ''Looker'' (1981), and ''Runaway'' (1984). He was the creator of the television series ''ER'' (1994–2009), and several of his novels were adapted into films, most notably the ''Jurassic Park'' franchise. Provided by Wikipedia
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