Thursday, November 6, 2008
Michael Crichton - R.I.P.
The Andromeda Strain, Westworld, Runaway, Coma, Jurassic Park, Twister, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Great Train Robbery, Timeline, State of Fear, ER, the tv series. Do these look familiar?
Of course they do. They are all literary works or product of Michael Crichton's brilliance. Sadly, we will never again see anything new from this million-selling author, this great and inspiring storyteller, as he died of cancer on November 4, 2008. He was 66.
Some excerpts here from Toronto Star:
"Michael's talent out-scaled even his own dinosaurs of Jurassic Park," said Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg, a friend of Crichton's for 40 years.
"He was the greatest at blending science with big theatrical concepts, which is what gave credibility to dinosaurs again walking the Earth. . . . Michael was a gentle soul who reserved his flamboyant side for his novels. There is no one in the wings that will ever take his place."
John Wells, executive producer of ER called the author "an extraordinary man. Brilliant, funny, erudite, gracious, exceptionally inquisitive and always thoughtful.
"No lunch with Michael lasted less than three hours and no subject was too prosaic or obscure to attract his interest. Sexual politics, medical and scientific ethics, anthropology, archaeology, economics, astronomy, astrology, quantum physics, and molecular biology were all regular topics of conversation."
...for full story, read...Author Michael Crichton dies of cancer
Here is another wonderful tribute - written by Rob Griffiths of Macworld. It choked me up. Remembering Michael Crichton
Rest in peace, Dr Michael Crichton..
Picture source: Toronto Star