Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Readers of the Dead (or "Michael Crichton: The Terminal Man")

Michael Crichton

1942 - 2008

For those of you who aren't familiar with the work of the now-deceased author, Michael Crichton, here's a little bit of what you missed.

He wrote the novels that were made into great movies like Jurassic Park (1993) and Disclosure (1994) - and terrible movies like Sphere (1998) and Congo (1995).

He also is credited as the creator of the long-running hospital drama, "E.R.".

And although the scientific brilliance of the concept behind the story of Jurassic Park inspired me to become a filmmaker,
I'm hard-pressed to not call The Andromeda Strain my favorite film adaptation from one of Crichton's books (- and this does not include the recent TV miniseries).

Anyway, while posing thoughtfully for a photo in the jungle in his mind on Tuesday, Crichton was ironically and poetically eaten by one of his dinosaur creations from his novel (not Jurassic Park... it was actually the T-Rex from The Lost World... but I couldn't tell you the difference). I think that's what happened. It was either that or cancer.  Either way, he will be missed.

Thanks for the words, Mr. Crichton.

1 comment:

Morgan said...

I read about this, sad stuff. Good author.