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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Michael Crichton R.I.P...

MICHEAL CRICHTON 1942 - 2008
RIP

It is with my deepest sadness and regret that I type this news; Michael Crichton the million-selling author who made scientific research terrifying and irresistible in such thrillers as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," passed away on Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 66 after privately battling cancer. I got a text from my Mum this evening asking if I knew as she knew I'd be gutted... I can't believe I didn't hear elsewhere!

Anyone who knows me is aware of how huge a Michael Crichton fan I am. I own, and have read, every single one of Michael's novels starting with Jurassic Park before the movie came out and then following up with his extensive back catalogue and excellent newer books. Waiting for his next masterpiece has been a lesson in extended patience for me for a large part of my life and it will be a great loss to the literary world now he's gone. I almost failed my GCSE's because I read "Sphere" instead of studied and Timeline is one of my favourite books of all time, his stories always enthralled me more than any other author. It's a shame that none of the movie adaptations quite lived up to his novels (maybe Jurassic Park, but that movie was pretty far removed from the original book) and it is a testament to his popularity and skill that almost every single novel made it to the silver screen.

It's only been a few months since the comic world lost Michael Turner to cancer (pictured below) so now we have to say goodbye to another pioneer of of the 21st Century.



Thank you for your work Michael Chrichton, rest in peace, your number one fan.

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