The Michael Crichton story ideas that actually came true


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By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that Michael Crichton is dead.   Although some of his books were terrible (“The Terminal Man” is the worst book I have ever read), some of his other ones were fantastic, such as “Jurassic Park” and “The Andromeda Strain”.   To think we will never see a new book with “Michael Crichton” on the cover is just incomprehensible to me right now.

But what we perhaps don’t fully realize is that some of what Crichton talked about in his books has already actually happened in some shape or form.   OK, we haven’t had dinosaur parks by eccentric millionaires yet but how about cloning dead or extinct animals? We haven’t had a nasty fatal disease like the Andromeda Strain either but how about antibiotic resistant superbugs?

His stories might have been considered crazy when they were published but posterity will probably consider him right in the end.







One Response to The Michael Crichton story ideas that actually came true

  1. Dear Mark O'Neill,
    I agree with you on several points in your article. It IS DIFFICULT to reconcile oneself to the fact that Michael Crichton passed away: I for one considered him to be young still, as well as somehow still living. And I do agree that some of the material he produced was not terribly interesting, though all of his work was brilliantly done. I read the pseudonymous "A Case Of Need" not too long ago, which he published under the name Jeffrey Hudson while he was attending medical school. "Airframe" is a thorough study of the workings of a jumbo passenger jet, and is quite a study in fear and courage. "The Great Train Robbery" is astounding, in that Crichton mastered Cockney and seemed to know London as though he lived there.
    There are few authors that write thrillers and can teach simultaneously. Certainly, Crichton did that. I agree: he was unnaturally talented and will be missed.
    Eric Wik