From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

Michael Crichton 1942 – 2008

We at Fantasy Magazine we saddened by yesterday’s news that genre author Michael Crichton died after a long battle with cancer. He was a man of many talents — not only an author, but a director, producer, and medical doctor. Many of his books were about scientists trying to make a better world but accidentally destroying it.

He was sometimes accused of being anti-science, most recently due to the ideas he wrote into his 2004 novel State of Fear, which challenged claims of the dangers of global warming. Though some accused him of fostering distrust of scientists with his popular fiction, my exposure to his ideas made me think that science can do awesome things. Sure, if you recreate dinosaurs from amberized DNA they might eat you. But if you can keep that from happening: dinosaur! That’s completely awesome.

His top five books are: Jurassic Park (my favorite), The Lost World, The Andromeda Strain, A Case of Need, and State of Fear. Of the movie adaptations, my favorites are Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain (1971). What are your favorite Michael Crichton books and movies?

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