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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Post #2: RIP Michael Crichton

I just learned that Michael Crichton died today. He was one of the first SF authors I read. The book was The Andromeda Strain. The story was scary and it made me think about alternative worlds and unseen things besides the ghoulies and myths that my culture preferred. Crichton was, of course, made famous by Jurassic Park and writing the book that inspired E.R., the groundbreaking TV show.

In writecraft, I learned from him that you can take a piece of scientific reality and twist it into something unbelievable but plausible, such as dinasaurs being bred on an island in modern times. His stories influenced and gave me the courage to play with the quantum concepts of virtual entanglement and "spooky" action in relation to the fated-mate romance trope. There was just enough of a "why not" attitude in his style that appealed to my imagination.

So farewell and rest in peace, Mr. Crichton. Thanks for the great reads.



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6 comments:

Charlotte said...

Oh, I liked his books too. Loved Andromeda and of course, Jurassik. He wrote very good action SF!

Sarah said...

It was that innate ability he had to make it seem possible and real. I read loads of his stuff in the early/mid 90's and think he was a totally class act. I used to sneak into the break room when I came to work early and devour his books. Clever, clever man and it is such a sad passing.

Gennita said...

Sarah,
I've never met him and just found out that he was six feet nine. That would have been quite a sight at a booksigning ;-).

Mo said...

Truly a sad day for the writing world. The first book I ever read by him was Terminal Man and I figured out what was going wrong before the characters. I felt so smart. LOL The Andromeda Strain was great and I loved it equally. Jurassic Park is a classic and I read it as much for insights into chaos theory as for the storyline, especially since they were so intertwined. It was truly so much better than the movie. He will truly be missed.

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a very sad day...thanks for all and RIP Mike

LadyZannah said...

Oh no! He was one of my favorites. Had me looking under the bed for stray Raptors lurking there. This is a bummer.

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