Celebrating Michael Crichton | Author Focus
By Rebecca Reed
Michael Crichton has to be one of the most popular American authors of this modern era. With his books selling over 200 million copies worldwide and with many being adapted into movies, many generations have seen his work in some way. We are celebrating this brilliant author’s birth date today and are getting ready to curl up with Jurassic Park and the not so cuddly dinosaurs.
John Michael Crichton was born on the 23rd October 1942 and is best known for his science fiction, thriller and medical fiction genres. As well as being a bestselling author, he was also a screenwriter, film director and producer and also enrolled at Harvard Medical School when he began publishing his work Crichton never got a license to practice medicine because he became so devoted to his writing. He sadly passed away at the age of 66 in 2008 after a brief battle with cancer.
His hit books feature “The Andromeda Strain“, “Jurassic Park“, “State of Fear” and “The Lost World“, all of which have made him a formidable force in the science fiction world. His published screenplays remain as two of the most well-known films that many have loved; Westworld (1975) and Twister (1996).
“Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we’re a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that’s our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the decks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.”
― Michael Crichton,
So to the writer, filmmaker, doctor, programmer, teacher and adventurer, we want to wish you a happy birthday and we will celebrate with some film watching, and reading tonight!