Reading the BBC and CNN tickers just now, turned this into a sad day. Author Michael Crichton passed away today of cancer on Nov 4th.
R.I.P Michael Crichton, your writings live on forever.
I started reading science fiction because of Crichton and Asimov. Both are legends of their own styles of writing, both crossed genres, and have legions of fans. Sadly not many authors these days have their timeless skills and qualities. MC and his contemporaries put the Science in speculative fiction, where and when it mattered most. Of all his books, Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and Sphere were my favorites ever. Its hard to fine brilliant fast paces stories anymore. And all the current ones are written for Hollywood, but MC was different. If you pickup Jurassic Park or The Lost World today, you would know the world of a difference it is from the movies. His early works are very absorbing and even after countless readings you can still learn many new facts. For this reason and many, legends do live forever, and we are so ever grateful for the knowledge they parted.
[+] A dedication from Arv to MC.
[+] MC official site.