Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Michael Crichton, Best-Selling Author of Jurassic Park, Dead at 66

"Companions whom I loved, and still do love, ... Tell them, my song."
-- Michael Crichton, Timeline

Best-selling author Michael Crichton has passed away at the age of 66 after a private battle with cancer.

I am immensely saddened by this. Jurassic Park was the first "grown-up" book I ever read, and I devoured Michael Crichton's body of work as a teenager. To say he was one of my favorite authors somehow seems inadequate. He was, of course, but he was so much more than that. He was one of those extraordinary writers who truly inspired me. I sat up a little straighter in every science class I ever took because of his books.

The statement released by his family succinctly sums up my thoughts:

"He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world."

Thank you, Mr. Crichton.


  1. My son called to tell me this and it made me so sad. Michael Crichton is the one author everyone in my family likes.

  2. Oh, my gosh, I hadn't heard about this. I've read all of Crichton's books. I might've loved some more than others (Jurassic Park is a particular favorite), but I've always been able to at least appreciate the cleverness of each of his works. He was always so thorough and able to make the impossible seem completely plausible.

  3. I like that he wrote about really different subject matter while also weaving in commentaries on things like the modern day media. He had an interesting mind.

  4. Oh MY! I never knew about this. I have not read his books - but seen Jurassic Park - and I can't think i can read the book - it scares me.
    He will be remembered and he is highly regarded in my heart!
    May his soul rest in Peace,

  5. Oh, my gosh I can't believe this.When I first read your blog I did a double take. I am in shock. The first time I heard of him was when I took my son who is 18 to see it when he was 4. Then I read a few more. I hope I don't have it wrong, but I think he was either a writer or creator of ER!! what a shame to die of cancer. He isn't too old.
    What a loss, people are going to miss him...

  6. This is the first I have heard of this. I read most of his books as a teenager, and I always loved the detail that went into them. How sad.

  7. I just read this on another blog. I don't watch the news. Normally Steve, hubby, sends me highlights, but he's been busy lately. He's a favorite and I will miss his books.

  8. Sad news indeed. You'll never believe this, but I became a molecular biologist largely because of how excited I got reading Jurassic Park as a kid. He was a pretty amazing writer.