"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.