Wednesday, November 5, 2008

RIP Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain. Westworld. Congo. Jurassic Park. ER. This man provided me much entertainment in my younger days, and he was one of the very few people who succeeded as a bestselling author, a film director, and a TV producer. He was a Harvard trained doctor who never practiced medicine, an Emmy and Peabody winner. He may not really have been a Renaissance man, but he was surely close.

His books were written in such a matter-of-fact way, usually tied very close to the present day, that you had to wonder if they factual, if they were true. That's a mark of a superior storyteller. I hope he's enjoying spinning tales in Eternity.

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