Thursday, November 6, 2008

Remembering Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 66.

From Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog:

"There's a line between our awe of science and technology, with all the possibilities they offer us, and our fear of same, that the sense of control they offer is a lethal illusion. Few authors made that line their own as skillfully -- and as profitably -- as Michael Crichton. The author/screenwriter/director, who died Tuesday at age 66, had a knack for finding and exploring hot-button issues in his techno-thrillers -- sexual harassment (Disclosure), epidemiology (The Andromeda Strain), airline safety (Airframe), the importation of Japanese business culture to the U.S. (Rising Sun), nanotechnology (Prey), global warming (State of Fear), and of course, genetic engineering (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Next)."

The rest of the article is an excellent read. Unfortunately, his personal website doesn't appear to have active links but the wikipedia has great information if you want to learn more about him.