VJ Books Presents Author Michael Crichton!
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, October 23, 1942. He died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a courageous and private battle against cancer.
Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, researching public policy with Jacob Bronowski. He taught courses in anthropology at Cambridge University and writing at MIT.
Crichton was a writer and filmmaker, best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. Crichton's first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. You can find a selection of Michael Crichton signed books below this biography.
Crichton's interest in computer modeling went back forty years. His multiple-discriminant analysis of Egyptian crania, carried out on an IBM 7090 computer at Harvard, was published in the Papers of the Peabody Museum in 1966. His feature film Westworld was the first to employ computer-generated special effects back in 1973. Crichton's pioneering use of computer programs for film production earned him a Technical Achievement Academy Award in 1995.
He is survived by his wife Sherri, his daughter Taylor and his son, John Michael.
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Michael Crichton Bibliography
Odds On - 1966 (as John Lange)
- Scratch One - 1967 (as John Lange)
- Easy Go - 1968 (as John Lange ) (also titled as The Last Tomb)
- A Case of Need - 1968 (as Jeffery Hudson) (re-released as Crichton in 1993)
- Zero Coolas John Lange - 1969
- The Andromeda Strain - 1969
- The Venom Business - 1969 (as John Lange)
- Drug of Choice - 1970 (as John Lange (also titled Overkill)
- Dealing - 1970 (as Michael Douglas with brother Douglas Crichton)
- Grave Descend - 1970 (as John Lange)
- Binary - 1972 (as John Lange) (re-released as by Crichton in 1993)
- The Terminal Man - 1972
- The Great Train Robbery - 1975
- Eaters of the Deadalso titled The 13th Warrior - 1976
- Congo - 1980
- Sphere - 1987
- Jurassic Park - 1990
- Rising Sun - 1992
- Disclosure - 1994
- The Lost World - 1995
- Airframe - 1996
- Timeline - 1999
- Prey - 2002
- State of Fear - 2004
- Next - 2006
- Pirate Latitudes - 2009 (posthumous publication)
- Micro - 2011 (posthumous publication, completed by Richard Preston)
- Dragon Teeth - May 2017 (posthumous publication)
Michael Crichton Awards
- Five Patients - 1970
- Jasper Johns - 1977
- Electronic Life - 1983
- Travels - 1988
- Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1968 (“A Case of Need”, written under pseudonym Jeffery Hudson) and 1980 (“The Great Train Robbery”).
- Association of American Medical Writers Award, 1970 (“Five Patients”)
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award, 1995 (“for pioneering computerized motion picture budgeting and scheduling”)
- George Foster Peabody Award (for the TV series "ER”)
- Writer’s Guild of America Award, Best Long Form Television Script of 1995 (for “ER”) Emmy, Best Dramatic Series, 1996 (for “ER”)
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