John Michael Crichton was born on October 23, in Chicago, in 1942. His novels include Next, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. He was also the creator of the television series ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been made into thirteen films and translated in thirty-six languages. He died in 2008.
Aside from being an american best-selling author, producer, director and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide and many have been adapted into films.
Many of his future history novels have medicalor scientific under pinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. He was the author of, among others, The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Congo, Travels, Sphere, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Lost World, Airframe, Timeline, Prey, State of Fear, Next, the final book published before his death, Pirate Latitudes, and a final unfinished techno-thriller, Micro, which was published in November, 2011.
John Michael Crichton was born on 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to John Henderson Crichton, a journalist, and Zula Miller Crichton.
He was raised on Long Island, in Roslyn, New York, and had three siblings: two sisters, Kimberly and Catherine, and a younger brother, Douglas.
Crichton showed a keen interest in writing from a young age and, at the age of 14, had a column related to travel published in The New York Times.
Crichton had always planned on becoming a writer and began his studies at Harvard Collegee.
At different times he used the name Jeffrey Hudson or John Lange and won awards as these authors.
Crichton graduated from Harvard, obtaining an M.D. in 1969, and undertook a post-doctoral fellowship study at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, from 1969 to 1970.
He never obtained a license to practice medicine, devoting himself to his writing career instead.
Reflecting on his career in medicine years later, Crichton concluded that patients too often shunned responsibility for their own health, relying on doctors as miracle workers rather than advisors.
He experimented with astral projection, aura viewing and clairvoyance, coming to believe that these included real phenomena that scientists had too eagerly dismissed as paranormal.
In 1988, Crichton was a visiting writer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 1972, Crichton published two novels, Binary and The Terminal Man.
His novel The Great Train Robbery was later made into a 1979, filmdirected by Crichton himself, starring Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland. The film won many awards.
In 1990, Crichton published the novel Jurassic Park. Crichton’s novel Jurassic Park and its sequels made into films would become a part of popular culture, with related parks established in places as far afield as Kletno, Poland.
Until Tomorrow: Michael Crichton was a genius.