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RIP: Michael Crichton

11.05.2008

Author Michael Crichton, whose books inspired movies like JURASSIC PARK, THE LOST WORLD, DISCLOSURE and THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, died late yesterday at his home in Los Angeles after a long and private battle with cancer. In addition to his work as an author, Crichton had a long career in Hollywood writing the scripts for WESTWORLD, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY and TWISTER while also creating the long-running NBC series "ER." Crichton started out his career as a student at Harvard Medical School where he first began writing under the pseudonym John Lange. His books eventually went on to sell over 150 million copies worldwide (many of which were mine when I wanted a quick, cheap read on a long flight). A statement released by his family said, "While the world knew him as a great story teller...family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes." Crichton was 66 years old.

Extra Tidbit: "ER" was originally set to be a film directed by Steven Spielberg.
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5:14PM on 11/08/2008

You will be missed

I am shocked, stumped & heatbroken to hear of the passing of such a great mind in modern literature, production & direction. Michael was a genius who saw tomorrow today.

My sympathy toward his family, friends & fans.

Rest in peace, Michael.
I am shocked, stumped & heatbroken to hear of the passing of such a great mind in modern literature, production & direction. Michael was a genius who saw tomorrow today.

My sympathy toward his family, friends & fans.

Rest in peace, Michael.
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6:39PM on 11/06/2008
I was on holiday last July, one of those lovely cottage ones, and found the Michael Crichton book "Prey" in there, it took me a week to read it, I couldn't put it down.

A brilliant storyteller and one of my favourites. He'll never be forgotten.

RIP Michael Crichton.
I was on holiday last July, one of those lovely cottage ones, and found the Michael Crichton book "Prey" in there, it took me a week to read it, I couldn't put it down.

A brilliant storyteller and one of my favourites. He'll never be forgotten.

RIP Michael Crichton.
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5:08PM on 11/06/2008
Michael Crichton was a great man.
Read his books.
Especially Sphere.
I don't know anyone who took more than two days reading it. It just grabs you and takes you along for a wild ride.

I'll never forget this guy.
Michael Crichton was a great man.
Read his books.
Especially Sphere.
I don't know anyone who took more than two days reading it. It just grabs you and takes you along for a wild ride.

I'll never forget this guy.
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3:47PM on 11/06/2008

='(

Some of the first novels I ever read Were by Crichton. Wow... this new is shockingly sad news. Here's to never forgetting the magic of his writing.

Rest in peace.
Some of the first novels I ever read Were by Crichton. Wow... this new is shockingly sad news. Here's to never forgetting the magic of his writing.

Rest in peace.
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12:31PM on 11/06/2008
I loved Michael Crichton's books, and it's a sad day in the literary world that marks his absence.
I loved Michael Crichton's books, and it's a sad day in the literary world that marks his absence.
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12:15PM on 11/06/2008

Fond Farewell

He and Ken Follet have been my two favorite authors for over 15 years. If you haven't done so, read the Great Train Robbery and check out the film with Sean Connery. Both are a great time.
He and Ken Follet have been my two favorite authors for over 15 years. If you haven't done so, read the Great Train Robbery and check out the film with Sean Connery. Both are a great time.
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11:23AM on 11/06/2008

Terrible

Jurassic Park was the first required reading book in high school I ever got excited about. We had to read it sophomore year and I loved it so much that I read it 2 more times after that. He was a great writer and I agree with Donnie_darko haha..."we have his dna, he'll be back"
Jurassic Park was the first required reading book in high school I ever got excited about. We had to read it sophomore year and I loved it so much that I read it 2 more times after that. He was a great writer and I agree with Donnie_darko haha..."we have his dna, he'll be back"
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9:08AM on 11/06/2008
We've got his DNA, don't worry, he'll be back.

RIP
We've got his DNA, don't worry, he'll be back.

RIP
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4:50AM on 11/06/2008

I'm crying

This man made me what I am today. He inspired my love for writing with the amazing work he's done throughout his career. Rest in peace Michael Crichton, we'll miss you.
This man made me what I am today. He inspired my love for writing with the amazing work he's done throughout his career. Rest in peace Michael Crichton, we'll miss you.
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1:11AM on 11/06/2008
wot will every one be like wen george lucas dies lol
wot will every one be like wen george lucas dies lol
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12:28AM on 11/06/2008

Shocked....

This completely breaks my heart. Michael Crichton is responsible for my love of books. I own every one of his books and have read them each a few times. Timeline was my favorite book for the longest time. It's because of this man that I am always reading a book these days.
This completely breaks my heart. Michael Crichton is responsible for my love of books. I own every one of his books and have read them each a few times. Timeline was my favorite book for the longest time. It's because of this man that I am always reading a book these days.
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11:22PM on 11/05/2008

RIP

He was my favourite author. Jurassic Park is the only book I've ever read more than once, and I've read it 3 times. Might start to read it again, too. If you haven't read it, get it now. It's intellectually enthralling, while at the same time reading it makes you feel as though you're on a vacation to this spectacular island.

Congo, Sphere, Timeline, The Great Train Robbery, Eaters of the Dead... So many excellent books, (most of which were turned into shitty movies). But anyways, RIP
He was my favourite author. Jurassic Park is the only book I've ever read more than once, and I've read it 3 times. Might start to read it again, too. If you haven't read it, get it now. It's intellectually enthralling, while at the same time reading it makes you feel as though you're on a vacation to this spectacular island.

Congo, Sphere, Timeline, The Great Train Robbery, Eaters of the Dead... So many excellent books, (most of which were turned into shitty movies). But anyways, RIP Michael.
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9:51PM on 11/05/2008
This is very sad, indeed. His John Lange books were excellent, 'Binary' and 'Zero Cool' are still in my collection. 'Binary' was made into the TV movie 'Pursuit' that sort of slid under most peoples radar.
'Dealing' was another fun book and movie that he and his brother wrote.
I'll miss his work. Condolences to Mr. Crichton's family.
This is very sad, indeed. His John Lange books were excellent, 'Binary' and 'Zero Cool' are still in my collection. 'Binary' was made into the TV movie 'Pursuit' that sort of slid under most peoples radar.
'Dealing' was another fun book and movie that he and his brother wrote.
I'll miss his work. Condolences to Mr. Crichton's family.
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9:07PM on 11/05/2008
I loved his books. The Jurassic Park books are some of my all time favorites. By far one of my favorite authors, and to think I had no idea he was sick. RIP
I loved his books. The Jurassic Park books are some of my all time favorites. By far one of my favorite authors, and to think I had no idea he was sick. RIP
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8:51PM on 11/05/2008
What the FUCK????
What the FUCK????
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8:43PM on 11/05/2008

We're losing everyone this year

I was completely shocked seeing that headline.. I did not see this coming. Michael was probably my favorite author, right after Dean Koontz. What is creepy/extremely sad is the fact that I was watching the making of JP last night, and saw an interview with him :(
I was completely shocked seeing that headline.. I did not see this coming. Michael was probably my favorite author, right after Dean Koontz. What is creepy/extremely sad is the fact that I was watching the making of JP last night, and saw an interview with him :(
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7:26PM on 11/05/2008
Never expected this coming. Though never read any of his novels, I believe he's a highly imaginative storyteller in his own right. Jurassic Park's already a major proof. So all I can say is: Thank You for the rollercoaster ride.
Never expected this coming. Though never read any of his novels, I believe he's a highly imaginative storyteller in his own right. Jurassic Park's already a major proof. So all I can say is: Thank You for the rollercoaster ride.
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7:13PM on 11/05/2008
I had no idea the man had cancer. Thanks for all the great stories, Michael.
I had no idea the man had cancer. Thanks for all the great stories, Michael.
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5:44PM on 11/05/2008

wha wha what

The man was responsible for some of my favorite reads as a kid. i had no idea he even had cancer. RIP mike.
The man was responsible for some of my favorite reads as a kid. i had no idea he even had cancer. RIP mike.
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5:35PM on 11/05/2008

OMFG!

I absolutely can't believe this. One of my favourite story-tellers... :-(

RIP Mike!
I absolutely can't believe this. One of my favourite story-tellers... :-(

RIP Mike!
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4:58PM on 11/05/2008
Damn, man. That's a shame. Too many good people are dying this year.
Damn, man. That's a shame. Too many good people are dying this year.
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4:45PM on 11/05/2008

He'll be missed

I'm truly sad to hear this and my condolences go out to his family and loved ones. I was avid reader of his work when I was younger. Of course it all started with watching Jurrasic Park in the theaters. Once I found out that the movie was based on a book, I just had to read it.

He will be missed.
I'm truly sad to hear this and my condolences go out to his family and loved ones. I was avid reader of his work when I was younger. Of course it all started with watching Jurrasic Park in the theaters. Once I found out that the movie was based on a book, I just had to read it.

He will be missed.
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4:36PM on 11/05/2008

Very sad!!

Very sad news!! RIP MC.
Very sad news!! RIP MC.
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4:31PM on 11/05/2008

damn...

First Stan Winston, now Michael Crichton. Who's next? John Williams and Steven Spielberg?
First Stan Winston, now Michael Crichton. Who's next? John Williams and Steven Spielberg?
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3:56PM on 11/05/2008
This is a sad news. I really enjoyed the first Jurassic Park when I was a kid and that was one of my favorite movie theater moment. And I enjoy ER very much. RIP - Michael Crichton.
This is a sad news. I really enjoyed the first Jurassic Park when I was a kid and that was one of my favorite movie theater moment. And I enjoy ER very much. RIP - Michael Crichton.
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3:33PM on 11/05/2008
Well this news is a shock. Jurassic Park was my first real movie endeavor. I was three, but it was the first real movie that scared the shit out of me.

I've picked up a few of his books, but now I feel I should look into more of his writings.
Well this news is a shock. Jurassic Park was my first real movie endeavor. I was three, but it was the first real movie that scared the shit out of me.

I've picked up a few of his books, but now I feel I should look into more of his writings.
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3:10PM on 11/05/2008

One great Author...

I wasn't his biggest fan, but the man gave me "Jurassic Park"- the very first movie I ever saw in theaters as a kid and one of the major reasons I loved dinosaurs as a kid. His imagination and creativity is one of the reasons I started reading novels outside of school when I was younger.

Crichton, you were a great man. May your stories live for many generations and continue to inspire imaginations, children’s and adults alike, everywhere. R.I.P.
I wasn't his biggest fan, but the man gave me "Jurassic Park"- the very first movie I ever saw in theaters as a kid and one of the major reasons I loved dinosaurs as a kid. His imagination and creativity is one of the reasons I started reading novels outside of school when I was younger.

Crichton, you were a great man. May your stories live for many generations and continue to inspire imaginations, children’s and adults alike, everywhere. R.I.P.
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3:05PM on 11/05/2008

A great storyteller indeeed

We'll miss you Mike! I was always a fan of your work, especially the Jurassic Park saga. Rest in peace man!
We'll miss you Mike! I was always a fan of your work, especially the Jurassic Park saga. Rest in peace man!
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