A huge hit to the literary world; esteemed author Michael Crichton has passed away due to a battle with cancer at the moderately young age of 66. Crichton was the author of many best sellers, notably The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and many of his novels went on to be box office hits.
“Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a courageous and private battle against cancer,” said a statement posted on the author’s website.
Crichton wrote numerous blockbusters, some of which sold over 100 million copies, and which were translated in 30 languages worldwide. He also created the international hit television hospital drama series “E.R.”, screened around the world.
“The Andromeda Strain,” which catapulted him to Hollywood fame after it was published in 1969, told the story of US scientists battling an alien virus that lands in New Mexico from outer space and drives humans to bizarre and grisly deaths.
In “Jurassic Park,” made into a blockbuster 1993 movie, Crichton’s human characters were chased around by rampaging dinosaurs created genetically on an island run by an ambitious scientist.
“The world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us – and entertained us all while doing so,” the family statement said.
Personally, I can say that he was one of the only authors that got me excited to read when I was younger.