Michael Crichton dies of cancer

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  1. Family: Michael Crichton dies of cancer

    sorry if its been posted, didnt see anything, might have gotted losted in politics

    By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer Hillel Italie, Ap National Writer 39 mins ago

    Michael Crichton, the million-selling author of such historic and prehistoric science thrillers as "Jurassic Park," "Timeline" and "The Andromeda Strain," has died of cancer, his family said.

    He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 66 after a long battle with the illness.

    Chrichton was a brand-name author, known for his stories of disaster and systematic breakdown, such as the rampant microbe of "The Andromeda Strain" or dinosaurs running amok in "Jurassic Park," one of his many books that became major Hollywood movies.

    "Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand," his family said in a statement.

    The 6-foot-9-inch author was also a screenwriter and filmmaker, earning producing and writing credits for the film versions of many of his titles. He also created the TV hospital series "ER" in 1994.

    In recent years, he was the rare writer to get on well with President Bush, perhaps because of his skepticism about global warming, which Crichton addressed in the 2004 novel, "State of Favor." Crichton's views were strongly condemned by environmentalists, who alleged that the author was hurting efforts to pass legislation to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.

    A new novel by Crichton had been tentatively scheduled to come next month, but publisher HarperCollins said the book was postponed indefinitely because of his illness.

    "While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, 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," his family said.
     
  2. Sad he didn't get to see series finale of ER.


     
  3. Not my favorite author, but still sad to hear.



    Also, the 2004 novel is "State of Fear" not "State of Favor"
     
  4. Crichton was really an intelligent writer, sux he dead <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>

     
  5. Damn, I really enjoyed his books. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>

    RIP
     
  6. I always enjoyed his books, which makes it all the more bizarre the way he was personally involved in turning a fair few of them into rather rubbish films. Jurassic Park 2 anyone?
     
  7. Was he in Red Dwarf?
     
  8. RIP. An amazing person.
     
  9. I can't wait until the we go extinct and after 65 million years the next race of intelligent beings starts creating clones of us from DNA in mosquitoes which were trapped in sap and then fossilized to amber, because you know the first guy they bring back is going to be Crichton and the irony will be so lost on the future-people, but you know, it'll be pretty funny.
     
  10. Yeah, my sister told me. This year sucks. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
     
  11. wasn't nearly as bad as the third one.
     
  12. Yeah, but to my knowledge he never wrote a 3rd book. The 2nd book I found to be almost better than the first, in many ways. The film chopped out one of the main characters and "forgot" half the story in order to make time for the absolutely awful T-Rex-on-the-loose-in-SF bit that made me start throwing things at the TV. Having read the book I was really, really looking forward to seeing it on film, I don't think I've ever been so disappointed in anything. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>

    RANT
     
  13. Wow thats too bad. His books were pretty interesting and quick, easy reads
     
  14. there was nothing wrong with JP2 and no i didnt read the book because books are for #%$gots
     
  15. I feel bad he died and the movies of his books were pretty entertaining, but good God his actual writing is some of the worst I've ever read. he wrote screen plays and pretended they were novels.
     
  16. yes, John Paul II was pretty awesome <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
     
  17. This would be pretty awesome
     
  18. I think JP2 was worse than JP3.
     
  19. sucks! RIP! I have some of his books
     
  20. JP1 was pretty damn awesome.
     
  21. JP2 had M-Classes, thats awesome.
     
  22. Why?
     
  23. Because he created the show.
     
  24. kinda sad he died of cancer and he was not eaten by a t-Rex. I bet his family is sad about that.
     
  25. don't know the guy, but author of jurassic park? that deserves some respect. rip
     

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