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    Author Michael Crichton Has 'Died Unexpectedly'

    http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/11/67369/

    Prolific novelist and "ER" creator Michael Crichton has passed away. He was 66.

    Perhaps best known for being the author of Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, which were turned into a hugely successful movie franchise, his numerous books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide.

    In what his family calls an unexpected death, it was revealed that he was waging a private battle against cancer.

    "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 tells ET. "He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."

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    Wow, that's too bad. I really liked his books.

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    I was really surprised when I read that today.

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    HOLY CRAP?!

    I just hears an interview with him on NPR a few days ago. What a brilliant mind.

    You'll be missed, Mr. Chrichton.
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    I think he succumbed to Global Warming.




    Sorry. Bad joke. He was a talented author, and will be missed for that..
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    Wow, that sucks. I read Jurassic Park as a kid (and again around when the movie came out), and then read pretty much every other book he'd written up until that point. Enjoyable stuff.

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    Talented author, not a very good scientist. I liked several of his books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    I think he succumbed to Global Warming.




    Sorry. Bad joke. He was a talented author, and will be missed for that..
    Really? I thought it might have been the Andromeda Strain.

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    The world is definitely worse off without him. He made some great works.

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    I enjoyed most of his books. Cancer sucks. RIP Mr. Chrichton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Cancer sucks.
    Indeed.

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    That sucks. I've read and enjoyed many of his books. RIP
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    That's quite a disappointment. From the fact that no one seemed to know about his cancer until now, I hope he was successfully able to enjoy the last era of his life privately. Rest in peace.

    His writings tended to follow a predictable structure, but he had a masterful way of telling each story and making it feel new and suspenseful. He was perhaps the scifi author of this generation.
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    First Vonnegut, then Crichton.

    I wish they could both keep writing forever. What incredible authors...
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    Do the Jurassic Park on him!
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    This morning I found out about Crichton, and that Jimmy Carl Black died the other day also. Stupid day...

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    I'm also sad to see Mr Crichton go, but really....


    Is there any such thing as an expected death?
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    Is there any such thing as an expected death?
    I was trying to figure that one out. If you have terminal cancer, isn't it pretty much expected that's what is going to kill you? Maybe he stepped on a landmine or something. Nobody ever really expects a landmine.

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    Wow, this is sad news; I liked a number of his books: Prey, Airframe, Timeline, Sphere and State of Fear. It's funny that everyone talks about Jurassic Park, but I never read it. I found his books easy to read and had some interesting spins on technology. The "clouds" of intelligent nanobots that would eat their "Prey" were some of the more interesting entities.

    Regardless if you're a fan of views supporting or contrary to global climate change, "State of Fear" is a good read and a lot of fun to pick out the special interest groups.

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    I'll bet Michael died with the most toys, thereby winning. He was awfully rich.

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    I freaking loved his stuff.

    I have a number of first editions of his books (Andromeda Strain, Congo, The Terminal Man). I think they are some of the greatest novels ever written.
    Ten tenths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
    I have a number of first editions of his books (Andromeda Strain, Congo, The Terminal Man). I think they are some of the greatest novels ever written.
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    I never read authors who have unphonetic names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kila kila kila View Post
    I was trying to figure that one out. If you have terminal cancer, isn't it pretty much expected that's what is going to kill you? Maybe he stepped on a landmine or something. Nobody ever really expects a landmine.
    Or the Spanish Inquisition.

    The Andromeda Strain was one of the first books I read that wasn't written for kids or teens. He was a great story teller.

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    RIP... I was not the biggest fan of his books, but I found them enjoyable and a worthwhile read. He will be missed.
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