History Creator / MichaelCrichton

2nd Aug '17 2:13:21 PM LB7979
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As a young man, Crichton wrote trashy spy novels under the name John Lange to pay for medical school. However, after a more serious effort written under a new alias, called ''A Case of Need'' -- a murder mystery which featured an in-depth analysis of the issue of abortion -- received widespread attention and won him an Edgar Award, Crichton decided to focus on writing rather than medicine.

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As a young man, Crichton wrote trashy spy novels under the name John Lange to pay for medical school. However, after a more serious effort written under a new alias, called ''A Case of Need'' -- a murder mystery which featured an in-depth analysis of the issue of abortion -- received widespread attention and won him an Edgar Award, Crichton decided to focus on writing rather than medicine.
2nd Aug '17 2:10:50 PM LB7979
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* DecoyProtagonist: His books' first one or two chapters often follow a person, only to then switch to and introduce the ''real'' protagonists. Usually because they are killed or harmed (i.e. in Literature/TheAndromedaStrain, the protagonists of the 1st chapter quickly die; in Literature/JurassicPark they are attacked by dinosaurs).
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Rich men developing new technology often results in this: Hammond's dinosaur park goes horribly wrong in Literature/JurassicPark when the dinosaurs break loose and even escape the island; the time travelling to the middle ages in Timeline also results in a disaster for all involved [[spoiler:(well, except for [[BornInTheWrongCentury Marek]])]].
2nd Aug '17 1:55:17 PM LB7979
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* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Frequently happens to the villains, or by well-meaning but reckless characters.

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* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Frequently happens to the villains, or by to well-meaning but reckless characters.
2nd Jun '17 4:38:15 PM Kalaong
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His Protection thus restored, he wrote the most controversial novel of his career, the GlobalWarming-denial ''Literature/StateOfFear'', which [[BrokenBase severely divided his fan base]]. The controversy over this novel continues to this day.

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His Protection thus restored, he wrote the most controversial novel of his career, the GlobalWarming-denial GlobalWarming-critique ''Literature/StateOfFear'', which [[BrokenBase severely divided his fan base]]. The controversy over this novel continues to this day.
25th Apr '17 9:15:38 PM jormis29
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** ''Literature/TheLostWorld'': Malcolm's daughter does cheerleading. She uses these skills to defeat a dinosaur.

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** ''Literature/TheLostWorld'': ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1995}}'': Malcolm's daughter does cheerleading. She uses these skills to defeat a dinosaur.
21st Apr '17 5:36:29 AM erforce
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* ''Literature/{{Airframe}}''
* ''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain''
* ''Literature/{{Binary}}''
* ''Literature/ACaseOfNeed''
* ''Literature/{{Congo}}''
* ''Literature/{{Disclosure}}''
* ''Literature/DrugOfChoice''
* ''Literature/EatersOfTheDead''
* ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery''
* ''Literature/JurassicPark''
** ''Literature/TheLostWorld1995''
* ''Literature/{{Micro}}''
* ''Literature/{{Next}}''
* ''Literature/PirateLatitudes''
* ''Literature/{{Prey}}''
* ''Literature/RisingSun''
* ''Literature/{{Sphere}}''
* ''Literature/StateOfFear''
* ''Literature/TheTerminalMan''
* ''Literature/{{Timeline}}''

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* ''Literature/{{Airframe}}''
''Literature/ACaseOfNeed'' (1968)
* ''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain''
''Literature/TheAndromedaStrain'' (1969)
* ''Literature/{{Binary}}''
''Literature/DrugOfChoice'' (1970)
* ''Literature/ACaseOfNeed''
''Literature/{{Binary}}'' (1972)
* ''Literature/{{Congo}}''
''Literature/TheTerminalMan'' (1972)
* ''Literature/{{Disclosure}}''
''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' (1975)
* ''Literature/DrugOfChoice''
''[[Literature/EatersOfTheDead Eaters of the Dead]]'' (1976)
* ''Literature/EatersOfTheDead''
''Literature/{{Congo}}'' (1980)
* ''Literature/TheGreatTrainRobbery''
''Literature/{{Sphere}}'' (1987)
* ''Literature/JurassicPark''
** ''Literature/TheLostWorld1995''
''Literature/JurassicPark'' (1990)
* ''Literature/{{Micro}}''
''Literature/RisingSun'' (1992)
* ''Literature/{{Next}}''
''Literature/{{Disclosure}}'' (1994)
* ''Literature/PirateLatitudes''
''[[Literature/TheLostWorld1995 The Lost World]]'' (1995)
* ''Literature/{{Prey}}''
''Literature/{{Airframe}}'' (1996)
* ''Literature/RisingSun''
''Literature/{{Timeline}}'' (1999)
* ''Literature/{{Sphere}}''
''Literature/{{Prey}}'' (2002)
* ''Literature/StateOfFear''
''Literature/StateOfFear'' (2004)
* ''Literature/TheTerminalMan''
''Literature/{{Next}}'' (2006)
* ''Literature/{{Timeline}}''''Literature/PirateLatitudes'' (2009)
* ''Literature/{{Micro}}'' (2011)
10th Apr '17 10:12:42 AM LB7979
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* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Frequently happens to the villains, or by well-meaning but reckless characters.
** ''Literature/JurassicPark'': [[spoiler:John Hammond, the owner / inventor of the titular park, is killed by his own dinosaurs he created]]. In the book at least - the movie changed the character's nature and motivation, and his fate at the end.
** ''Literature/{{Micro}}'': [[spoiler:Nanogen CEO Vincent Drake is killed by his own microbots]].
5th Apr '17 2:45:03 AM LB7979
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!!His works contain examples of:
* ActionGirl: In most of his works there's a woman in the band of protagonists who really can kick ass, to the point that she has a skill that ends up being critical to saving others.
** ''Literature/{{Micro}}'': Karen is fully trained in martial arts, plus has extensive knowledge of weapons. When the main characters are turned into micro-humans, she's the best fighter in the situations they get in where they have to survive - better than the men.
** ''Literature/{{Timeline}}'': Kate is an avid rock climber, a skill which turns out to save the characters when they are in the Middle Ages.
** ''Literature/TheLostWorld'': Malcolm's daughter does cheerleading. She uses these skills to defeat a dinosaur.
* AssholeVictim: There's usually one character (either the outright BigBad, or a minor (but crucial to the story) character who's betraying both the bad and good guys) that is a complete jerk with no redeeming qualities - and they usually get a CruelAndUnusualDeath.
* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Most of his books start with a band of 6 to 8 "good" people, and only about 2 of them survive until the end. And make no mistake, "bad" guys drop like flies too.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: ''How'' [[CharactersDroppingLikeFlies the characters drop like flies]] is described in gruesome detail, and it's nasty.
30th Nov '16 9:13:06 PM Xtifr
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'''John Michael Crichton, M.D.''' (October 23, 1942 November 4, 2008) was a bestselling American writer, most commonly working in the science fiction genre. He is known for his [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness extremely technical]] writing style which [[ShownTheirWork openly favored scientific detail over character development]] and could be somewhat formulaic. The overall thrust of his books was the threat posed by [[ForScience blundering scientists who toyed with nature]]. Toward the end of his life, his stories were becoming more political and thus controversial.

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'''John John Michael Crichton, M.D.''' (October 23, 1942 November 4, 2008) was a bestselling American writer, most commonly working in the science fiction genre. He is known for his [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness extremely technical]] writing style which [[ShownTheirWork openly favored scientific detail over character development]] and could be somewhat formulaic. The overall thrust of his books was the threat posed by [[ForScience blundering scientists who toyed with nature]]. Toward the end of his life, his stories were becoming more political and thus controversial.
25th Sep '16 10:35:50 AM jaimeastorga2000
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His works often expressed a cynical view of corporate America and the scientific community. Many credited him with inventing the techno-thriller, although he himself acknowledged precursors such as CreatothreeJulesVerne, Creator/HGWells and Creator/ArthurConanDoyle.

As a young man, Crichton wrote trashy spy novels under the name John Lange to pay for medical school. However, after a more serious effort written under a new alias, called ''A Case of Need'' -- a murder mystery which featured an in-depth analysis of the issue of abortion -- received widespread attention and won him an EdgarAward, Crichton decided to focus on writing rather than medicine.

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His works often expressed a cynical view of corporate America and the scientific community. Many credited him with inventing the techno-thriller, although he himself acknowledged precursors such as CreatothreeJulesVerne, Creator/JulesVerne, Creator/HGWells and Creator/ArthurConanDoyle.

As a young man, Crichton wrote trashy spy novels under the name John Lange to pay for medical school. However, after a more serious effort written under a new alias, called ''A Case of Need'' -- a murder mystery which featured an in-depth analysis of the issue of abortion -- received widespread attention and won him an EdgarAward, Edgar Award, Crichton decided to focus on writing rather than medicine.
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