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Author Michael Crichton 1942-2008

Michael Crichton, who wrote the best-sellers “Jurassic Park,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “Sphere,” and “Rising Sundied of cancer in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 4. He was 66 years old. Crichton directed several other films, including “Westworld” (1973), “Coma” (1978), “Looker” (1981), and “Runaway” (1984). Crichton was a medical doctor and was attracted to cautionary novels about science. He published “The Andromeda Strain” while still a medical student at Harvard Medical School.

Crichton was also controversial, with his skepticism of global climate change. He won an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writers Guild of America Award (for “ER“).

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