I wanted to take a minute to pay tribute to Michael Crichton, who passed away at age 66. His death was passed with little ceremony, as a historical election for the USA took precedent. I have a soft spot in my heart for him, partly because I know we are related somehow (due to the shared family name), and mainly because I love how he writes such great stories, that are actual possibilities of what may happen if we are not more careful with our scientific advances. I am not going to go on any rant here. I just wanted to make note of this, and express my gratitude for the many hours of intelligent entertainment he has provided us with. His contributions will not be forgotten.
I also want to suggest his novel Next to anyone who has any concern about genetic testing and how far is too far. (Yes, everyone knows my favourite movie is GATTACA for this reason). Michael also has a very nice notes section and bibliography to provide more insight on the topics he covers in the book.
Here is a very interesting hour discussion with him about the topics he covers in Next, scary stuff:
His website has a well-written statement on it about his death:
Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a courageous and private battle against cancer.
While 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 — 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. He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.
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.
He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world.
Michael’s family respectfully asks for privacy during this difficult time.
A private memorial service is expected, but no further details will be released to the public.