A Farewell to Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton passed away yesterday at age 66 after a “courageous and private battle against cancer,” according to his public relations firm’s news release. When I heard the news, I was completely surprised, as I hadn’t even known that he was sick. This comes as depressing news, for I greatly enjoyed many of Crichton’s novels (Timeline, Jurassic Park, Eaters of the Dead), and he will always be one of my favorite authors, with Timeline topping the list.

Crichton helped create the television series “ER,” and many of his novels were turned into films (Sphere, Jurassic Park, Timeline, The 13th Warrior). His first best-selling novel was the Andromeda Strain, published while he was still a student at Harvard Medical School.

So I would like to wish a grand farewell to one of the great modern authors of our age.

I’m reminded — as I close this post — of the last chapter of Timeline when the main characters are standing over the grave of one of their friends, reflecting on his life and wishing him farewell, and I feel those words are only fitting to serve the author in his passing:

The wind whined. A few leaves blew, scraping across the floor. The air was damp and cold. They stood silently.

“I wonder if he thought of us,” Chris said, looking at the stone face. “I wonder if he ever missed us.”

“Of course he did,” the Professor said. “Don’t you miss him?”

Chris nodded. Kate sniffled, and blew her nose.

“I do,” Johnston said.

They went back outside. They walked down the hill to the car. By now the rain had entirely stopped, but the clouds remained dark and heavy, hanging low over the distant hills.

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My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine, Health.com., and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

4 thoughts on “A Farewell to Michael Crichton”

  1. Good post. He will definitely be missed. I have to agree that Timeline is my favorite Crichton book, with Prey probably coming in second.

  2. I agree. I was very surprised by the news. I’ve read just about everything Michael Crichton wrote, and although I had some problems with his last two or three books, he wrote many classics in the genre. I’m just finishing a re-read of Eaters of the Dead now, in memoriam.

  3. Loved Eaters of the Dead. One of my favorites, and one that is often overlooked. Granted, it’s a re-telling of Beowulf, but I felt Crichton had a unique approach to the story.

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