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Michael Crichton was an American author, screenwriter, and film director best known for creating ER and authoring Jurassic Park.

Born in Chicago, Crichton graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College before later receiving a MD from Harvard Medical School. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

The Andromeda Strain, which was Crichton’s first bestseller, was published while he was still in medical student.

His books, which have been translated into 38 languages, have sold over 200 million copies worldwide; with 13 of the books being adapted into films.

He died of lymphoma on November 4, 2008 at the age 66.

MICRO, Michael Crichton’s posthumous novel, was released on November 22, 2011.

More about Michael Crichton

Genre: Fantasy / SF

Born: 1942 / Died: 2008


Non Series

  • The Andromeda Strain (1969)
  • Micro (2011)
  • Prey (2002)
  • Airframe (1996)
  • Timeline (1999)
  • State of Fear (2004)
  • Next (2006)
  • Pirate Latitudes (2009)
  • Dragon Teeth (2017)
  • The Terminal Man (1969)
  • The Great Train Robbery (1975)
  • Eaters of the Dead (1976)
  • Congo (1980)
  • Sphere (1987)
  • Rising Sun (1992)
  • Disclosure (1994)

Jurassic Park Series

  1. Jurassic Park (1990)
  2. The Lost World (1995)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Andromeda Strain

The United States government receives a stern warning from the most distinguished biophysicists in the country, cautioning on how the current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may not be sufficient enough to prevent any contaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

When seventeen satellites are sent into outer space two years later for the sole purpose of “collecting organisms and dust for research works,” one of them ends up falling to earth; landing in an isolated part of Arizona.

A horrific discovery is made in the town of Piedmont, just twelve miles from the landing site. On the streets are bodies upon bodies of the inhabitants of the town. It’s almost as though they simply dropped dead.

This is just the beginning of the terror…

Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1969
ISBN: 978-1101974490
Publisher: Vintage

A group of graduate students who agree to move to Hawaii to work for a strange biotech company are surprised to find themselves isolated in the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific prowess to protect them.

Typical of Michael Crichton, Micro is an instant hit that sees the collision of nature and technology; creating an outstanding artistry that will not only pulsate but also entertain.

Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0062227188
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Somewhere in the Nevada desert, in a vast area surrounded by nothing but cactus and coyotes, the Xymos Corporation has built an ultramodern fabrication plant.

Eight people are trapped inside as a self-reproductive army of predatory molecules quickly grows outside the plant.

The molecules come together to create an intelligent yet brutally violent organism.

It looks to prey on the eight trapped scientists who must use their combined brilliance to stop the swarm before it is too late…

Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0062227201
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

“Socal Approach, this is TransPacific 545. We have an emergency.”

The twin jet plane from Hong Kong to Denver was only a green radar blip half an hour off the California coast when the call to air traffic control was made.

The pilot requests immediate clearance to land before shockingly suggesting that he needs forty ambulances on the runway.

The rescue workers however aren’t prepared for the grim sight that waits them in the plane.

Ninety-four passengers have sustained various injuries, while three fatalities on board.

The interior cabin is practically destroyed.

What exactly happened on board Flight TPA 545?

Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1996
ISBN: 978-0345526779
Publisher: Ballantine Books

A man strangely wanders in an Arizona desert as he utters words that can’t seem to make any sense.

He ends up dead less than twenty-four hours later and his body is quickly cremated by his only known associates.

Meanwhile, archaeologists make a distressing discovery at a medieval site halfway across the planet. They are soon taken to the nerve center of a secretive multinational corporation that has incredible technology.

With that, they are able to use technology so advanced that they don’t just get to study the past, but actually live it!

But with the past opening up to the present, and the dead awakened to the living, these men and women have no option but to fight for their own lives…six hundred years ago.

Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Neal McDonough, Matt Craven, Ethan Embry, Michael Sheen, Lambert Wilson, Marton Csokas, Rossif Sutherland
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0345468260
Publisher: Ballantine Books
State of Fear

In Paris, a physicist dies immediately after conducting a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor.

Deep in the Malaysian jungles, a peculiar client buys deadly cavitation technology; one carefully designed to his specifications.

In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters off New Guinea.

In Tokyo, an intelligence agent struggles to understand what it all means.

From the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deep jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the beautiful streets of the French capital to the coast of Los Angeles, State of Fear is another one of Michael Crichton's technothrillers that harmoniously blends scientific facts and fiction.

Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0062227218
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

“Welcome to our genetic world. This is not the world of the future --- it's the world right now.”

Does your loved one have some body parts missing?

Are blondes on the verge of extinction?

Does everyone at your dinner table belong to the same species?

Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes. Could that explain why an adult human being strikingly resembles a chimp fetus? Should that be a cause for concern?

We live in an age of great scientific innovations. A time where selling our eggs and sperm online, in exchange for thousands of dollars, is as easy as can be: a time when you could quite nimbly frame someone for a genetic crime.

In this time and age, an innocent family can be easily be pursued across the country simply because they have valuable genes within their chromosomes.

This book will undoubtedly your sense of reality and underlying beliefs on morality.

Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0062227195
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Pirate Latitudes

The year is 1665. The island of Jamaica is a scratchy outpost of the English crown, and a minor colony that has managed to withstand the extensive control of the Spanish empire.

The island’s capital, Port Royal, is a fierce and intense town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses; in stark contrast to London′s splendor.

For one Captain Charles Hunter however, it’s a place that can lead to extensive riches, if only he abides by the island′s code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is one that needs to be taken.

Assembling a brutish group, he infiltrates the highly guarded enemy territory to steal the Spanish treasure.

Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0062428875
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Dragon Teeth

The year is 1876. Conflicting Indian tribes still occupy much of the western part of America during the same time when the unruly gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape.

William Johnson is a rude and entitled Yale student who has more privilege than sense.

Purposive to spend his entire summer in the west in order to win a bet placed against his arch-rival, William joins celebrated paleontologist, Othniel Charles Marsh, on his latest expedition.

Marsh, who is overly secretive and suspicious, however ends up deserting William in Cheyenne, Wyoming; convinced that he is a planted mole spying on behalf of his arch rival, Edwin Drinker Cope.

Not left with plenty of options, William joins forces with Cope and soon comes across an incredible discovery.

The newly found treasure will however bring with it a host of challenges that will test his resilience to the core.

Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062473387
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Terminal Man

Harry Benson is a man under tight police guard after attacking two people due to his unmanageable seizures and wildly violent nature.

Dr. Roger McPherson, head of the reputable Neuropsychiatric Research Unit at University Hospital in Los Angeles, believes that a delicate procedure called Stage Three can help cure Benson.

The treatment involves using highly specialized experimental surgery where electrodes are placed in the patient's brain, in order to send controlled, calming pulses to its pleasure canyons.

The operation seemingly looks like a success, until Benson suddenly learns how to manipulate and increase the frequency of the pulses.

When Harry Benson escapes into the city, there is no telling the limit of his murderous rampage.

The Terminal Man
Director: Mike Hodges
Cast: George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard A. Dysart, Donald Moffat, Michael C. Gwynne, William Hansen, Jill Clayburgh
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1969
ISBN: 978-0804171298
Publisher: Vintage
The Great Train Robbery

In Victorian London, where the affluent and those wallowing in abject poverty live side by side, the charmingly cunning Edward Pierce shrewdly masterminds the crime of the century.

Who would ever suspect that a gentleman so polished and refined could orchestrate the audacious theft of a fortune in gold?

Who could have thought of the ramification that come with such a bold act of theft, more so on the great steam locomotive; the pride of England’s industrial era.

Based on fact, yet full of all the suspense and style of a modern fiction, this book, set a decade before the age of dynamite, is as explosive as can be!

The First Great Train Robbery
Director: Michael Crichton
Cast: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1975
ISBN: 978-0804171281
Publisher: Vintage
Eaters of the Dead

The year is 922 A.D. Ibn Fadlan, an Arab courtier, is accompanying a group of Viking warriors back to their home.

Saying that he is utterly dismayed by their customs would be an understatement. He is horrified by the gratuitous sexuality of their women, their untidy nature and cold-blooded sacrifices.

As they make their way through the frozen, prohibited landscape of the North—a place where the length of day isn’t equal to the length of night, and the sky lights up in color even after sunset—Fadlan shockingly learns that he has, against his will, been enlisted to battle the horrors that seek to slaughter the Vikings in the dead of night: monsters that feed on human flesh.

How he will however manage to do it is beyond him.

The 13th Warrior
Director: John McTiernan
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Omar Sharif
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1976
ISBN: 978-0525436386
Publisher: Vintage

Deep in the rain forest jungles of Africa, not far away from the ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, a group of American geologists are viciously killed while on a field expedition.

Across the Atlantic, at the Houston-based Earth Resources Technology Services, Inc., a terrified supervisor watches a ghastly video transmission of that most unfortunate event. Moving amongst the bodies is a grainy, man-like figure.

In San Francisco, a gifted gorilla by the name named Amy could hold the secret to that merciless destruction, given how she has a 620-sign vocabulary.

With little time to spare, another expedition group is immediately sent to the Congo, along with Amy.

Slowly, they make their way to a place so forbidden that the only escape may be through the most horrifying death.

Director: Frank Marshall
Cast: Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, Tim Curry
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1980
ISBN: 978-0099544319
Publisher: Arrow/Children's

When a massive vessel is unearthed from the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface, a group of American scientists are immediately summoned to the scene in an attempt to investigate the shocking discovery.

What they learn however goes beyond their wildest imaginations; ridiculing all their attempts at finding an objective and rational explanation.

The mysterious object looks like a spaceship that surprisingly survived unscathed despite falling from the sky.

Even more puzzling is the fact that the ship appears to be at least three hundred years old; one that hosts a petrifying and devastating force that must be controlled at any cost.

Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote, Liev Schreiber
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1987
ISBN: 978-0062428868
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Rising Sun

The grand opening celebration of the new American headquarters of the huge Japanese conglomerate ceremoniously takes place on the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto tower in downtown Los Angeles.

At the same time, the body of a young, beautiful woman is discovered in an empty conference room on the forty-sixth floor of the same building.

The investigation however soon turns into an intense web of industrial intrigue and lawless battles where the bone of contention is absolute control of a vital American technology.

From what develops next, the Japanese saying “Business is war” will soon translate into a terrifying reality.

Rising Sun
Director: Philip Kaufman
Cast: Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kevin Anderson, Mako, Tia Carrere, Ray Wise, Stan Shaw
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-0099233015
Publisher: Arrow/Children's

Tom Sanders, a high rising executive at DigiCom computer firm, looks like a man whose future in the corporate world is assured.

He is however quickly branded the villain by a terrible chain of lies and deceit after a closed-door meeting with his new boss; a woman who so happens to be his ex lover, and the new occupant of the position he was hoping to be promoted to.

While on a quest to clear his name, Sanders will discover an electronic trail into the dark secrets of the company, in what is a calculative scheme designed to utterly finish him.

Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland, Caroline Goodall, Dennis Miller
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1994
Ebook: B01FEK6HJ8
Publisher: Ballantine Books (1853)

Jurassic Park Series

Jurassic Park

“In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton’s scientific brilliance created one of the most enchanting and captivating technothrillers of all time.”

A groundbreaking method of recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has just been discovered.

One of man’s most thrilling and mind-blowing fantasies has suddenly come to life. Gigantic creatures previously extinct for an indefinitely long time now roam Jurassic Park with their majestic presence and overwhelming mystery.

For a price, anyone from all four corners of the world can visit them. Until something goes terribly wrong…

Jurassic Park
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, BD Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1990
ISBN: 978-1784752224
Publisher: Arrow
The Lost World

Six years have now passed since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park.

It’s been six long years since the incredible dream of science and creativity came to a staggering end.

The island was closed indefinitely to the members of the public after the dinosaurs were destroyed and the park dismantled.

Hush whispers however suggest that something, against all odds, survived…

The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard
Author: Michael Crichton
First Release: 1995
ISBN: 978-1784752231
Publisher: Arrow
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