Michael Crichton – Rest in peace

“I have a lot of trouble with things that don’t seem true to me, I’m very uncomfortable just accepting. There’s something in me that wants to pound the table and say ‘That’s not true'”.

“The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda”.

These quotes are as powerful as Michael Crichton’s books were. This was one author who was introduced to me through the path-breaking movie of its times – Jurassic Park. The sheer concept of actually watching dinosaurs come alive on a big screen as a nerdy teenager is not something easily forgotten. Granted that the brains behind the movie and the credit for its iconic status should probably go to Steven Spielberg and his insanely talented SFX team, but the fact remains that the germination of the idea of recreating dinosaurs will surely go to Michael Crichton. This movie and its sequel “The Lost World” still keep me glued to my seat whenever there are re-runs on TV, and will do so in the future as well. However, the difference will be that Crichton’s absence will be doubly reminded whenever I watch them in the future.

Crichton’s bibliography includes all time favorites of mine such as The Andromeda Strain, Airframe, Prey, Next and Congo. Most of his books have been re-made into movies (most of them blockbuster hits), and his contribution to their screenplays can never be disputed. I could probably never do any kind of justice by being audacious enough to post his obituary up here. But the following are some links which would give an insight into the man that Michael Crichton was.

Michael Crichton, you will be sorely missed.

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