Michael Crichton, one of the most prolific and successful writers of our time has died aged 66.
Crichton’s books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide. His works were usually based on the action genre and heavily featured technology. His best known works include The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Disclosure, Timeline, State of Fear, Prey, and Next. He is best known in the movie world as the creator of Jurasic Park, but he also produced for television, was was the creator of ER.
His list of awards included two Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Awards,the Association of American Medical Writers Award, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Journalism Award, 2006, An Emmy, A Peabody and a Writers Guild of America Award. He was named list of the “Fifty Most Beautiful People” by People magazine in 1992 and even had a dinosaur named in his honor.
The Crichton family have released the following statement:
“Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4th 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 funeral service is expected, but no further details will be released to the public.”
Most of all, Crichton fans will agree that we have lost a great writer, and while his work will live on, that we shall never see a new Crichton novel is sad. Our thoughts and wishes to the Crichton family.