R.I.P. Michael Crichton

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Michael Crichton, best-selling author of such hits as “Jurassic Park”, “Sphere”, and “The Andromeda Strain” and the creator of the tv series “E.R.” has passed away on Tuesday from complications with cancer.  He was 66.

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“Michael’s talent out-scaled even his own dinosaurs of ‘Jurassic Park,’ ” said Steven Spielberg, a friend of Crichton’s for 40 years, according to The Associated Press. “He was the greatest at blending science with big theatrical concepts, which is what gave credibility to dinosaurs again walking the Earth. … Michael was a gentle soul who reserved his flamboyant side for his novels. There is no one in the wings that will ever take his place.” (from www.cnn.com). Click here for the then NY Times book review of “Jurassic Park.”

For me personally, “Jurassic Park” was the first “adult novel” that I can recall reading and thoroughly enjoying.  Since then I must have read it at least 10 times, if not more.  I remember trying to convince my AP English teacher to let me do a paper on it, though it was dismissed as not a “serious work” – a claim I roundly disputed.  Crichton was the first to show me that science and fiction could be blended in smart, serious, yet still very fun and exciting way.  His mix of “hard science” with “action/adventure” was and still is a joy to read.  He will be sorely missed. God bless.

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Different topic, here is a new trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s biopic epic CHE about Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

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“”Broadly speaking, the ability of the park to control the spread of life forms. Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.” Malcom shook his head. “I don’t mean to be philosophical, but there it is.” ” –  Ian Malcolm –  Jurassic Park Third Iteration “Stegosaur”

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