Michael Crichton

Easton Press Michael Crichton books

The Andromeda Strain - signed modern classic - 2003
Jurassic Park - Signed Limited Edition - 2008
The Lost World - 2008

Franklin Library Michael Crichton books

Congo - limited first edition ( not signed by Michael Crichton ) - 1980
Travels - signed first edition - 1988
Jurassic Park - signed first edition - 1990
Rising Sun - signed first edition - 1992
Disclosure - signed first edition - 1993
The Lost World - signed first edition - 1995
Airframe - signed first edition - 1996
Timeline - signed first edition - 1999


Author Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton, born John Michael Crichton on October 23, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, was a highly successful American author, screenwriter, film director, and producer. Renowned for his works in the science fiction, thriller, and techno-thriller genres, Crichton became a literary and cinematic icon, captivating audiences with his imaginative storytelling and scientific premises. Crichton displayed early intellectual prowess, graduating summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1964 with a degree in biological anthropology. He later attended Harvard Medical School but opted to pursue writing over a medical career. While still a student, he began publishing novels under pseudonyms to avoid any potential conflicts with his academic pursuits. How tall was Michael Crichton? Michael Crichton's height was 6'9" tall.

Crichton's breakthrough came with his techno-thriller novel The Andromeda Strain (1969), a gripping tale of a team of scientists investigating an extraterrestrial microorganism. The success of this novel marked the start of his prolific writing career. One of Crichton's most famous works, Jurassic Park (1990), explored the consequences of genetic engineering, bringing dinosaurs back to life through cloning. The novel was a massive success and was later adapted into a blockbuster film directed by Steven Spielberg in 1993.

Beyond literature, Crichton found success in the film and television industry. He directed the film Westworld (1973), based on his own screenplay, and continued to work on various projects in Hollywood. His ability to blend scientific concepts with thrilling narratives made him a sought-after writer and filmmaker. Crichton's other notable literary works include The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Sphere, and Timeline. His books often explored the ethical and moral implications of scientific advancements and technological breakthroughs.

Michael Crichton's impact on popular culture extended to the small screen with the creation of the television series ER, which premiered in 1994. The medical drama, based on Crichton's own experiences as a medical student, became a long-running and critically acclaimed series. On November 4, 2008, Michael Crichton passed away at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer. Despite his untimely death, his legacy endures through his influential body of work, which continues to captivate readers and viewers alike with its unique blend of scientific curiosity, suspense, and entertainment.

Michael Crichton movies

Michael Crichton was not only a prolific author but also had a significant impact on the film industry. His novels, known for their thrilling and science-based narratives, were often adapted into successful movies and television series. The following are some notable Michael Crichton movies.

Westworld (1973) Crichton wrote and directed this science fiction thriller about an amusement park where guests can experience interactions with lifelike robots. The film explores the dangers of technology and artificial intelligence.

Coma (1978) Adapted from Robin Cook's novel, Crichton wrote and directed this medical thriller about a young doctor who discovers a conspiracy surrounding patients who fall into comas during routine surgeries.

The Great Train Robbery (1978) Crichton wrote and directed this period piece based on his own novel, which is a historical crime caper set in Victorian England.

Jurassic Park (1993) Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Crichton's novel of the same name, this film is a landmark in the science fiction genre. It explores the disastrous consequences of cloning dinosaurs for an amusement park.

Disclosure (1994) Based on Crichton's novel, this thriller delves into issues of sexual harassment and corporate intrigue. Michael Douglas and Demi Moore star in this adaptation.

Congo (1995) Adapted from Crichton's novel, this adventure film follows an expedition to find a rare diamond in the jungles of the Congo. The story involves advanced technology and a talking gorilla.

The Lost World Jurassic Park (1997) A sequel to the original Jurassic Park film, this adaptation of Crichton's novel explores the dangers of an isolated dinosaur habitat.

Sphere (1998) Based on Crichton's science fiction novel, this film involves a team of scientists investigating a mysterious alien spacecraft on the ocean floor. The story explores psychological and existential themes.

Timeline (2003) Adapted from Crichton's novel, this science fiction adventure involves a group of historians who travel back in time to medieval France.

Prey (upcoming) A film adaptation of Crichton's techno-thriller novel Prey is reportedly in development, exploring the dangers of nanotechnology.

Michael Crichton's influence on film extends beyond these adaptations, as his work often inspired discussions about the ethical implications of scientific advancements and the consequences of playing with the boundaries of nature and technology.


Jurassic Park

On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park.

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them for a price.

Until something goes wrong. . . .

As always, there is a dark side to the fantasy and after a catastrophe destroys the park's defence systems, the scientists and tourists are left fighting for survival...

In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying techno-thriller. With this masterful cross of science fiction and action-adventure, Michael Crichton created one of the biggest bestsellers of all time, turned by Steven Spielberg into the highest grossing blockbuster ever in 1993.

The Lost World

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.

There are rumors that something has survived....

Written in the wake of Jurassic Park's phenomenal box-office success, The Lost World seems as much a guidebook for Hollywood types hard at work on the franchise's followup as it is a legitimate sci-fi thriller. Which begs the inevitable questions: Is the plot a rehash of the first book? Sure it is, with the action unfolding on yet another secluded island, the mysterious "Site B."

The Andromeda Strain

From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a captivating thriller about a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism, which threatens to annihilate human life.

The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to collect organisms and dust for study. One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona.

Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.

Some biologists speculate that if we ever make contact with extraterrestrials, those life forms are likely to be like most life on earth one-celled or smaller creatures, more comparable to bacteria than little green men. And even though such organisms would not likely be able to harm humans, the possibility exists that first contact might be our last.
That's the scientific supposition that Michael Crichton formulates and follows out to its conclusion in his excellent debut novel, The Andromeda Strain.

A Nobel-Prize-winning bacteriologist, Jeremy Stone, urges the president to approve an extraterrestrial decontamination facility to sterilize returning astronauts, satellites, and spacecraft that might carry an "unknown biologic agent." The government agrees, almost too quickly, to build the top-secret Wildfire Lab in the desert of Nevada. Shortly thereafter, unbeknownst to Stone, the U.S. Army initiates the "Scoop" satellite program, an attempt to actively collect space pathogens for use in biological warfare. When Scoop VII crashes a couple years later in the isolated Arizona town of Piedmont, the Army ends up getting more than it asked for.

The Andromeda Strain follows Stone and rest of the scientific team mobilized to react to the Scoop crash as they scramble to understand and contain a strange and deadly outbreak.


Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists is mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.

Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies all motionless except for one moving image a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 “signs,” the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to fingerpaint. But recently, her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642 . . . a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition along with Amy is sent into the Congo where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death …


The twin jet plane en route to Denver from Hong Kong is merely a green radar blip half an hour off the California coast when the call comes through to air traffic control:

'Socal Approach, this is TransPacific 545. We have an emergency.' The pilot requests priority clearance to land then comes the bombshell he needs forty ambulances on the runway.

But nothing prepares the rescue workers for the carnage they witness when they enter the plane.

Ninety-four passengers are injured. Three dead. The interior cabin virtually destroyed.

What happened on board Flight TPA 545?


Thomas Sanders' world collapses in just 24 hours he is passed over for promotion, his new woman boss comes on to him during a drink after work, then, the next morning, he learns that she has accused him of sexually harassing her. She demands his transfer, thereby threatening to cut him off from the millions he would have made when his high-tech company was floated on the stock market.

What follow next made Disclosure the most talked about novel of the decade.


Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. When Michael Crichton a Harvard-trained physician, bestselling novelist, and successful movie director began to feel isolated in his own life, he decided to widen his horizons. He tracked wild animals in the jungles of Rwanda. He climbed Kilimanjaro and Mayan pyramids. He trekked across a landslide in Pakistan. He swam amid sharks in Tahiti. Fueled by a powerful curiosity and the need to see, feel, and hear firsthand and close-up, Michael Crichton has experienced adventures as compelling as those he created in his books and films. These adventures both physical and spiritual are recorded here in Travels, Crichton's most astonishing and personal work.

Rising Sun

In a novel set within the arena of volatile Japanese-American relations, business moguls compete for control of the international electronics industry.

On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto Tower in downtown L.A. the new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomerate a grand opening celebration is in full swing.

On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the dead body of a beautiful young woman is discovered.

The investigation begins ... and immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue ... a no-holds-barred conflict in which control of a vital American technology is the fiercely coveted prize and the Japanese saying "business is war" takes on a terrifying reality ...

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