RIP Michael Crichton November 5, 2008 by Nathan Bransford 30 Comments Wow, very very sad. Michael Chrichton succumbed to his battle with cancer. What a terrific mind and a terrific writer.
Oh, dear. He gave us some wonderful stories, didn’t he? I remember when Jurassic Park was published. I went around telling everybody to read it and was not happy when the movie came out and JP became a movie instead of a book. However, the movie was great fun, as well. That story is going to live forever.
Thomas Mason says
This is a sad day for many people. His stories were superb and he always painted such a clear picture with his use of words. I found myself lost many times in the worlds he created.
RIP Michael, our prayers are with your family.
Elyssa Papa says
Very sad news. My thoughts go out to his family and friends during this diffficult time.
What a creative genius! He will be sorely missed, but his stories and the worlds created in them will live on. That’s what it is to be an author of his caliber.
Kat Harris says
Oh, wow. This is terribly sad. The world will miss his creative mind.
Wow. I’m stunned.
Cora Porter says
Very sad…he was an awesome writer.
Brian Jay Jones says
The Andromeda Strain remains one of the scariest stories I’ve ever read.
Deaf Brown Trash Punk says
he died on this historic day when most of us are thrilled that you-know-who had won :-/
Mitch Wallace says
Very sad. I’ve only actually read one of his books, which was Next, and I really enjoyed it. But I’m a big fan of ER and I thought Jurassic Park was excellent. A truly creative mind was lost today.
The untimely passing of Michael Crichton is very sad indeed. He gave us some wonderful novels, movies and even television shows from that rich, prolific imagination of his. My thoughts and sympathies are with his family during this difficult time!
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Marilyn Peake says
Oh my word, I had no idea he had been sick. How sad. I love Michael Crichton’s work!
This is a loss. Lit a candle to a great writer.
Aw, how unfortunate. He’s lived a great life and contributed some great creativity. He will be missed, but I’m glad he isn’t suffering anymore.
This is a terribly sad day for me, as Mr. Crichton was one of my main inspirations for becoming a story-teller. I had to walk away from the internet and writing when I first heard the news.
TERI REES WANG says
What is going on in the world?
So many literary figure icons, leavings this world unexpectedly…a
surprise ending, in the ultimate way.
Rest in Peace.
Really liked Prey.
Furious D says
I remember reading his books when I was a kid and enjoying his use of plausible science and his clear, precise prose style.
I think he practically invented the techno-thriller, which is quite an achievement to create a subgenre.
*Akilah Sakai* says
My sympathies to his family and those close to him deeply affected by his loss. Michal C. really had some great works! Very sad news.
Kyle Smith says
RIP Michael. It was a tossup between him and Grisham for my favorite author.
I didn’t even realize he had cancer. We’ve lost a superb storyteller today.
This came as a huge shock as I read the headline “RIP Michael Crichton”. I was actually wondering earlier today when his next novel would come out, too. I didn’t even know he had cancer.
As much as I like following the outcome of the election, I’m kinda miffed that Mike doesn’t get his RIPs on the home pages of some of the major news sites. I found out about his death the old fashioned way – someone told me. I’m bummed.
Maris Bosquet says
What a shocker. But I feel better about hearing it here, instead of through mass media.
Sad, sad news, Nathan. Thank you for passing it along.
R.I.P. Michael Crichton. His novels made me want to become a writer.
Professor Tarr says
I don’t tend to be a science fiction-y kind of guy, but Crichton transcended the genre for me. His novels always seemed plausible and hence accessible. The science was a detail for him – a nuance that tended to inform his stories the way Jack London’s natural descriptions informed his. It is truly about neither Jack’s snow or Michael’s velociraptor. It is about the plot hurtling at an incredible pace past our ever-widening eyes.
I tend to be a bulimic reader – I go through phases of binging and purging that are pretty intense. I had my Irving, Wolfe and Vonnegut days – devoured their complete body of work in mere months. I’m currently in a Frank Norris phase – but I had a very strong Crichton phase also.
I guess, I never really purge the good ones from my system. Those tend to remain and continue to inform and enlighten my spirit as I traverse these years. Thank you, Mr. Crichton for giving me/us that.
Prayers go out to his family. So terrible to lose someone this young. I simply adored Jurrasic Park, everything was so alive in it, so real. What dedication and hard work that must have taken, to make a novel with that kind of scope unfold and press into readers in that manner.
There are books that make you want to write, and there are books that make you want to write WELL. He had that knack for having such support and gravity behind each sentence.
Another point of view: Michael Crichton dies
Every Photo Tells A Story says
I know, I enjoyed many of Chrichton’s books, and was shocked to read that he had died. I didn’t even realize he had cancer. Such a talent, and so young.