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General Information

Name:  Michael Crichton  

Pen Name: John Lange, Jeffery Hudson, Michael Douglas when writing with his younger brother Douglas

Genre:

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: October 23, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: November 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California


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Crichton was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Crichton was an award-winning author, film producer, film director, medical doctor and television producer. He is best known for his scientific themed suspense novels, films and television programs. The author of the groundbreaking novels ''The Andromeda Strain'', ''The Great Train Robbery'', ''Jurassic Park'', ''Prey'', and ''State of Fear'', among many others, his books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into thirty-eight languages, and have been successfully adapted for fifteen feature films including: ''Westworld'', ''Coma'', ''Looker'', ''Runaway'' and ''Twister''. He was also the creator of the television hit, ''ER'' and the director of ''Westworld'', ''Coma'', ''The Great Train Robbery'' and ''Looker''. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year. He received an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for the television series ''ER''.While Crichton was born in Chicago, he was raised in New York and lived the majority of his adult life in California. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University before tutoring at Cambridge University in anthropology and later registering at Harvard Medical School.


Awards

A Case of Need

- written as Jeffery Hudson
-- Edgar Allan Poe Award by Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel, 1969

Five Patients


-- Association of American Medical Writers Award, 1970

The Great Train Robbery


-- Edgar Award, 1980

State of Fear


-- Journalism Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006

Selected Titles At Your Library

A case of need
ISBN: 9781501216275. OCLC Number: 990933440

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A case of need /
ISBN: 0451210638. OCLC Number: 32437038

Signet,. .

Murder? Botched surgery? Accidental malpractice? Someone violating the Hippocratic oath? No one knows exactly ... Only one doctor is willing to push his way through the hidden medical data and secrets to learn the truth.

Airframe /
ISBN: 0345526775. OCLC Number: 35723547

Alfred Knopf,. .

An airliner porpoises over the Pacific--dives and rises--killing a number of passengers. Human or technical error? On the answer depend a big overseas sale to China and company jobs. Vice-president Casey Singleton battles TV hounds, intrigues and a hostile CEO as she tries to determine the cause.

Binary
ISBN: 9781783291250. OCLC Number: 262457

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A duel to the death between a mad millionaire who wants to destroy San Diego and the cool, tough government agent who must stop him.

Congo
ISBN: 9780307816504. OCLC Number: 795523487

Vintage,. .

Armed with the latest gifts of advanced technology, a California scientist (male), a ruthless corporation agent (female), and a mercenary hunter (male) face the dangers of the Congo jungle in search of the diamonds of the lost city of Zinj.

Congo /
ISBN: 0061782556. OCLC Number: 6602970

Knopf :. .

On an expedition to return Amy, his talking gorilla, to her home in the Congo, Professor Peter Elliot is joined by others who hope to find a legendary diamond mine guarded by mutant gorillas.

Dealing :
ISBN: 9781453299326. OCLC Number: 854852068

Open Road Media,. .

To rescue his girlfriend, a weed dealer scraps for a score. The suitcase looks like a standard weekend bag. But like the man who carries it, it isn't what it seems. Lined with tinfoil to mask the smell, it is a smuggler's bag and will soon be filled to the brim with marijuana bricks. The smuggler is a Harvard student who has come to California to make his fortune. He hopes to score not just with his connection but with his new girlfriend, a Golden State beauty with an appetite for fine weed. When the deal goes south, she takes the fall, and a crooked FBI agent swipes half the stash. To free his girl, this pothead will have to make the deal of a lifetime. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author's estate.

Dealing, or, The Berkeley-to-Boston forty-brick lost-bag blues :
ISBN: 039442168X. OCLC Number: 114405

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

Disclosure :
ISBN: 9780345539007. OCLC Number: 820302823

Ballantine,. .

An up-and-coming executive at the computer firm DigiCom, Tom Sanders is a man whose corporate future is certain. But after a closed-door meeting with his new boss--a woman who is his former lover and has been promoted to the position he expected to have--Sanders finds himself caught in a nightmarish web of deceit in which he is branded the villain. As Sanders scrambles to defend himself, he uncovers an electronic trail into the company's secrets--and begins to grasp that a cynical and manipulative scheme has been devised to bring him down.

Dragon teeth
ISBN: 9781460752784. OCLC Number: 1027954700

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The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure tests William's newfound resilience, and pits him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters.

Dragon teeth :
ISBN: 0062473352. OCLC Number: 973413865

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"The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country, it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop, two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils while surveilling, deceiving, and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the West to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William's newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West's most notorious characters."--

Drug of choice
ISBN: 9781491595374. OCLC Number: 926466667

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On a secret island in the Caribbean, bioengineers have devised a vacation resort like no other, promising the ultimate escape. But when Dr. Roger Clark investigates, he discovers the dark secret of Eden Island and of Advance Biosystems, the shadowy corporation underwriting it.

Drug of choice /
ISBN: 1783291230. OCLC Number: 862979212

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When Dr. Roger Clark travels to the Caribbean to investigate Eden Island, a resort run by bioengineers, he uncovers frightening secrets about the place and the corporation underwriting it.

Easy go
ISBN: 9781501216404. OCLC Number: 926466760

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Beneath the sands of the Egyptian desert lies treasure beyond imagining. And when a professor of archeology finds clues to the location of a Pharaoh's lost tomb in ancient hieroglyphs, he hatches a plan to find the burial site, and plunder it. But can a five-man team of smugglers and thieves uncover what the centuries have hidden? And even if they find it, can they escape with it, and with their lives?

Easy go /
ISBN: 1783291206. OCLC Number: 857524941

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"Beneath the sands of the Egyptian desert lies treasure beyond imagining. And when a professor of archaeology finds clues to the location of a Pharaoh's lost tomb in ancient hieroglyphs, he hatches a plan to find the burial site--and plunder it. But can a five-man team of smugglers and thieves uncover what the centuries have hidden? And even if they find it, can they escape with it ... and with their lives?"--Publisher.

Eaters of the dead :
ISBN: 0061782637. OCLC Number: 1959473

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It is 922 A.D. The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to the north. Fadlan belatedly discovers that his job is to combat the terrors in the night that come to slaughter the Vikings--but just how he will do it, Fadlan has no idea.

Electronic life :
ISBN: 0394534069. OCLC Number: 9646447

Knopf,. .

Five patients :
ISBN: 0345354648. OCLC Number: 31426841

Ballantine Books,. .

Michael Crichton takes a look at venerable Massachusetts General, giving firsthand accounts of five true and poignant cases which reveal the near-miraculous proficiency--and sometimes alarming inefficiency--of a major city hospital. A dramatic, behind-the-scenes tale from the author of Sphere.

Five patients.
ISBN: 0712680314. OCLC Number: 42952562

Century,. .

Grave descend /
ISBN: 1783291249. OCLC Number: 857524942

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"Diver James McGregor is used to exploring sunken ships. But there's something strange about the wreck of the Grave Descend. No one aboard tells quite the same story about what happened. Then there's the mysterious cargo they were carrying ... In one of the most beautiful places on Earth, a sinister plot is about to unfold. And if McGregor's not careful, he may find himself in over his head."--Publisher.

Jasper Johns
ISBN: 0500092400. OCLC Number: 30738087

Thames and Hudson,. .

This new edition presents a completely revised, expanded and updated version of a modern classic. Jasper Johns's recent pieces, with their puns, optical illusions and embedded images have attracted considerable critical attention. Crichton, who knows Johns and has collected his work for over 20 years, here offers intimate glimpses of the artist's potent and seemingly contradictory aspects. Accompanying the text is a whole portfolio of illustrations, providing an overview of his work as painter, sculptor and printmaker. Over 200 works are reproduced, including colour and foldout reproductions.

Jasper Johns /
ISBN: 0874270243. OCLC Number: 3001846

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"This book pairs two major talents of our time, the painter/sculptor/printmaker Jasper Johns and the physician/novelist/filmmaker Michael Crichton."--Jacket.

Jurassic Park
ISBN: 9781501216909. OCLC Number: 898531355

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An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon to be opened as a theme park. But something goes wrong, and science proves a dangerous toy.

Jurassic Park :
ISBN: 0345538986. OCLC Number: 22511027

Knopf :. .

An American bioengineering research firm erects a theme park on a Caribbean island, complete with living dinosaurs, and invites a group of scientists to be its first terrified guests.

Next :
ISBN: 9781443412698. OCLC Number: 857139281

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

In a near-future world where biotechnology and genetic research has become big business, the discovery of several transgenic animals leads to a legal and ethical battle over the rights to genes that can be used for commercial purposes.

Next :
ISBN: 0060873167. OCLC Number: 73503259

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

In a near-future world where biotechnology and genetic research has become big business, the discovery of several transgenic animals leads to a legal and ethical battle over the rights to genes that can be used for commercial purposes.

Odds on /
ISBN: 1783291184. OCLC Number: 862979213

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The plan: to rob the Reina, a super-luxury hotel off the coast of Spain. The crew: three seasoned criminals with the skills to pull off the heist of the century. The edge: every aspect of the scheme has been simulated on a computer, down to the last variable. The complication: three beautiful women with agendas of their own - and the sort of variables no computer can fathom ...

Odds on :
ISBN: 9781453299234. OCLC Number: 854852495

Open Road Media,. .

They thought their daring hotel robbery scheme was airtight, but three men are about to learn that nothing is that simple at the Hotel Reina ... To rob the finest resort in fascist Spain, three Americans need to blend in among the Mediterranean elite. And to do so, they will each need a gorgeous girl as cover. They find a depraved millionaire, a drug-addled nymphomaniac, and an assistant hotel manager who enjoys mingling with her handsome guests after hours. The would-be thieves have used an IBM supercomputer to plan the perfect heist. Their crime has been calculated to the last detail, with every possible contingency planned for, save one: the women. The Hotel Reina is crawling with femmes fatales, and these crooks will be lucky to escape with the shirts on their backs.

Pirate Latitudes
ISBN: 9780730448426. OCLC Number: 854849265

HarperCollins Publishers,. .

'Fast-moving, gripping' Daily Mail 'Full of non-stop action, danger, thrills and blood'GUARDIAN Jamaica 1665. A lone British outpost in Spanish-controlled Caribbean waters. Its capital, Port Royal, a cutthroat town of taverns and bawdy houses - is the last place anyone would expect an attack to be launched on a Spanish stronghold. Yet that is the plan of renowned privateer Captain Charles Hunter and Charles II's ruling governor, Sir James Almont. The target is the sheer-cliffed and impregnable Matanceros, guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla. Hunter's ragtag crew of buccaneers must brave raging hurricanes, cannibals, sea monsters and the Spanish fleet, but if they succeed they will make history ... and a fortune in gold. 'Up there with the best of his work' DAILY TELEGRAPH.

Pirate latitudes :
ISBN: 0061929379. OCLC Number: 318430694

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"Michael Crichton presents a story about pirates in the New World"--Provided by publisher.

Prey
ISBN: 0060536969. OCLC Number: 51050036

Harper Audio,. .

Deep in the remote Nevada desert, eight people are trapped inside of the Xymos Corporation by a rapidly evolving swarm of predatory molecules that have massed together to form a powerful and intelligent organism that is targeting its creators.

Prey :
ISBN: 0061703087. OCLC Number: 50511161

Harper Collins Publishers,. .

Deep in the remote Nevada desert, eight people are trapped inside of the Xymos Corporation by a rapidly evolving swarm of predatory molecules that have massed together to form a powerful and intelligent organism that is targeting its creators.

Rising sun /
ISBN: 0099233010. OCLC Number: 35667086

Arrow,. .

Rising sun :
ISBN: 9780345538970. OCLC Number: 24216739

Knopf :. .

During the grand opening celebration of the new American headquarters of an immense Japanese conglomerate, the dead body of a beautiful woman is found. The investigation begins, and immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue and a violent business battle that takes no prisoners.

Scratch one /
ISBN: 1783291192. OCLC Number: 857524940

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"To prevent an arms shipment from reaching the Middle East a terrorist group has been carrying out targeted assassinations in Egypt ... Portugal ... Denmark ... France. In response, the United States sends one of its deadliest agents to take the killers down. But when the agent is delayed in transit, lawyer Roger Carr gets mistaken for him. Now, with some of the world's deadliest men after him, will he survive long enough to prove his identity?"--Publisher.

Sphere
ISBN: 9781501216848. OCLC Number: 962466307

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The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination, Sphere is Crichton truly masterful fiction from the ingenious mind that brought us Prey, State of Fear, and Jurassic Park.

Sphere /
ISBN: 0061990558. OCLC Number: 641532520

Harpercollins,. .

In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface of the water, a huge vessel is discovered resting on the ocean floor. Rushed to the scene is a group of American scientists who descend together into the depths of the sea to investigate this astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanations. It is a spaceship.

State of fear
ISBN: 9781440705984. OCLC Number: 311820026

Playaway Digital Audio ;. .

In Paris, a graduate student in a secret laboratory reveals a powerful new technology to a beautiful and mysterious woman. A few hours later, the student is drugged and dumped in a river. Radical environmental terrorists are launching a fanatical campaign--and the very future of the world they seek to protect may be at stake. Only MIT scientist and federal agent John Kenner can stop the deadly plot before the terrifying consequences are realized--and millions die.

State of fear /
ISBN: 0061782661. OCLC Number: 56759026

HarperCollins,. .

An eco-thriller takes readers to such far-flung locales as Paris, Iceland, Antarctica, and the Solomon Islands.

The Andromeda strain
ISBN: 9781101974490. OCLC Number: 951948170

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A military space probe, sent to collect extraterrestrial organisms from the upper atmosphere, is knocked out of orbit and falls to Earth. Twelve miles from the crash site, an inexplicable and deadly phenomenon terrorizes the residents of a sleepy desert town in Arizona, leaving only two survivors: an elderly addict and a newborn infant. The United States government is forced to mobilize Project Wildfire, a top-secret emergency response protocol. Four of the nation's most elite biophysicists are summoned to a clandestine underground laboratory located five stories beneath the desert and fitted with an automated atomic self-destruction mechanism for cases of irremediable contamination. Under conditions of total news blackout and the utmost urgency, the scientists race to understand and contain the crisis.--Page 4 of cover.

The Andromeda strain /
ISBN: 006170315X. OCLC Number: 12231

A.A. Knopf :. .

A military satellite launched to collect organisms in the upper atmosphere comes down in Arizona. Within a few hours, almost everyone in a nearby town is dead. A team of scientists is assembled to investigate.

The great train robbery /
ISBN: 0804171289. OCLC Number: 1175916

Knopf :. .

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master, here is a classic caper novel set a decade before the age of dynamite--yet nonetheless explosive ...

The lost world
ISBN: 9781784752231. OCLC Number: 910177788

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The lost world :
ISBN: 0345538994. OCLC Number: 32924490

Knopf :. .

On an island off Costa Rica there exists a hush-hush colony of giant animals which attracts the attention of two expeditions. The first one, including children, is led by a paleontologist, the other is made up of evil scientists who want to do experiments. The animals rout both without much concern for their motives.

The Michael Crichton collection.
ISBN: 0739340336. OCLC Number: 71192987

Random House Audio,. .

A collection of twelve audio discs featuring three works by Michael Crichton including Airframe, The Lost World, and Timeline.

The terminal man
ISBN: 9780804171298. OCLC Number: 876719702

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A computer specialist suffering from violent seizures has electrodes implanted in his brain to soothe his impulses. He soon learns to program the implants himself, and escapes the hospital, a homicidal maniac with a deadly agenda.

The terminal man /
ISBN: 0788744682. OCLC Number: 44395241

Recorded Books,. .

"Brilliant, neurotic computer specialist Harry Benson suffers from violent seizures. To the members of the Neuropsychiatric Research Unit of a Los Angeles hospital, he is the perfect human guinea pig. They are convinced that computer-controlled electrodes, when implanted in his brain, will soothe his violent impulses."--Container.

The venom business
ISBN: 9781501216466. OCLC Number: 907120032

Brilliance Audio,. .

As an expert handler of venomous snakes, and a smuggler of rare artifacts, Charles Raynaud is accustomed to danger. So the job body-guarding an old acquaintance about to come into a fortune shouldn't make him break a sweat. But when the attempts on the man's life nearly get Raynaud killed, he's left wondering if he's the killers' real target.

The venom business /
ISBN: 1783291222. OCLC Number: 862979305

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A herpetologist must use his special skills and knowledge to avert death and disaster.

Timeline
ISBN: 9780345539014. OCLC Number: 39348527

Alfred A. Knopf,. .

A Yale history professor travels back in time to 15th century France and gets stuck, unable to return to the present. His colleagues organize a rescue and on landing in France become involved in the Hundred Years War.

Travels
ISBN: 9780804171274. OCLC Number: 17550457

Knopf :. .

Fueled by a powerful curiosity--and by a need to see and feel and hear, firsthand and close-up--Michael Crichton's travels have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling. This is a record of those travels--an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.

Zero cool
ISBN: 9781501216442. OCLC Number: 927103385

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American radiologist Peter Ross just wanted a vacation. But when he meets the beautiful Angela Locke on a Spanish beach, he soon finds himself caught in a murderous crossfire between rival gangs seeking a precious artifact. From Barcelona to the rain-swept streets of Paris, from the towers of the Alhambra to its darkest catacombs, Peter Ross is an ordinary man in desperate circumstances: racing to uncover a secret lost for centuries, before he becomes its next victim.

Zero cool /
ISBN: 1783291214. OCLC Number: 862979214

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In 1967, American radiologist Peter Ross takes a vacation to the south of Spain, where he meets a beautiful woman on a beach and finds himself swept up in a gang war over a precious artifact.