Monday, December 8, 2014

Living in a State of Fear



Before we delve into our exploration and analysis of State of Fear, I want to share one of the highlights of my Michael Crichton collection. I found this T-shirt on eBay and I've never seen another for sale anywhere.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

State of Fear - Ten Years Later



Ten years ago, State of Fear was published. I remember the excitement when a new Michael Crichton book came out. I would clear my calendar because once I started reading a Crichton book I would do nothing else until it was finished.

Crichton’s career can be split into three stages:

1. The Andromeda Strain, which introduced his writing to the world.

2. Jurassic Park, which took Crichton from a genre writer to mainstream fame.

3. State of Fear, Crichton’s most controversial book

In November 2005, I had the rare privilege of participating in a month-long online discussion with Michael Crichton about State of Fear. It was hosted by the Barnes & Noble website. (Unfortunately, the discussion cannot be found online. Fortunately, I downloaded everything Crichton said.)

During the next few months, I’m going to explore State of Fear and the science behind it. I’ll also take a look the current state of climate and of climate science. What has changed in ten years? What hasn't changed? If any readers know of something in particular they would like to discuss, please email me at kahlessa at gmail dot com

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Michael Crichton Speech - “Science Policy in the 21st Century”


On January 28, 2005, Michael Crichton gave a speech titled "Science Policy in the 21st Century" for the American Enterprise Institute. The video lasts an hour and 15 minutes.

The speech covers issues addressed in State of Fear, though much of what Crichton said can be applied to a number of other situations.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring Cleaning


After five plus years of writing this blog, I’ve decided it’s time to go back through my posts and check for dead links or other problems. If there is anything you notice, please let me know.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Video: Michael Crichton on 'Jurassic Park' – Today show 1990


Here's an interview with Michael Crichton from the Today show on November 16, 1990:



Many Thanks to Alec Riker for bringing this to my attention!

Monday, March 10, 2014

At Long Last


At Long Last….
I am posting to this blog again.

At Long Last….
The Supreme Court declared gene patents illegal.

At Long Last….
the John Lange novels are back in print, and, as a result…

At Long Last….
I can stop feeling guilty for owning three copies of Odds On. All of my copies were obtained through eBay, but in the case of two of them, the sellers had no idea what they had—one cost $19.95, the other cost $9.99. Can’t imagine the sellers had any idea they were selling Michael Crichton’s very first novel.

The Crichton website has some links to reviews of the John Lange novels. I’ll write more about the books soon. While I've read all the John Lange novels several times, this year I’d like to read them in the order they were published. What will that tell me about Michael Crichton’s evolution as a writer? We shall see.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Michael Crichton Christmas 2013


On the first day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
A T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the second day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the third day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the fourth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the fifth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the sixth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the seventh day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the eighth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the ninth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Nine E.R.s in peril
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the tenth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Ten Congos drumming
Nine E.R.s in peril
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the eleventh day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Eleven Spheres a-humming
Ten Congos drumming
Nine E.R.s in peril
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the Next day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Twelve Micros munching
Eleven Spheres a-humming
Ten Congos drumming
Nine E.R.s in peril
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

I wrote the original version of this on December 22, 2007. I intended it to be a fun treat for the holidays. With Michael Crichton's untimely death, it's poignant to think about what he gave us.

In 2009 I revised “A Michael Crichton Christmas” to include Pirate Latitudes. My good friend Erik and his friend Angel, with some help from their families, created a video based on it.



In 2011, I updated it to include Micro, Crichton’s posthumous novel that was completed by Richard Preston.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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