Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Michael Crichton News - July 29, 2009

Vanity Fair Article Cites Michael Crichton Speech

In the August 2009 issue of Vanity Fair Michael Wolff begins his article Politico’s Washington Coup by referencing Michael Crichton’s speech Mediasaurus: The Decline of Conventional Media, which appeared in the Sept/Oct 1993 issue of Wired magazine. From the article:

In the fourth issue of Wired magazine, in the fall of 1993, just as the Internet was entering public consciousness, Michael Crichton, the author of The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park, wrote an essay arguing that newspapers were doomed because they were too dumb. As information became cheaper, more plentiful, and easier to get, consumers, he argued, would become ever more immersed in their specific interests and understand that their more generally oriented paper—at least in the matter of a reader’s special interest, but also by inference everything else—had no idea what it was talking about.

Sixteen years later, the ultimate result of Crichton’s theory about the fallacy of general-interest news—and, as a corollary, the answer to the riddle of who’s going to report the news when traditional, general-interest news organizations stop doing it—is, for better and worse, Politico...more

Literary Agent Listed Sphere as Favorite Beach Read

On his blog, literary agent Nathan Bransford asked:
What are your favorite beach reads of all time?

Bransford wrote:
I'll start with SPHERE by Michael Crichton, CRYPTONOMICON by Neal Stephenson (NPR got that one right), and anything by Jane Austen.

Pirate Latitudes: Crichton's 16th Novel

There have been 15 novels published under Michael Crichton’s name, so Pirates Latitudes will be the 16th novel and the untitled, unfinished novel will be the 17th.

(And if we include the novels Crichton wrote under the pseudonyms of John Lange, Jeffery Hudson, and Michael Douglas, Pirate Latitudes would be number 26. Crichton’s official website doesn’t list his pseudonym novels.)

Novels by Michael Crichton

1. The Andromeda Strain (1969)

2. The Terminal Man (1972)

3. The Great Train Robbery (1975)

4. Eaters of the Dead (1976)

5. Congo (1980)

6. Sphere (1987)

7. Jurassic Park (1990)

8. Rising Sun (1992)

9. Disclosure (1994)

10. The Lost World (1995)

11. Airframe (1996)

12. Timeline (1999)

13. Prey (2002)

14. State of Fear (2004)

15. Next (2006)

16. Pirate Latitudes (scheduled 2009)

17. Untitled novel (scheduled 2010)

As John Lange:

1. Odds On (1966)

2. Scratch One (1967)

3. Easy Go (also published as The Last Tomb) (1968)

4. Zero Cool (1969)
(reprinted in 2008)

5. The Venom Business (1969)

6. Drug of Choice (1970)

7. Grave Descend (1970)
(reprinted in 2006)

8. Binary (1972)

As Jeffery Hudson:

9. A Case of Need (1968)

As Michael Douglas (Michael Crichton and Douglas Crichton):

10. Dealing, or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1970)

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Unknown said...

Prey was published in 2002, not 2001. ;-) But good post (I should read Sphere again, this time on beach or river-side). :-)

Marla Warren said...
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Marla Warren said...


Thank you for pointing out the Prey error. It's fixed now.

How much can I pay you to email me with these things instead of posting it in comments? LOL! It's fine, in fact it is good for people to know that I want to be corrected when I make mistakes.

So keep your eyes peeled, Pavel!