Thursday, June 18, 2009

Michael Crichton Book Covers

Pavel Frčka has created a wonderful web page showing the first edition covers of all of Michael Crichton’s books, including the ones Crichton wrote under pseudonyms. It also shows the cover for the highly anticipated posthumous novel, Pirate Latitudes.

I must note that the cover for Jasper Johns is for the 1977 edition, while Crichton’s official website has the cover for the 1994 edition.

In addition, Pavel Frčka has also created a website showing the Czech edition book covers of Crichton’s works. Crichton’s website does show international covers for The Lost World and The Andromeda Strain. Examining the international covers not only reveals something about the books, but perhaps something about the different cultures as well.

Links and more info on Michael Crichton at:

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pirate Latitudes Cover Revealed

Harper Collins has now posted the cover for Pirate Latitudes online.

(Thank you, Pavel, for the alert!)

The colors include red, black and white which have been staples on Crichton book covers, but this one also includes blue sky and what appears to be green water deepening to gray.

Michael Crichton’s name is in red, as it has been on the covers of the following books:
State of Fear
The Lost World
Jurassic Park
The Great Train Robbery
Five Patients

Pirate Latitudes
will be Michael Crichton’s 16th novel (under his own name), and will be 320 pages long. This ranks its length as 12th among Crichton’s novels.

1. State of Fear (2004) – 603

2. Timeline (1999) – 449

3. Next (2006) – 431

4. Jurassic Park (1990) – 399

5. Disclosure (1994) – 397

6. Lost World (1995) – 393

7. Sphere (1987) – 385

8. Prey (2002) – 367

9. Rising Sun (1992) – 355

10. Airframe (1996) – 351

11. Congo (1980) – 348

12. Pirate Latitudes (2009) – 320

13. The Andromeda Strain (1969) – 295

14. The Great Train Robbery (1975) – 266

15. Terminal Man (1972) – 247

16. Eaters of the Dead (1976) – 193

Pirate Latitudes is scheduled for release on Tuesday, November 24, 2009.

Links and more info on Michael Crichton at: