Saturday, October 27, 2012

Celebrating Michael Crichton - Part 2: Discovery

When I was nine years old, my father decided the family was going to see the 1971 film of The Andromeda Strain. (Dad tended to just come home and tell us we were going to see a particular film. I hadn't heard of Star Wars before Dad informed us we were going to see it.)

From my father I inherited a love of both science and science fiction. When I saw The Andromeda Strain, I was enthralled. I pestered my dad with questions all during the movie and for the next several weeks.

Two years later, I read my father’s copy of the novel. And I've been hooked on Crichton's work every since.

How did you discover Michael Crichton and what was the first book you read?


Andrew said...

Here's my funny story. When I was in fifth grade, I went to a sleepover at my friend's house. His father decided to read aloud to us from Jurassic Park. I think we just got through the prologue (where children are attacked by compys on a beach, if I remember correctly). I was terrified. I couldn't sleep and had to call my mom to come pick me up because I was so scared. But, at some point later that year, I picked up the book again, got through the prologue and the rest of the book and have been hooked on his work ever since.

Anonymous said...

I guess I could answer this question several different ways. Although I was familiar with Crichton's films/book titles growing up, I didn't become an avid reader of his novels until I heard about Jurassic Park. After that, I read them all, including all the non-fiction and pseudonym titles. Travels had a huge influence on me and I credit Crichton for encouraging me to travel the world.
--- Alexander Pietrzak

Henrique said...

When I was 7 years old I saw "The Land Before Time" and after that I became a young dinosaur maniac. When Jurassic Park movie came out, I found Crichton's novel and loved it. After that I searched and read everything he wrote.

Anonymous said...

Jurassic Park had pretty much dominated my childhood, and, with a renewed interest in dinosaurs, I decided to pick up Jurassic Park and read it last summer. Since then, I have read all but a few of his books. RIP.

eriks said...

I know it exactly: I was on holyday in Denmark in the summer of 1994, during a work placement of my then girl-friend (now wife). As I had a lot of time in my hands I borrowed a random novel from the tiny fiction section of the place she was working at, the Niels Bohr Institute. It was "A Case of Need". Since then I devoured everything Michel Crichton...