Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Michael Crichton !

John Michael Crichton
Today is the birthday of an American best-selling author, producer, director, and screenwriter John Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008), best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and many have been adapted into films. In 1994, Crichton became the only creative artist ever to have works simultaneously charting at #1 in television, film, and book sales (with ER, Jurassic Park, and Disclosure, respectively). Michael Crichton's literary works are usually based on the action genre and heavily feature technology. His novels epitomize the techno-thriller genre of literature, often exploring technology and failures of human interaction with it, especially resulting in catastrophes with biotechnology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. He was the author of, among others, Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Travels, Sphere, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Lost World, Airframe, Timeline, Prey, State of Fear, Next (the final book published before his death), Pirate Latitudes (published November 24, 2009), and a final unfinished techno-thriller, Micro, which was published in November 2011. Presenting some Quotations : Being Poet
  • No one escapes from life alive.
  • I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.
  • It's better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.
  • The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.
  • Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.
  • God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.
  • If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree.
  • Life is wonderful. It's a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn't really anything else.
  • It's hard to decide who's truly brilliant; it's easier to see who's driven, which in the long run may be more important.
  • Books aren't written - they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.