Michael Crichton loses battle with cancer

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  1. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    On his website:

    Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a courageous and private battle against cancer.

    While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes. He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.

    Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand.

    He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world.

    Michael's family respectfully asks for privacy during this difficult time.

    A private funeral service is expected, but no further details will be released to the public.


    http://www.michaelcrichton.net/aboutmichaelcrichton-inmemoriam.html

    Damn. I really loved reading his works. :( He had a book coming out soon. I wonder if he finished it.
     
  2. JLatte macrumors 6502

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    I had no idea he had cancer. He was an author whose books I loved to read when I was in school. R.I.P.
     
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    Wow - I used to read his books regularly when I was younger. R.I.P. :(
     
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    Very sad. I love Jurassic Park (both the book and movie).

    Just a few things he's responsible for ...

    Andromeda Strain
    Congo
    Twister
    Jurassic Park
    E.R.
     
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    I loved Sphere :eek:

    Cancer is something usually kept private. Not really something one would want to display to the world or watch. Its about as ugly as it gets.
     
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    I'm completely dumbfounded; I had no idea he was sick.

    Very sad news. :(
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Neither did I. Agreed, he was a great author and died much to young.
     
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    You missed the best one: Prey

    That's really awful, I loved every one of his books I read (which is most of them :rolleyes: )
     
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    very sad to hear .. sure liked his books a lot
     
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    He was a great author and his storytelling will be missed.

    Sphere was the first of his books that I read, it was great. Went on to read others.


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    Ill miss his wonderful story telling. I much preferred the books for Jurassic Park to the movies and Prey was awesome.....

    RIP :(
     
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    Holy ****. That's so sad.

    I'm going to have to dig up my copy of Jurassic Park or Andromeda Strain and re-read it.

    Even when his stories got a bit convoluted (the one about global warming!) he was always so great at providing an ethical quandry in a thought provoking manner, and still delivered on suspenseful thrills. There are few authors with that level of skill, and he will be missed.
     
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    That's so sad. I didn't know he had cancer. Anybody knows what kind of cancer.

    Anyway, I'll miss his books. I always bought them as audiobooks for my commute. Saw a him giving a talk and I think he's an exceptionally intelligent person.
     
  15. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Me too.

    Shame they made such awful films of Congo and Sphere.
     
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    Just like many others I am surprised to hear this - very sad news. An excellent story-teller with a multi-faceted imagination. RIP.
     
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    I wonder how many more great books he could have given us.
     
  18. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, that does suck.
    I remember after seeing jurassic park running out to buy the book.
    I quickly fell in love with his writing style. He had a great ability to tell stories in a very descriptive and detailed way. He also would introduce and incorporate cutting edge technologies.

    He has also has written for several T.V. shows like ER and others

    Books I have read by Michael Crichton
    Congo
    The Terminal Man
    The Andromeda Strain
    Sphere
    Jurassic park
     
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    I wonder if his upcoming book will still be released? Or if it was even finished?
     
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    His books actually got me into reading when I was 11. :eek: I picked up Jurassic Park because my friend bought it and said it was great. It even said on the cover of the book that they were going to turn it into a film, but after reading it, I didn't actually think it was possible. Clearly I was wrong, but the book was just so amazing that I didn't think you could capture what I read, and turn it into a film.
     
  21. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Dang, I loved his books and the movies adapted from them. Such a shame.
     
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    A.S. was my favorite movie growing up, and it's still in the top 10 sci-fi's of all time. The book was excellent, as was Terminal Man.
     
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    The one exception, by my knowledge, would be Timeline.

    The screenplay/result was less than "average", to put it as kindly as I can.
     
  24. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    you misses Timeline. Great book awful movie.

    It is sad to see him die. I loved his books. I have read quite a few of them.
     

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