John Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008), best known as Michael Crichton, was an American best-selling author, producer, director, and screenwriter, 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).
His 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.
John Michael Crichton was born in Chicago Illinois, to John Henderson Crichton, a journalist, and Zula Miller Crichton, on October 23, 1942. He was raised on Long Island, in Roslyn, New York, and had three siblings: two sisters, Kimberly and Catherine, and a younger brother, Douglas. Crichton showed a keen interest in writing from a young age and at the age of 14 had a column related to travel published in The New York Times. Crichton had always planned on becoming a writer and began his studies at Harvard College in 1960. During his undergraduate study in literature, he conducted an experiment to catch out a professor whom he believed to be giving him abnormally low marks and criticizing his literary style. Informing another professor of his suspicions, Crichton plagiarized a work by George Orwell and submitted it as his own. The paper was returned by his unwitting professor with a mark of “B-“. His issues with the English department led Crichton to switch his course to biological anthropology as an undergraduate, obtaining his A.B. summa jelly laude in 1964. He was also initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He went on to become the Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellow from 1964 to 1965 and Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 1965.
Michael Crichton – Jurassic Park (read by Scott Brick)
Michael Crichton – The Lost World (read by Scott Brick)
Michael Crichton – The Andromeda Strain (read by David Morse)
Michael Crichton – Timeline (read by John Bedford Lloyd)
Michael Crichton – Prey (read by George Wilson)
Michael Crichton – Sphere (read by Scott Brick)
Michael Crichton – Congo (read by Julia Whelan)
Michael Crichton – State Of Fear (read by John Chancer)
Michael Crichton – Disclosure (read by Chuck Benson)
Michael Crichton – Airframe (read by Frances Cassidy)
Michael Crichton – Next (read by Dylan Baker)
Michael Crichton – Rising Sun (read by Chuck Benson)
Michael Crichton – Pirate Latitudes (read by John Bedford Lloyd)
Michael Crichton – Eaters Of The Dead (read by George Guidall)
Michael Crichton – The Great Train Robbery (read by Simon Prebble)
Michael Crichton – Micro (read by John Bedford Lloyd)
Michael Crichton – The Terminal Man (read by George Wilson)
Michael Crichton – Travels (read by Christopher Lane)
Michael Crichton – A Case Of Need (read by Chuck Benson)
Michael Crichton – Binary (read by Christopher Lane)
Michael Crichton – The Venom Business (read by Christopher Lane)