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Michael Crichton er død

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InnleggSkrevet: 10 11 08 12:35    Tittel: Michael Crichton er død Svar med Sitat

Det var trist å lese at en av mine yndlingsforfattere Michael Crichton, er død. Hans spesialitet var neglebitende science fact på grensen til science fiction:

Michael Crichton Dies
November 5, 2008, 12:59 pm

Michael Crichton, the author of the blockbuster science-fiction novels “Jurassic Park,” “The Andromeda Strain” and “State of Fear,” has died. He was 66. An obituary will follow on

Michael Crichton in New York in 2004.
(Photo by Jim Cooper/ The Associated Press)

UPDATE: Mr. Crichton’s family has issued the following statement:

“Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4th 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.


Hans State Of Fear ble av mange klimaskeptikere oppfattet, som et litterært bidrag til å definere noe av årsaken til deres skepsis, og Jurassic Park, begynner etterhvert å bli vitenskaplig forutseende, like så mye som "page turner"-dramatikk, ihvertfall i visse henseende.

Hvem pokker skal jeg nå lese?

UPDATE: In an email message, Steven Spielberg offered the following statement:
“Michael’s talent outscaled even his own dinosaurs of ‘Jurassic Park.’ He was the greatest at blending science with big theatrical concepts, which is what gave credibility to dinosaurs again walking the earth. In the early days, Michael had just sold ‘The Andromeda Strain’ to Robert Wise at Universal and I had recently signed on as a contract TV director there. My first assignment was to show Michael Crichton around the Universal lot. We became friends and professionally ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘ER,’ and ‘Twister’ followed. Michael was a gentle soul who reserved his flamboyant side for his novels. There is no one in the wings that will ever take his place.”


Har du lurt på om mikroskopisk nanoteknologi kan være skummel, så les Prey Shocked


In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles—micro-robots—has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton's most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence—in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can't put down.

Because time is running out.

The New York Times Book Review

"Prey" is irresistibly suspenseful. You're entertained on one level and you learn something on another....
"Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate." - Thomas Jones

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InnleggSkrevet: 10 11 08 15:22    Tittel: Svar med Sitat

RIP Michael Crichton - du var en drivende god og mangslungen forfatter.
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InnleggSkrevet: 10 11 08 15:52    Tittel: Svar med Sitat

Jeg har ikke lest noen av bøkene hans, men jeg har fått med meg hans sunne holdninger - ikke minst i klimaspørsmålet.

Her er et severdig og høyaktuelt foredrag av Crichton:

    States of Fear: Science or Politics?
    At one time, both the pseudoscientific geocentric notion of the universe (that the Earth lies at the center of the solar system) and eugenics (the racial theory to “purify” the human race) were widely accepted by leaders in science, politics, journalism, and business. Such theories were pushed by powerful interest groups that possessed highly politicized agendas driving government policies and public opinion, until ultimately both theories were disproved. Is environmental debate today, including global warming, bio-technology, and other issues, based on science or politics? Are popular accounts of such issues rooted in science or phantom risks? Are government policies focusing on the trivial while ignoring the real, and in the process wasting limited resources, crippling human innovation to address true dangers, and inviting tyranny? In discussing not just environmental issues but the increasing politicization of science itself, best-selling author Michael Crichton examines the intersection of media, politics, and science, inspiring viewers to challenge old assumptions and to search beneath the surface of issues as they seek to discover the truth. Scientists Bruce Ames (U.C. Berkeley), Sallie Baliunas (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), William Gray (Colorado State U.), and Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor show how scientific debates have been politicized by appealing to the fears of an uninformed public.
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