Michael Crichton - f.1942 - alias John Lange alias
Jeffrey Hudson - "tekno-trillerens fader" har udgivet bøger siden 1971. I
forløbet uddannelse som antrolog og læge. Hertil kommer computerstudier og
færdigheder. Vandt 1994 en Oscar for computer-film-teknik. Modtog en Emmy i 1995
for sin produktion af ER. Hans helt store talent består i at indsamle, omslutte
og beskrive nye emner i nærmest maniske tempi og faktuelle højdepunkter. Talrige
bestsellers som Akut tilfælde, Den elektriske mand, Det store togrøveri, Congo,
Kuglen, Solen stiger, Jurassic Park, Afsløring, Den forsvundne verden samt
Airframe og Timeline. Filmmanus til Twister med sin hustru. Hertil kommer
kunsterbiografi (Jasper Johns) og rejsebeskrivelser fra hans mange eksotiske
rejsemål. Sjælden multi-begavet forfatter, hvorfra der kan forventes mere.
Emnerne er globale og scenen er hele verden. Et sjældent
Michael Crichton - was born in Chicago, in 1942.
He went the Harvard Medical School. After graduating, Crichton embarked on a
career as a writer and filmmaker. Called "the father of the techno-thriller,"
his novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo,
Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, and the sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World. He
has also written four books of nonfiction, including Five Patients, Jasper
Johns, and his autobiography, Travels.
His novels have been translated
into at least twenty languages. Many have been made into films, including the
phenominally successful Jurassic Park. Crichton has directed six films, among
them Westworld, Coma, and The Great Train Robbery. Always interested in
computers, he once ran a software company, FilmTrack, and made a computer game,
Amazon. His film, Westworld, has the distinction of being the first feature film
to employ digitized images in 1973.
In Crichton's early works most of
his books deal with preexisting literary forms. The Andromeda Strain is
influenced by H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. Congo plays with Sir Henry
Rider Haggard's classic King Solomon's Mines. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
inspired The Terminal Man, and Eaters of the Dead is swayed by Beowulf. Crichton
said in an interview with Andrea Chambers of People Weekly, "The challenge is
revitalizing the old forms." In most of his recent works though, he challenges
his audience to think about topics of concern in our day to day culture. From
the Japanese, in Rising Sun, to the topic of a man being sexually harassed in
the novel Disclosure.
A more than well-gifted writer..... a great
entertainer, who can switch the scene.