Almost unnoticed today, the death of Michael Crichton, an author who was the inspiration behind a wide variety of media texts, from Westworld, The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and Time Line to ER, the second-best medical drama.
Crichton always published books that were stuffed with contemporary issues, usually relating to cutting-edge scientific developments. He usually combined genres – science fiction thriller, for example. His books were fast-paced, well-informed, and sometimes controversial, as in the case of Climate of Fear, his debunking of the anthropogenic global warming movement. He predicted in that book, four years ago, that the rhetoric around climate change would shift from, “In a hundred years…” to ,”Sudden onset rapid change…” which is exactly what happened.