Saturday, November 8, 2008

In Honorable Memory...

One of the great authors and creative geniuses of our day passed away on November 4th. I figured his recognition was probably overshadowed by the elections, so I wanted to take a moment on my blog to remember him. Michael Crichton, died at age 66 due to a private battle with cancer. He is famous for his thrilling sci-fi novels "Andromeda Strain," "Jurassic Park," "The Lost World," "State of Fear," and many others. He is also the creator of "ER" and famous for his collaboration with Steven Spielberg.

I don't know why, but I have always been fascinated with Jurassic Park. I can remember when I went and saw it in the theaters with my dad and Mason. I was scared to death, but it was magical. Of course, Spielberg's CG dinosaurs were incredible, but it was really the idea-- the imagination this man had to use real scientific concepts that brought them to life-- that blew my 8 year-old mind. Spielberg has been quoted saying that Crichton had one of the most incredible talents of combining science and imagination. I am still obsessed with Jurassic Park.

Michael Crichton, the man behind the magic, is also a very interesting individual. I have particularly enjoyed his website and reading his essays and speeches. A very interesting man full of thought, wisdom, and brave opinions.

Good bye, Michael. You will be missed.

Its vision is based on movement.

It doesn't look as real to me as it used to, but this part of the movie always gives me chills-- and John Williams also deserves some credit for that.

Crichton + this guy = Magic.


Jacob said...

Crazy, I hadn't even heard of Michael Crichton until now. That kinda sucks. Spielberg!

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Tricia said...

I actually noticed this online the day of the election- maybe the day after? I also thought that it was probably overshadowed by the election. I couldn't believe it.

Afton said...

K, so I haven't really seen the movie, but I totally know what you mean about Jurassic Park! It is such a good book. I've read a lot of Michael Crichton books, and Jurassic park my favorite one by a lot. I just couldn't stop thinking about it after I read it.