Michael Crichton

Updated Thursday, 18 October, 2012

Michael Crichton is probably one of the most well-known authors alive today. He's written books that have been turned into movies such as The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Disclosure, Eaters of the Dead (the movie was called The 13th Warrior), The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, its sequel, The Lost World, Rising Sun, Sphere, The Terminal Man, Timeline, and Twister. He's also done some original screenplays that don't have accompanying books, such as Looker, Runaway, and Westworld. He even wrote a screenplay that ended up being the pilot episode of E.R. For all books that are also movies, I've included links to the movies, as well as the books.

Books I've Read by Michael Crichton

(I haven't read this book, yet) Airframe (Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
AirframeThree passengers are dead. Fifty-six are injured. The interior cabin virtually destroyed. But the pilot manages to land the plane. . . .

At a moment when the issue of safety and death in the skies is paramount in the public mind, a lethal midair disaster aboard a commercial twin-jet airliner bound from Hong Kong to Denver triggers a pressured and frantic investigation.

Airframe is nonstop reading: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton landmark since The Andromeda Strain. (book description)
(I haven't read this book, yet) The Andromeda Strain (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) or (DVD) or (DVD)
Andromeda Strain Andromeda Strain Andromeda Strain

The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outerfringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study.<" One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona.

Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont,a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.

The terror has begun . . . (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) Coma (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (novel by Robin Cook) or (DVD)
Coma Coma

Based on the novel by Robin Cook: after her best friend falls into a coma during routine surgery, Dr. Susan Wheeler discovers similar cases at her prestigious Boston hospital. But as her investigation unfolds, Susan uncovers a horrific conspiracy--and suddenly finds herself marked for death. (movie description)

Congo (Mass Market Paperback) or (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) or (DVD)
Congo Congo

Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists is mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.

Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies--all motionless except for one moving image--a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 "signs," the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to fingerpaint. But recently, her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642 . . . a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition--along with Amy--is sent into the Congo where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death . . . (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) Disclosure (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) or (DVD)
Disclosure Disclosure

A brutal struggle in the cutthroat computer industry . . . A shattering psychological game of cat and mouse . . . A shocking accusation that threatens to derail a brilliant career . . . These are the electrifying elements of the novel by the author of The Lost World and Jurassic Park. It is Michael Crichton at his galvanizing best . . . .

An up-and-coming executive at the computer firm DigiCam, Tom Sanders is a man whose corporate future is certain. But after a closed-door meeting with his new boss--a woman who is his former lover and has been promoted to the position he expected to have--Sanders finds himself caught in a nightmarish web of deceit in which he is branded the villain.

As Sanders scrambles to defend himself, he uncovers an electronic trail into the company's secrets--and begins to grasp that a cynical and manipulative scheme has been devised to bring him down . . . . (book description)

Eaters of the Dead (a.k.a. The 13th Warrior) (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) or (DVD)
Eaters of the Dead The 13th Warrior

In A.D. 922 Ibn Fadlan, the representative of the ruler of Bagdad, City of Peace, crosses the Caspian sea and journeys up the valley of the Volga on a mission to the King of Saqaliba. Before he arrives, he meets with Buliwyf, a powerful Viking chieftain who is summoned by his besieged relatives to the North. Buliwyf must return to Scandanavia and save his countrymen and families from the monsters of the mist . . . . (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) Electronic Life (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
Electronic Life

In the early 80's the computer began to take on a more important role in business, in education and in the home. The primary obstacle between computer manufacturer and user was language. People thought computers were too complicated and of benefit only to those specially trained in its use. Words that have now become part of our vernacular like "hard drive," "floppy disk" and "application" appeared to be a foreign language. Michael Crichton saw the need for an easy-to-understand guide explaining the new world of computers to "regular people." Electronic Life was created as a layman's guide to computers. It explained simply, concisely and without jargon what computers really are, how to choose them, how to use them, how to think about them, how to live with them, how to get them to help you, how to keep them in their place, how to enjoy the, It described step-by-step instructions on what to do when you first approach a new computer to sound advice on how to stop your computer from causing trouble in the family. His message: Don't be afraid of them, they're only machines, they're here to make your life easier, and, what's more, they can be a lot of fun. (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) Five Patients (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
Five Patients

A construction worker in his fifties is seriously injured in the collapse of a scaffold . . . A middle-aged railroad dispatcher develops a high fever that makes him wildly delirious . . . A young worker nearly severs his hand from his arm in an accident . . . A woman traveling alone has persistent chest pain and is treated by a doctor on a TV screen . . . A mother of three is diagnosed with a deadly disease . . . .

Bestselling author of Timeline and Airframe and creator of the television series, ER, Michael Crichton, himself a medical doctor, takes us to the emergency rooms and consulting offices, operating rooms, and patient bedsides at Massachusetts General Hospital. There, doctors, nurses, medical students, and technicians work to heal five patients, whos stories are told with all the suspense, technological detail, and excitement that have made Crichtons novels #1 bestsellers. (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) The Great Train Robbery (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) or (DVD)
The Great Train Robbery The Great Train Robbery

Lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side in Victorian London--and Edward Pierce easily navigates both worlds. Rich, handsome, and ingenious, he charms the city's most prominent citizens even as he plots the crime of his century--the daring theft of a fortune in gold.

But even Pierce could not predict the consequences of an extraordinary robbery that targets the pride of England's industrial era: the mighty steam locomotive. Based on remarkable fact, and alive with the gripping suspense, surprise, and authenticity that are his trademark, Michael Crichton's classic adventure is a breathtaking thrill-ride that races along tracks of steel at breakneck speed. (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) Jasper Johns (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns has often been called an "artist's artist." In his use of found objects and commonplace imagery, he creates tantalizing, intellectually demanding works of unparalleled orginality and uncommon beauty. His new work, with its pun, optical illusions, and embedded images ranging from George Ohr pots to the "Isenheim Altarpiece" to Picasso etchings, has attracted an unprecedented level of intense critical attention.

Crichton, who has known Johns and collected his work for more than twenty years, offers a dazzling succession of intimate glimpses of John's potent and seemingly contradictory aspects, many of them highlighted by interviews with the artist, his dealers, and distinguished contemporary critics. He also conducts a powerful, sensitive, and wide-reaching cirtique of John's work--and in so doing offers an intriguing investigation into the very nature of the artistic response.

Accompanying Crichton's text are 186 black-and-white illustrations, including works by Johns, photographs of him and comparative examples. Then comes a spectacular display of 231 paintings, prints, sculptures, and drawings by Jasper Johns, ranging from his earliest pieces to his most recent works, some forty years later. Of these, 128 are reproduced in duotone and 103 in full color, including six magnificent foldout pages--the most lavish view of the artist's work ever assembled between book covers.

Meticulous scholarship supports this presentation of Jasper Johns by Michael Crichton in every respect. Notes, a selected bibliography, and in index of illustrated works complete this extraordinary volume--a book for the layman, for the art specialist, and for all who love contemporary art. (book description)

(I haven't seen this movie, yet) Looker (VHS -- sorry, no DVD available)

Beautiful models are murdered after undergoing mysteriously precise cosmetic surgery. A woman uncovers a plot to replace real people with computer generated images in this action thriller. (movie description)

Prey (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)

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. (book description)

Rising Sun (Paperback Edition) or (Hardcover edition) or (DVD)
Rising Sun Rising Sun

On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto Tower in downtown L.A.--the new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomerate--a grand opening celebration is in full swing.

On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the dead body of a beautiful young woman is discovered.

The investigation begins . . . and immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue . . . a no-holds-barred conflict in which control of a vital American technology is the fiercely coveted prize--and the Japanese saying "business is war" takes on a terrifying reality . . . . (book description)

(I haven't seen this movie, yet) Runaway (DVD)

A tough cop investigates a series of killings by a madman who converts consumer robots into ruthless assassins. (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) Sphere (Mass Market Paperback) or (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) or (DVD)
Sphere Sphere

A group of American scientists are rushed to a huge vessel that has been discovered resting on the ocean floor in the middle of the South Pacific. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently, undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old . . . . (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) State of Fear (Hardcover edition)
State of Fear

In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor.

In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications.
In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters off New Guinea.
And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means.

Thus begins Michael Crichton's exciting and provocative techno-thriller State of Fear. Only Crichton's unique ability to blend scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction could bring such disparate elements to a heart-stopping conclusion.

This is Crichton's most wide-ranging thriller. State of Fear takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles. The novel races forward on a roller-coaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. Gripping and thought-provoking, State of Fear is Michael Crichton at his very best. (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) The Terminal Man (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) or (VHS -- sorry, no DVD)
The Terminal Man The Terminal Man

Harry Benson is prone to violent, uncontrollable seizures and is under police guard after attacking two people.

Dr. Roger McPherson, head of the prestigious Neuropsychiatric Research Unit at University Hospital in Los Angeles, is convinced he can cure Benson through a procedure called Stage Three. During this highly specialized experimental surgery, electrodes will be place in the patient's brain, sending monitored, soothing pulses to its pleasure canyons.

Though the operation is a success, there is an unforseen development. Benson learns how to control the pulses and is increasing their frequency. He escapes--a homicidal maniac loose in the city--and nothing will stop his murderous rampages or impede his deadly agenda . . . (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) Timeline (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) or (DVD)
Timeline Timeline

In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival--six hundred years ago . . . . (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) Travels (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)

Fueled by a powerful curiosity--and by a need to see and feel and hear, firsthand and close-up--Michael Crichton's travels have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling. This is a record of those travels--an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction. (book description)

Twister (DVD)

Two scientists pursue the most destructive weatherfront to sweep through mid-America's Tornado Alley in 50 years. By launching electronic sensors into the funnel, the storm chasers hope to obtain enough data to create an improved warning system. But to do so, they must intercept the twister's deadly path. (book description)

(I haven't seen this movie, yet) Westworld (DVD) or (DVD)
Westworld Westworld

Two businessmen vacation in a recreated 1880's frontier town, with realistic robot inhabitants. But when a programming error causes the androids to turn deadly, the two men are involved in a horrific battle for their lives against a gunslinger who is as lethal as he is unstoppable. (book description)

Jurassic Park Trilogy (DVD)
Jurassic Park Trilogy

Includes Jurassic Park (Widescreen Collector's Edition), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Widescreen Collector's Edition), and Jurassic Park III (Widescreen Collector's Edition). (product description)

  1. (I haven't read this book, yet) Jurassic Park III (Junior Novelization) (Paperback) (adapted by Scott Ciencin) or (DVD) (by Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor -- screenwriters)
    Jurassic Park III Jurassic Park III

    Posing as wealthy tourists, an adventurous couple (William H. Macy, Téa Leoni) convince paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and his protégé (Allesandro Nivola) to act as tour guides on a flyover trip to Isla Sorna, the ill-fated "Site B" where all hell broke loose in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. In truth, they're on a search-and-rescue mission to find their missing son (Trevor Morgan), and their plane crash is just the first of several enjoyably suspenseful sequences. Director Joe Johnston (October Sky) embraces the formulaic plot as a series of atmospheric set pieces, placing new and familiar dinosaurs in misty rainforests, fiery lakes, and mysterious valleys, turning Jurassic Park III into a thrill ride with impressive highlights (including a T. rex versus spinosaurus smack-down), adequate doses of wry humor (from the cowriters of Election), and an upbeat ending that's corny but appropriate, proving that the symptoms of sequelitis needn't be fatal. (DVD description)

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