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Old Nov 05, 2008, 02:07 PM
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Author Michael Crichton died Tuesday

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...n4575403.shtml

Sad. I had no idea he was fighting cancer. I really liked his work.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 02:10 PM
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I, too, love his books. Very Sad.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 02:13 PM
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That is sad. He was a relatively young guy.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 02:17 PM
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mid 60's not to young. But Cancer doesn't care about age.

He did some fine science fiction.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 02:17 PM
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Sad to here this news.

Enjoyed his books for sure. He will be missed.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 02:22 PM
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I just posted a thread on this as well, then saw yours, so I'll just post here.

I am incredibly picky when it comes to what I'll read, so Crichtons passing is quite sad for me, as he's one of my top 3, and now all of my top 3 favorites are now dead. This guy knew how to write a great book, I'll miss his work.

Now I have to find someone new to read, what a bummer.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 04:13 PM
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I just posted a thread on this as well, then saw yours, so I'll just post here.
Thanks. There are some great lectures on his website also, but I have not been able to get on his site today.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 05:01 PM
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I just posted a thread on this as well, then saw yours, so I'll just post here.

I am incredibly picky when it comes to what I'll read, so Crichtons passing is quite sad for me, as he's one of my top 3, and now all of my top 3 favorites are now dead. This guy new how to write a great book, I'll miss his work.

Now I have to find someone new to read, what a bummer.
Who are the other two?

Most people do not realize that he was likely the most successful sci-fi writer ever, in terms of earned cash.

He was a good writer, and liked to pull out some good ideas.

He was not in my top ten, but I did read him on occasion, and did enjoy his work.

I think ER was the best thing he ever did, but he did a huge amount of tv, besides the many wonderful novels and movies.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 05:41 PM
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Edgar Allen Poe and Hunter S. Thompson, in no particular order (it was a 3 way tie I suppose). I wish Hunter had stuck around long enough to see this election, would've been great to get his point of view.

I'd certainly agree about him being one of the most successful sci-fi writers. I know Stephen King has more books to movies, but I find a lot of Kings work to be somewhat predictable, where as I usually had to finish Crichtons books in one or two sittings cause it would suck me in so hard. Most of Crichtons movies were really well done too...I've seen some King movies that were quite B grade (usually good for humor though).

I must admit though, Crichtons last book, NEXT, had some odd things in it and seemed a bit rushed (maybe cause he was worried about his cancer?), but I still liked it. Sphere is probably my favorite of his, it was the first work of his I read when I was younger.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 05:45 PM
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I'll have to read this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Travels-Michae...5924988&sr=8-7

I remember an excerpt regarding his psychic experiences.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 06:12 PM
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Shew...what a loss. I really lived his work. Airframe is great read for the aero-leaning type...
RIP
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 06:33 PM
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Loved his combination of science and fiction. It's funny that after reading Next, I wondered how many books he had left in him. He will be missed.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 07:40 PM
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His writing was only so-so for me, or more accurately hit & miss, but his ideas....


Man, was he the "BIG IDEA" guy.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 07:53 PM
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To bad, great books.
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Old Nov 05, 2008, 08:08 PM
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Sad to hear. Will miss his work
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