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Welt in Angst (original 2004; edition 2008)

by Michael Crichton, Ulrike Wasel

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Member:JanOverbeck
Title:Welt in Angst
Authors:Michael Crichton
Other authors:Ulrike Wasel
Info:Mchen : Goldmann, 2008.
Collections:Your library, Gelesen, 2013
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Tags:Thriller

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State of Fear by Michael Crichton (2004)

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    Sphere by Michael Crichton (jpers36)
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    Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: A rebuttal to Michael Crichton's State of Fear.
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    Global Warming and Other Bollocks by Stanley Feldman (footysphere)
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    Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: We know the climate is changing, but which way? These books take opposite viewpoints.
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So the thing about State of Fear is this: Although a Crichton book, it just doesnt move as quick as the others. And coupled with near 20 pages of bibliography, this book is really a treatise disguised as a novel. I should also mention, if you happen to be a left wing diehard about saving the environment because global warming is destroying us all, and you have a closed mind on this subject...it is best to let this book slip by.

There is a chapter that sums up what this book means. In it, a main character is having a dialog with a crazed professor as he explains the concept of Fear and how it is always needed to cull the populace. Going back a bunch of years: wars, depression, more wars, a colder war than the rest... Once the wall fell down, there was no more looming threat. Enter the Global Warming theory.

This novel drives the point using facts of scientific research to disprove this theory and that the global climate is too complex to attribute to humans (although we may well be affecting it somehow).

Therefore, the story centers around the NERF and some eco terrorists from the ELF, and some philanthropists and lawyers. It is a polluted story as new characters get thrown in, and then change and relationships modify and change etc. I felt that the changes happened too quick and for being drastic character upheavals, reactions did not match. There also seemed to be a lot of leading on and mixing things up with no ultimate payoff because the status of certain characters just remained the same.

This story centers around LA and San Francisco, but also takes the characters to Antarctica and the Solomon Islands. The "prologue" introduces charactrers and research that really arent touched again other than much furhter on in the story when the terrorists are using the research. Nothing is explained about the people involved or that the deaths meant anything one way or another. It felt a bit sloppy for Crichton to be honest. And at 580 pages (including two short appendices, excluding the bibliography), that is jsut a lot of pages and things to be going on, with no wrapping up. If it cant be done in 500 pages, then maybe things should be chopped out.

Ultimately, i didnt mind where the book went. I am not sure i believe that global warming is our fault as the earth has been warmer in the past and since everything is always in flux it is crazy to think this warming trend isnt jsut part of the natural order. Crichton gives some convincing evidence that it is all a farce. Only time will tell who is actually right, but if it comes to light that this is all just a way to keep people in fear...history will once again have repeated itself (see Appendix 1 and 2). ( )
  T4NK | Sep 30, 2014 |
Oh my, did this book suck. Coming from the author of Jurassic Park...I really thought that it would be a good--if not terribly challenging--book. Instead, I have to read the same droll argument every three to four pages between two characters discussing the legitimacy of global warming (one character convincing the other it isn't true). Well, it only took that character 3/4 of the book to agree that global warming was a total conspiracy of the environmental organizations...and then it was time to have the same conversations with other hard to convince characters.

Not entertaining in the least. In fact I wonder if he actually just got bored of writing, and decided to copy and paste, repeatedly.

Throw in some trips on a private jet all over the world from Antarctica (where characters almost froze to death) to an island off New Guinea (where they were almost eaten alive) to tiny octopi who have the power to paralyze someone within hours...

Don't waste your time, and certainly not your money on this book. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Oh my, did this book suck. Coming from the author of Jurassic Park...I really thought that it would be a good--if not terribly challenging--book. Instead, I have to read the same droll argument every three to four pages between two characters discussing the legitimacy of global warming (one character convincing the other it isn't true). Well, it only took that character 3/4 of the book to agree that global warming was a total conspiracy of the environmental organizations...and then it was time to have the same conversations with other hard to convince characters.

Not entertaining in the least. In fact I wonder if he actually just got bored of writing, and decided to copy and paste, repeatedly.

Throw in some trips on a private jet all over the world from Antarctica (where characters almost froze to death) to an island off New Guinea (where they were almost eaten alive) to tiny octopi who have the power to paralyze someone within hours...

Don't waste your time, and certainly not your money on this book. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
excellent ( )
  jsopcich | May 19, 2014 |
This book got me started on Torrey House. I figured two could play this game. ( )
  torreyhouse | Jan 24, 2014 |
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There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. - Mark Twain
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Introduction. In late 2003, at the Sustainable Earth Summit conference in Johannesburg, the Pacific island nation of Vanutu announced that it was preparing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States over global warming.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061015733, Mass Market Paperback)

Amazon.com Exclusive Content

A Michael Crichton Timeline
Amazon.com reveals a few facts about the "father of the techno-thriller."

1942: John Michael Crichton is born in Chicago, Illinois on Oct. 23.

1960: Crichton graduates from Roslyn High School on Long Island, New York, with high marks and a reputation as a star basketball player. He decides to attend Harvard University to study English. During his studies, he rankles under his writing professors' criticism. As an act of rebellion, Crichton submits an essay by George Orwell as his own. The professor doesn’t catch the plagiarism and gives Orwell a B-. This experience convinces Crichton to change his field of study to anthropology.

1964: Crichton graduates summa cum laude from Harvard University in anthropology. After studying further as a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University and receiving the Henry Russell Shaw Travelling Fellowship, which allowed him to travel in Europe and North Africa, Crichton begins coursework at the Harvard School of Medicine. To help fund his medical endeavors, he writes spy thrillers under several pen names. One of these works, A Case of Need, wins the 1968 Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award.

1969: Crichton graduates from Harvard Medical school and is accepted as a post-doctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Science in La Jolla, Calif. However, his career in medicine is waylaid by the publication of the first novel under his own name, The Andromeda Strain. The novel, about an apocalyptic plague, climbs high on bestseller lists and is later made into a popular film. Crichton said of his decision to pursue writing full time: "To quit medicine to become a writer struck most people like quitting the Supreme Court to become a bail bondsman."

1972: Crichton's second novel under his own name The Terminal Man, is published. Also, two of Crichton's previous works under his pen names, Dealing and A Case of Need are made into movies. After watching the filming, Crichton decides to try his hand at directing. He will eventually direct seven films including the 1973 science-fiction hit Westworld, which was the first film ever to use computer-generated effects.

1980: Crichton draws on his anthropology background and fascination with new technology to create Congo, a best-selling novel about a search for industrial diamonds and a new race of gorillas. The novel, patterned after the adventure writings of H. Ryder Haggard, updates the genre with the inclusion of high-tech gadgets that, although may seem quaint 20 years later, serve to set Crichton's work apart and he begins to cement his reputation as "the father of the techno-thriller."

1990: After the 1980s, which saw the publication of the underwater adventure Sphere (1987) and an invitation to become a visiting writer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988), Crichton begins the new decade with a bang via the publication of his most popular novel, Jurassic Park. The book is a powerful example of Crichton's use of science and technology as the bedrock for his work. Heady discussion of genetic engineering, chaos theory, and paleontology run throughout the tightly-wound thriller that strands a crew of scientists on an island populated by cloned dinosaurs run amok. The novel inspires the 1993 Steven Spielberg film, and together book and film will re-ignite the world’s fascination with dinosaurs.

1995: Crichton resurrects an idea from his medical school days to create the Emmy-Award Winning television series ER. In this year, ER won eight Emmys and Crichton received an award from the Producers Guild of America in the category of outstanding multi-episodic series. Set in an insanely busy an often dangerous Chicago emergency room, the fast-paced drama is defined by Crichton's now trademark use of technical expertise and insider jargon. The year also saw the publication of The Lost World returning readers to the dinosaur-infested island.

2000: In recognition for Crichton's contribution in popularizing paleontology, a dinosaur discovered in southern China is named after him. "Crichton's ankylosaur" is a small, armored plant-eating dinosaur that dates to the early Jurassic Period, about 180 million years ago. "For a person like me, this is much better than an Academy Award," Crichton said of the honor.

2004: Crichton’s newest thriller State of Fear is published.


Amazon.com's Significant Seven
Michael Crichton kindly agreed to take the life quiz we like to give to all our authors: the Amazon.com Significant Seven.

Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: Prisoners of Childhood by Alice Miller

Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Witter Bynner version)
Symphony #2 in D Major by Johannes Brahms (Georg Solti)
Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa

Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: Surely you're joking.

Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: Small room. Shades down. No daylight. No disturbances. Macintosh with a big screen. Plenty of coffee. Quiet.

Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: I don't want an epitaph. If forced, I would say "Why Are You Here? Go Live Your Life."

Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: Benjamin Franklin

Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be?
A: Invisibility

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In Paris, a graduate student in a secret laboratory reveals a powerful new technology to a beautiful and mysterious woman. A few hours later, the student is drugged and dumped in a river. Radical environmental terrorists are launching a fanatical campaign--and the very future of the world they seek to protect may be at stake. Only MIT scientist and federal agent John Kenner can stop the deadly plot before the terrifying consequences are realized--and millions die.… (more)

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