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Welt in Angst by Michael Crichton

Welt in Angst (original 2004; edition 2008)

by Michael Crichton, Ulrike Wasel

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

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State of Fear by Michael Crichton (2004)

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This is really a half/half book. Half of this book is an adventure thriller, and half is a boring lecture (complete with graphs!) about the lack of scientific evidence for global warming. I wish they had been separate! And this is the second book I've read where a murder weapon has been a poisonous octopus! What the? Still, I do agree with the "state of fear" concept, and I am glad I read it. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
Overall, this was very boring. I get it Crichton, you have an agenda to push, but you could at least do so in an interesting manner that makes sense. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Denies climate change. ( )
  Mairsiedoats | Nov 25, 2015 |
Michael Crichton at his best. In the guise of a thriller he makes persuasive arguments that the theory of global Warming is pseudo-science and probably is so popular because human kind lives in a state of fear. We live so because of our genes, I would posit, in that as ancient savannah dwellers upon hearing a whisper in the tall grasses around us we could not tell if it was the wind or a tracking lion and our best bet was to assume it to be a lion making the noise. But in today's world we have better ways of determining if it is indeed a lion we just need to approach the problem as objectively as possible rather than maiking immediate assukmptions and then never changing no matter the input of objective evidence. ( )
  WhitmelB | Oct 17, 2015 |
The first 4 or 5 chapters are completely autonomous, none having any relation to each other. It seems this is the style of Crichton, but even though I knew eventually they would all meld together with relevance, it was a long time in coming. So long, in fact, that I found myself having to backtrack to remember the who, what and how. Next comes the repetitive and constant barrage of off-putting technical jargon, followed by nonsensical environmental issues that went on and on in complete overkill which I did not feel was at all necessary to the story. Bad guys want to change climate; I get it. I dont need to know what they ate for breakfast. It was as if the author contracted to do a certain number of pages and used extensive filler to attain that quota. Massive let down after so many truly great books by this author ( )
  brucemmoyer | Jul 18, 2015 |
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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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