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John Michael Crichton, known as Michael Crichton, was born on October 28, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He wrote novels while attending Harvard University and Harvard Medical School to help pay the tuition. One of these, The Andromeda Strain, which was published in 1969, became a bestseller. After graduating summa cum laude, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute in California before becoming a full-time writer and film director. His carefully researched novels included Eaters of the Dead, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Lost World, Airframe, and Micro. He also wrote non-fiction works including Five Patients: The Hospital Explained, Jasper Johns, and Travels. In the late 1960s, he also wrote under the pen names Jeffrey Hudson and John Lange. He has received several awards including Writer of the Year in 1970 from the Association of American Medical Writers and two Edgar Awards in 1968 and in 1979. Many of his novels have been made into highly successful films, six of which he directed. He was also the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series ER. In addition to his writing and directorial success, his expertise in information science enabled him to run a software company and develop a computer game. He died of cancer on November 4, 2008 at the age of 66. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Michael Crichton also wrote under the pseudonyms John Lange and Jeffery Hudson, during his medical studies. He also co-authored one book with his brother Douglas under the pen name Michael Douglas.

Jurassic Park 18,130 copies, 285 reviews
Timeline 12,360 copies, 176 reviews
The Lost World 9,192 copies, 80 reviews
The Andromeda Strain 9,159 copies, 136 reviews
Prey 9,082 copies, 136 reviews
Sphere 8,907 copies, 105 reviews
State of Fear 7,998 copies, 138 reviews
Congo 7,311 copies, 92 reviews
Airframe 6,645 copies, 84 reviews
Next 6,460 copies, 162 reviews
Rising Sun 4,984 copies, 48 reviews
Disclosure 4,916 copies, 49 reviews
Eaters of the Dead 4,560 copies, 72 reviews
Pirate Latitudes 3,831 copies, 164 reviews
The Great Train Robbery 3,387 copies, 50 reviews
The Terminal Man 3,286 copies, 36 reviews
A Case of Need 2,924 copies, 41 reviews
Micro 1,956 copies, 71 reviews
Travels 1,253 copies, 22 reviews
Dragon Teeth 1,182 copies, 50 reviews
Jurassic Park [1993 film] (Screenwriter) 652 copies, 6 reviews
Binary 427 copies, 5 reviews
The Andromeda Evolution (Author) 414 copies, 18 reviews
Twister [1996 film] (Screenwriter; Producer) 399 copies, 2 reviews
Jurassic Park III [2001 film] (Author) 353 copies, 2 reviews
Grave Descend 272 copies, 8 reviews
Zero Cool 244 copies, 7 reviews
The 13th Warrior [1999 film] (Author) 232 copies, 3 reviews
Jurassic Park Trilogy (Author) 209 copies, 1 review
Easy Go 185 copies, 10 reviews
Westworld (Author) 168 copies, 1 review
Timeline [2003 film] (Author) 147 copies
Drug of Choice 127 copies, 9 reviews
Scratch One 121 copies, 6 reviews
Twister [original screenplay] (Author) 112 copies, 1 review
Jasper Johns 111 copies, 1 review
The Venom Business 106 copies, 7 reviews
Odds On 101 copies, 6 reviews
Congo / Jurassic Park 91 copies, 1 review
Electronic Life 88 copies, 1 review
Westworld [1973 film] (Director) 84 copies, 2 reviews
Jurassic Park (Graphic Novel) 71 copies, 2 reviews
ER: The Complete First Season (Creator) 62 copies
The First Great Train Robbery [1979 film] (Director) 52 copies, 2 reviews
Disclosure / Rising Sun 42 copies, 1 review
ER: The Complete Second Season 38 copies, 1 review
ER: The Complete Fourth Season (Creator) 29 copies
Runaway [1984 Film] (Director) 28 copies
Coma [1978 film] (Director) 22 copies
ER: The Complete Sixth Season (Creator) 20 copies
Looker [1981 film] (Director) 11 copies
4 Film Favorites: Horror (Director) 4 copies
Overkill 3 copies
Blood Doesn't Come Out (Author) 3 copies
Rising Sun (audio abridged) 2 copies, 1 review
Pursuit 1 copy
5 Books (Author) 1 copy
Plijen 1 copy
The Lost World (Introduction, some editions) 4,156 copies, 94 reviews
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (Contributor) 1,397 copies, 18 reviews
Approaching Oblivion (Foreword, some editions) 634 copies, 9 reviews
The Andromeda Strain [2008 TV mini series] (Original book) 21 copies, 1 review

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Michael Crichton was born in Chicago in 1942. His novels include Next, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. He was also the creator of the television series ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been made into thirteen films, and translated in thirty-six languages. He died in 2008.
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Michael Crichton also wrote under the pseudonyms John Lange and Jeffery Hudson, during his medical studies. He also co-authored one book with his brother Douglas under the pen name Michael Douglas.

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