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More Progress on My Book Manuscript

November 5th, 2008 (02:40 pm)

Today's word count: 1978 words

Total so far: 9,035 words

In other writing-related news, I just saw this online:

'Jurassic Park' Author Michael Crichton Dies at 66

(Nov. 5) -- Author Michael Crichton, who had a stretch of best-sellers with The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, and Disclosure, has died at 66.

The author's Web site said Crichton passed away "after a courageous and private battle against cancer."

His site continues: "While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes. He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."

"Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand. He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world."

According to Wikipedia, Crichton sold over 150 million books worldwide. Some of his other smash titles which combined the worlds of medicine and science fiction include
The Andromeda Strain, Coma, Sphere and Congo.

Crichton's medical background -- he was a graduate of Harvard Medical School -- wound up being a foundation of his science-based dramas. It also served him well for the TV hit
ER, which he created in 1994. Crichton received an Emmy for the show in 1996.

ER, which went on to be TV's highest-rated show, was co-produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Spielberg directed the big screen adaptation of Jurassic Park as well as its sequel, The Lost World.


Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: November 6th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)

Go Cathy go!

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