John Michael Crichton (/ˈkrtən/; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American author and filmmaker. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and over a dozen have been adapted into films. His literary works heavily feature technology and are usually within the science fiction, techno-thriller, and medical fiction genres. His novels often explore technology and failures of human interaction with it, especially resulting in catastrophes with biotechnology. Many of his novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and scientific background.

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Michael Crichton
Crichton at Harvard University in 2002
BornJohn Michael Crichton
(1942-10-23)October 23, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedNovember 4, 2008(2008-11-04) (aged 66)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Pen nameJohn Lange
Jeffrey Hudson
Michael Douglas
OccupationAuthor, filmmaker
EducationHarvard University (BA, MD)
GenreAction, adventure, science fiction, techno-thriller, historical fiction, drama
Joan Radam
(m. 1965; div. 1970)

Kathy St. Johns
(m. 1978; div. 1980)

Suzanne Childs
(m. 1981; div. 1983)

(m. 1987; div. 2003)

Sherri Alexander
(m. 2005)

Crichton received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1969 but did not practice medicine, choosing to focus on his writing instead. Initially writing under a pseudonym, he eventually wrote 26 novels, including: The Andromeda Strain (1969), The Terminal Man (1972), The Great Train Robbery (1975), Congo (1980), Sphere (1987), Jurassic Park (1990), Rising Sun (1992), Disclosure (1994), The Lost World (1995), Airframe (1996), Timeline (1999), Prey (2002), State of Fear (2004), and Next (2006). Several novels, in various states of completion, were published after his death in 2008.

Crichton was also involved in the film and television industry. In 1973, he wrote and directed Westworld, the first film to utilize 2D computer-generated imagery. He also directed: Coma (1978), The First Great Train Robbery (1978), Looker (1981), and Runaway (1984). He was the creator of the television series ER (1994–2009), and several of his novels were adapted into films, most notably the Jurassic Park franchise.

Crichton was criticized for his contrarian position on scientific issues, most notably his views on climate change.[1][2][3]