State of Fear

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State of Fear is a 2004 techno-thriller novel by Michael Crichton, his fourteenth under his own name and twenty-fourth overall, in which eco-terrorists plot mass murder to publicize the danger of global warming. Despite being a work of fiction, the book contains many graphs and footnotes, two appendices, and a 20-page bibliography in support of Crichton's beliefs about global warming. Many climate scientists, science journalists, environmental groups, and science advocacy organizations dispute the presented views as being error-filled and distorted.[n 1]

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State of Fear
First edition cover
AuthorMichael Crichton
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction,
Dystopian novel
Publication date
December 7, 2004
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages641 (798 in special paperback ed.)
Preceded byPrey 
Followed byNext 

The novel had an initial print run of 1.5 million copies and reached the #1 bestseller position at Amazon and #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list for one week in January 2005. The novel itself has garnered mixed reviews, with some literary reviewers stating that the book's misrepresentation of facts and stance on the global warming debate distract it from its plot. The book is thought to have popularised the Antarctica cooling controversy.