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n316012Pirate Latitudes” reminds you more of “Eaters of the Dead” or “Timeline” (minus the time travel aspect) than Michael Crichton’s more famous books like Jurassic Park, Prey. And, like many historical novels starring pirates, it is a bit cheesy in pieces.

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andromeda_strain Perhaps it is the indication of how little known Michael Crichton’s first novel (as Michael Crichton) “The Andromeda Strain ” is – the 2-part A&E TV miniseries came and went without making much of a splash. Although, there may be other reasons for that (see below).

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RIP Michael Crichton

Jurassic ParkOne of the first book-to-movie adaptations I read about was “Jurassic Park” and it remains one of the rare few cases where I saw the movie before I read the book (because it was a long time before I figured out there was a book called “Jurassic Park“). But after that, I just had to get my hands on the other books by the author. Thus Michael Crichton became one of the first English authors (after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) whose books I have read.

Although I didn’t read the almost-Doomsday scenarios in “State of Fear” and “Next” as enthusiastically, “Timeline” remains one of my favourite time travel stories, while Jurassic Park series (Jurassic Park and Lost World)easily make it to the list of my Top 5 Sci-Fi series.

RIP Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008). From dinosaurs to nanobots, from jungles of Congo with vicious apes to concrete jungles with ruthless humans, sci-fi will miss you.

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