Michael Crichton, popular fiction writer and creator/producer of the medical drama ER, has died suddenly after a private battle with cancer at the age of 66 in LA Tuesday evening.  He is known for his body of fiction and non fiction which includes more than 20 bestsellers, many of which were adapted into blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Congo.  Crichton also had a prominent role in Hollywood- he co-wrote screenplays for films such as Jurassic Park and Twister and also wrote and directed 1979’s The Great Train Robbery.

I’ll never forget being 12 years old and gripping the sides of my worn, well read copy of Jurassic Park and trembling in fear as I read the scene in which the T-Rex swims deftly after the boat in the lake, a scene which never made it onto the screen.  Between Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Disclosure, Crichton was one of the first authors to introduce me to the vast and fascinating world of adaptations.  He will be missed by many and remembered well.