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Writer Michael Crichton Dead at 66

Novelist, screenwriter and director Michael Crichton, best known for his sci-fi stories based in fact, has died of cancer at 66.

Crichton wrote big books, ones that the film rights were sold long before publication.  Books like, ‘The Andromeda Strain,’ ‘Discolsure,’ and, of course, ‘Jurassic Park.’  Crichton co-wrote the script for ‘Twister,’ and co-created TV’s ‘E.R.’.

He also was a film director, making such films as ‘The Great Train Robbery,’ ‘Westworld,’ and ‘Looker.’  My personal favorite was ‘Coma,’ a paranoid 1970s medical thriller starring Michael Douglas.

Crichton’s forcast of the future was not alway bright, but it was always interesting.  He will be missed.  -Sam

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