Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton also wrote as: John Lange, Jeffery Hudson and Michael Douglas.

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on October 23rd, 1942 and passed away at the age of 66 on November 4th, 2008.

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Michael Crichton Stats: The highest rated book by Michael Crichton on Book Notification is The Terminal Man, a Standalone novel. The second-highest rated book is Next, a Standalone novel.

The most read book by Michael Crichton on Book Notification is Jurassic Park, the first novel in the Jurassic Park series. The second most read book is The Andromeda Strain (Andromeda #1).

Below is a complete list of Michael Crichton books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series.

List of Andromeda Books in Publication Order

List of Jurassic Park Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Scripts Books in Publication Order

Michael Crichton: Biography

Michael Crichton was born on October 23rd, 1942. Michael passed away November 4th, 2008 at 66 years old. Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Crichton attended Harvard College where he received a B.A. Biological Anthropology.

Michael Crichton is probably best known for his Standalone Novels. There are currently 26 novels available. The first standalone was released in 1966 with the novel Odds On. The most recently released novel was Eruption which was released in 2024.

Michael Crichton has been included on Japan's Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! list one time. It should be no surprise that it was for Jurassic Park, which was ranked #6 in 1992.

Dragon Teeth was listed as one of the best Historical Fiction Thrillers of 2017 by The Real Book Spy. The forerunner to Jurassic Park is set in the American West in 1876 during the Bone Wars, a period of competition for fossil hunting between two real-life paleontologists noted for their intense rivalry.

Michael Crichton: Awards & Accolades

Crichton's books have won multiple awards, A Case of Need won the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1969. The Andromeda Strain won the Seiun Award, Best Translated Long Work, in 1971. The Great Train Robbery won the Edgar Award, Best Motion Picture Screenplay, in 1980.

Michael Crichton books have also been nominated for multiple awards, Grave Descend was nominated for the Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original, in 1971. Jurassic Park was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, in 2016. Travels was nominated for the Audie Award, Best Autobiography or Memoir, in 2016.

Michael Crichton: Lists & Other Mentions

  • Rising Sun was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1992.
  • Disclosure was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1994.
  • The Lost World was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1995.
  • Airframe was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1996 and 1997.
  • Prey was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2002 and 2003.

Michael Crichton: TV/Movies Based on Books

In 2008, there was a TV series created baed on The Andromeda Strain. It was a mini series of just two episodes which totalled just under 3 hours. It is quite different from its source material. The TV series aired on A&E initially, and starred Benjamin BRatt and Eric McCormack.

Numerous novels by Michael Crichton have been adapted into movies. Here is a list in alphabetical order:

A Case of Need: A novel written by Michael under the pseudonym of Jeffery Hudson. This was made into a crime thriller movie in 1972 and was titled The Carey Treatment. It stars James Coburn as Dr. Peter Carey, the lead character. In the novel, his name was Dr. John Berry.

Binary: The novel Binary which Michael wrote under the John Lange pseudonym, was made into the movie Pursuit in 1972. It was a made for TV movie for ABC that was the debut of Crichton as a director.

Congo: The 1980 novel by Michael Crichton was a solid box office performer when it was released in 1995. Starring Laura Linney and Tim Curry, the sci-fi adventure also saw a video game released based on it. This was called Congo: The Movie: The Lost City of Zinj.

Dealing: or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty Brick Lost Bag Blues: This novel, which Michael wrote with his brother Douglas Crichton under the combined name of Michael Douglas, was released as an indy movie in 1972. Directed by Paul Williams, actors such as John Lithgow appeared in it. Robert F. Lyons and Barbara Hershey were the stars of the movie.

Disclosure: The movie based on this novel released in 1994. Starring Demi Moore and Michael Douglas, it was a big success at the box office.

Eaters of the Dead: The 1976 novel was adapted into a movie in 1999, although under a different name. It is called The 13th Warrior. It starred Omar Sharif, Diane Varona and Antonio Banderas. The screenplay was by Warren Lewis and William Wisher Jr., and it was directed by John McTiernan. Unfortunately it struggled at the box offices, with a reported loss of at least $120 million. It suffered numerous re-edits and Michael Crichton ended up taking over as the director.

Jurassic Park: The novel Jurassic Park was adapted as a movie in 1993. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and was an incredible hit which spawned numerous sequels. The sequel to the book, The Lost World, was made into a movie in 1997 as well although it was a loose adaptation of it. Jurassic Park III was released on July 16, 2001, Jurassic World was released on June 12, 2015, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released on June 22, 2018, and Jurassic World Dominion was released on June 10, 2022, even though the four latest movies were not based on Michael Crichton's novels they were based on characters that he created.

Rising Sun: The book was made into a movie of the same name in 1993. A buddy cop movie featuring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes saw Crichton also write the screenplay along with the director Philip Kaufman.

Sphere: This 1987 book made it to the big screen in 1998. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson, it was directed by Barry Levinson.

The Andromeda Strain: The 1969 novel by Crichton was adapted to the big screen in 1971, shortly after its release. There were very few changes from the novel. It starred Arthur Hill and James Olson, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Art DIrection and Best Film Editing.

The Great Train Robbery: Michael wrote the screenplay for this one, and the movie was called The First Great Train Robbery as well as just The Great Train Robbery depending on the market. Michael also directed this movie which starred Sean Connery, Lesley-Anne Down and Donald Sutherland. It actually won an Edgar Award for the Best Motion Picture Screenplay.

The Terminal Man: This 1972 book was adapted into a movie in 1974. Not to be confused with the Tom Hanks movie The Terminal, this was a movie in the horror and sci-fi genre which starred George Segal.

Timeline: A movie was made on this 1999 book in 2003. It starred Paul Walker.

Related Authors

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Michael Crichton are:

  1. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.
  2. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  3. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  4. Stephen King, author of The Dark Tower Series.
  5. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.

Michael Crichton: F.A.Q

When was Michael Crichton Born?

Michael Crichton was born on October 23rd, 1942.

When did Michael Crichton die?

Michael Crichton died on November 4th, 2008 at 66 years old.

Where was Michael Crichton Born?

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

What book awards has Michael Crichton won?

A Case of Need: Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (1969).
The Andromeda Strain: Seiun Award Best Translated Long Work (1971).
The Great Train Robbery: Edgar Award Best Motion Picture Screenplay (1980).

What was the first book Michael Crichton wrote?

The first novel written by Michael Crichton was Odds On, published in 1966.

What was the most recent book Michael Crichton wrote?

His most recently released work was Eruption on June 3rd, 2024.

How many books has Michael Crichton written?

Michael Crichton has written 35 books. 2 books in the Andromeda Series, 2 books in the Jurassic Park Series, 26 Standalone Novels, 4 books in the Non-Fiction Books, 8 Standalone Novels, 1 Standalone Novel, 1 book in the Scripts Series.

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    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Michael Crichton made my childhood. I think I was ten when I watched Jurassic Park for the first time. An aunt took me to the cinema on a random Sunday, and my mind was blown.

    The movie had been out for over a decade by this point. Yet, for some reason, I’d never heard of it. Since that Sunday, my obsession with dinosaurs has only continued to grow. Imagine my surprise when I learned, in my teens, that Jurassic Park came from a book.

    The novel was just as tense and exciting as the movie. Actually, no. I’ll say it. The book was better because it allows you to sit with the characters for more extended periods and to understand them better. One of these days, I will get around to reading Crichton’s other creations. For now, I’m content to re-read Jurassic Park every few months.

    Denis M
    Denis M
    8 months ago

    I loved Timeline, which I read years ago. The time travel component is what did it for me. Going back and forth, or maybe not, from present day to ancient times provided an interesting and captivating story.

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