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Michael Crichton and the future

By Tom Chatfield  

Michael Crichton died a few days ago at the dismayingly young age of 66. Appropriately enough, his glowing obituaries have collectively formed one of the most readable, engaging tributes I’ve read to any author in the last few years—a tale packed with dazzling statistics (at one point, he was simultaneously responsible for the number one film, book and TV series in America: Jurrasic Park, Disclosure and ER), precocious narrative leaps (he published his first article in the New York Times aged 14; he funded…

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