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Michael Crichton is the author of over a dozen best selling novels and has directed several films. He has also successfully created television shows.

Crichton was born in Chicago in 1942. After high school he attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1969 but never became a licensed practitioner of medicine. He paid his tuition by writing thrillers under pseudonyms. "A Case of Need" won an Edgar Award and "The Andromedia Strain" became a bestseller. Eventually this novel was sold in Hollywood for a screenplay.

Crichton has received numerous awards over the years including: Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1968, Association of American Medical Writers Award, 1970 , Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award, 1995 , George Foster Peabody Award , Writer's Guild of America Award, Best Long Form Television Script of 1995 , Emmy, Best Dramatic Series, 1996.

Micheal Crichton’s novels and nonfiction writing include: Odds On – 1966, Scratch One – 1967, Easy Go – 1968, The Venom Business – 1969, Zero Cool –1969, Grave Descend – 1970, Drug of Choice – 1970, Binary – 1972, A Case of Need - 1968, reissued in 1993, Dealing (or the "Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues") – 1971, The Andromeda Strain – 1969, The Terminal Man – 1972, The Great Train Robbery – 1975, Eaters of the Dead – 1976, Congo – 1980, Sphere – 1987, Jurassic Park – 1990, Rising Sun – 1992, Disclosure – 1993, The Lost World – 1995, Airframe – 1996, Timeline – 1999, Five Patients – 1970, Jasper Johns – 1977, Electronic Life – 1983, Travels – 1988, Jasper Johns (revised edition) – 1996.
Several of these novels display an intimate knowledge of the science involved as a tool to building intrigue and suspense. Primatology, international economics, Nordic history, neurobiology, biophysics and genetics are artfully explained through Crichton’s knowledge and research of each subject. These bestselling novels have been translated into over 20 languages, worldwide.

Michael has also directed several movies, including "Westworld", "Coma", and "The Great Train Robbery", and is the creator of the television series "ER".