I was sorry to learn of the passing of the writer Michael Crichton. My first introduction to his work was The Andromeda Strain, which I read as a student in high school. It was a good read in the 1970’s and many of us enjoyed it. The movie remains in my top 20 list. Juriassic Park was another enjoyable book.

I will say that some of his more recent books were constructed in a way that was a bit too much like television. But he was a talented writer for the scientifically tolerant mass market and I am sorry to hear that we will not be treated to more of his work.

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