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This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. March Learn how and when to remove this template message Odds On was Crichton's first published novel.
It was published in under the pseudonym of John Lange. It is a page paperback novel which describes an attempted robbery in an isolated hotel on Costa Brava. The robbery is planned scientifically with the help of a critical path analysis computer program, but unforeseen events get in the way.
InCrichton published Scratch One. The novel relates the story of Roger Carr, a handsome, charming and privileged man who practices law, more as a means to support his playboy lifestyle than a career.
Carr is sent to Nice, France, where he has notable political connections, but is mistaken for an assassin and finds his life in jeopardy, implicated in the world of terrorism. Inhe published two novels, Easy Go and A Case of Needthe second of which was re-published inunder his real name.
Easy Go relates the story of Harold Barnaby, a brilliant Egyptologistwho discovers a concealed message while translating hieroglyphicsinforming him of an unnamed pharaoh whose tomb is yet to be discovered.
A Case of Need, on the other hand, was a medical thriller in which a Boston pathologist, Dr. John Berry, investigates an apparent illegal abortion conducted by an obstetrician friend, which caused the early demise of a young woman.
The novel would prove a turning point in Crichton's future novels, in which technology is important in the subject matter, although this novel was as much about medical practice.
The novel earned him an Edgar Award in InCrichton published three novels. The first, Zero Cooldealt with an American radiologist on vacation in Spain who is caught in a murderous crossfire between rival gangs seeking a precious artifact.
The second, The Andromeda Strainwould prove to be the most important novel of his career and establish him as a best-selling author. The novel documented the efforts of a team of scientists investigating a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism that fatally clots human blood, causing death within two minutes.
The novel became an instant success, and it was adapted into the film directed by Robert Wise.
Crichton's third novel ofThe Venom Business relates the story of a smuggler who uses his exceptional skill as a snake handler to his advantage by importing snakes to be used by drug companies and universities for medical research. The snakes are simply a ruse to hide the presence of rare Mexican artifacts.
Drug of ChoiceGrave Descend and Dealing: Dealing was written under the pen name 'Michael Douglas', using their first names. This novel was adapted to the big screen and set a wave for his brother Douglas as well as himself.
Grave Descend earned him an Edgar Award nomination the following year. The first, Binaryrelates the story of a villainous middle-class businessman, who attempts to assassinate the President of the United States by stealing an army shipment of the two precursor chemicals that form a deadly nerve agent.
The second, The Terminal Manis about a psychomotor epileptic sufferer, Harry Benson, who in regularly suffering seizures followed by blackouts, conducts himself inappropriately during seizures, waking up hours later with no knowledge of what he has done.
Believed to be psychotic, he is investigated; electrodes are implanted in his brain, continuing the preoccupation in Crichton's novels with machine-human interaction and technology.
The novel was adapted into a film directed by Mike Hodges and starring George Segal. However, neither the novel nor the film was well received by critics.
The novel is a recreation of the Great Gold Robbery ofa massive gold heist, which takes place on a train traveling through Victorian era England. A considerable portion of the book was set in London.
The novel was later made into a film directed by Crichton and starring Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland.
InCrichton published Eaters of the Deada novel about a 10th-century Muslim who travels with a group of Vikings to their settlement.
Eaters of the Dead is narrated as a scientific commentary on an old manuscript and was inspired by two sources. The first three chapters retell Ahmad ibn Fadlan 's personal account of his journey north and his experiences in encountering the Rus'the early Russian peoples, whilst the remainder is based upon the story of Beowulfculminating in battles with the 'mist-monsters', or 'wendol', a relict group of Neanderthals.
The novel was adapted into the film The 13th Warrior directed by John McTiernanwho was later removed with Crichton himself taking over direction of reshoots. InCrichton published the novel Congowhich centers on an expedition searching for diamonds in the tropical rain forest of Congo.
The novel was adapted into the film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Laura Linney.
Seven years later, Crichton published Spherea novel which relates the story of psychologist Norman Johnson, who is required by the U.The Mysteries of Science - The Mysteries of Science Introduction As I write this essay, I am over whelmed by what human beings can accomplish given time and space.
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The Independent Institute November 15, Philosophy of Science. A few miles farther on, we came to a big, gravelly roadcut that looked like an ashfall, a mudflow, glacial till, and fresh oatmeal, imperfectly blended. "I don't know what this glop is," [Kenneth Deffeyes] said, in final capitulation.