Michael Crichton: The Med School Years

"While I was in medical school, I began to write," explains Michael Crichton in this brand-new video exploring the life of the well-known author during his years in med school. Archival footage of Crichton, with commentary from his agent Lynn Nesbit, former professor Dr. Howard Hiatt, and friend Winston Chappell,… » 7/23/13 12:26pm 7/23/13 12:26pm

The Most Miraculous Fictional Cure-Alls (and Where to Find Them)

Medicine is hard. You have to diagnose people's illnesses, run tests, and prescribe treatments. But what if you could just give out a one-size-fits-all treatment? There are lots of miraculous panaceas in science fiction and fantasy, which can fix any problem. Here are the five types of fictional miracle cures. » 4/11/13 1:00pm 4/11/13 1:00pm

Before Westworld, Another Robot Gunslinger Walked the Cyber Streets of…

From the recently-posted Life » 11/23/08 9:00am 11/23/08 9:00am magazine archives comes photographic evidence of a pistol-packing robot that predated Michael Crichton’s and Yul Brynner’s by some 13 years. We've got more pictures after the jump. Alas, the archives don’t tell us much more than that the robot was built by Robert Wolfe and that the…

Jurassic Park Creator Michael Crichton Dies Unexpectedly

Best known for five-minutes-into-the-future science thrillers like Jurassic Park » 11/05/08 10:13am 11/05/08 10:13am and , biogeek author Michael Crichton has died. The 66-year-old, who was also behind major media hits like medico-drama ER, authored several works of science fiction such as , and underrated cyborg revolt movie . He had been struggling…

Michael Crichton: Evil, Or Just A Crazy Luddite?

Arguably the science fiction writer who's achieved the most mainstream success in the past few decades is Michael Crichton, whose works include the Andromeda Strain, Westworld and (most famously) Jurassic Park. So it's too bad Crichton achieved his success by being an evil luddite, writes Star Dragon author Mike… » 7/21/08 4:44pm 7/21/08 4:44pm

Alien Plague Eats Town, In Ridley Scott's "Andromeda"

The original classic of plague lit, Michael Crichton's Andromeda Strain, is getting a classy remake as an A&E miniseries. Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, the new Andromeda looks like it'll bring all of the intensity, and grit of the novel, but with more of an action-movie spin. Best of all, it'll sacrifice none of… » 3/19/08 6:30am 3/19/08 6:30am

Bald Gunslinging Robots Make Theme Parks Fun!

Long before Michael Crichton opened up the can of dinosaurs and let them run loose inside a theme park with Jurassic Park, he had already visited the world of theme parks going bad. In the early 1970s, he wrote and directed Westworld, the tale of an android-filled theme park where the robots get a little pissed off… » 2/28/08 11:00am 2/28/08 11:00am

Andromeda Strain Reborn As Miniseries On A&E

One point that Battlestar Galactica keeps trying to hammer home is "All this has happened before, and will happen again." With yet another scifi remake on the horizon, they may be more right than they know. The Sci Fi channel announced back in 2004 that they would be making a miniseries version of Michael Crichton's… » 11/13/07 11:09am 11/13/07 11:09am