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

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