Michael Crichton dies

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by rcorporon, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
    While I enjoyed Solaris, most of it is crap indeed.
     
  2. horse

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    hell, you cannot expect ALL people to be smart. that, sir, was one ridiculous statement.
     
  3. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    May 18, 2003
    Epic fail.
     
  4. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
     
  5. Crowfoot

    Crowfoot Still Mildly Glowing

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    Shame about the man dying. I don't think he even told anyone that he was ill.

    While I'm not a fan of his work, or sci-fi generally, I really enjoyed Eaters Of The Dead; it showed his versatility as a writer.
     
  6. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias First time out of the vault

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    I hate to be the irreverent one, but the man was a whore. He wrote a The Lost World as a sequel to the MOVIE Jurassic Park, reviving characters that had died in the book -- namely Ian Malcom.

    He was also a global warming critic. http://www.crichton-official.com/speech-alienscauseglobalwarming.html

    And I don't think he wrote a good book since Jurassic Park. I mean, "Sphere"?? EPIC fail.

    Spoiler:
    [spoiler:4c54737715]He's going to hell. [/spoiler:4c54737715]
     
  7. Nonagon

    Nonagon Still Mildly Glowing

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    What, you believe in global warming, and Jesus? What an oxymoron. Of course, I suppose you don't really need to be very smart to believe global warming, quite the opposite, really.
     
  8. iridium_ionizer

    iridium_ionizer Mildly Dipped

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    Michael Crichton pretty much invented the contemporary Sci-Fi thriller - at least for the past generation. I'm not saying he was an amazingly talented writer. I enjoyed the Andromeda Strain, which showcased his medical knowledge (he was a medical doctor) and with all of its side notes is pretty much a primer on epidemiology. I also enjoyed Jurassic Park, and I still think this idea will eventually come to fruition. There is enough profit to be made from zoos and toys and TV shows that some biotech startup with the capability and venture capital behind them would be fools to pass it up. Maybe they won't be true dinosaurs - I'm not sure that there's enough dino-DNA still around in amber or bones or birds (and Crichton brought up that possibility) but looking and acting enough like dinosaurs to be convincing.

    As he got away from his medical knowledge I think his work suffered with shoddier science in the Sci-Fi. I read Prey and thought it got a bit ridiculous with its science and its main character.

    Perhaps Crichton's most lasting impact on culture will be his role in creating the long-running TV show E.R. which redefined the realism in doctor TV shows - and without which there probably wouldn't be a C.S.I. or a House.
     
  9. dhomochevsky

    dhomochevsky First time out of the vault

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    Nov 23, 2008
    Them's fighting words around this town, par'ner.

    I first read the Cyberiad when I was 13 and even if I missed some of its subtleties, I fucking laughed my ass off and thought it was a good book. Later on I kept coming back to it and discovering new hidden meanings. During the years I found a totally different appreciation of the man and his work, Lem's writings are some of the most cerebral and entertaining works that I got my hands on.

    About Crichton: I swear, I didn't know he died. This thread was the first news I read about it. I too liked Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. It is a loss, but I think a greater loss was Arthur C. Clarke's death earlier this year. But I guess when it's time to go, it's time to go.
     
  10. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008


    Come get some.
     
  11. Infernaeus

    Infernaeus First time out of the vault

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    Nov 23, 2008
    oh look at me yes i read jules verne and other classics because i am intelligent unlike you mongoloids and your "modern" science fiction mahahaha

    i also use 4chan acronyms to show my superior taste in literature
     
  12. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
    o hai dere look at me I use Hugh Laurie as an avatar to show off my awesome taste in televion series.
     
  13. Infernaeus

    Infernaeus First time out of the vault

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    Nov 23, 2008
    Yes, because Hugh Laurie has only ever acted in one television series ever.
     
  14. Patton89

    Patton89 Vault Dweller

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    Nov 21, 2008
    Sad, he was a good writer, admittedly i haven't read his entire work, but i did read some of his books. And i liked the original jurassic park book. He really should have lived longer, and healthier.

    What, how do you decide it ? Isn't "god" supposed to sort them out ? Or was it jesus ?

    :sigh: religion always baffels me.

    EDIT: Don't forget Jeeves&Wooster
     
  15. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
    Isn't series plural?
     
  16. Infernaeus

    Infernaeus First time out of the vault

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    Yes, I suppose I could have said serial, but they both mean the same thing in this context. A group of episodes one after the other.

    Anyways, to stop threadshitting, I enjoyed Eaters of the Dead. Even though it was a shitty movie, there will always be a special place in my heart for the 13th Warrior as well.
     
  17. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
    I enjoyed him in Black Adder though. But House is hyped waaaaaaaay beyond what should be legal.

    The 13th warrior was alright, it had some nice feeling to it. Even though the whole "arab coming to the north and being greeted as one of them" is a bit, well, wrong.