About the Writer, Writing

Letters to an Author: Dear Michael Crichton

This is the first of a series called Letters to an Author. What authors have influenced and inspired you? What did you like or dislike about them? How did they change how you perceive the world?

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Dear Michael Crichton,

For making sci-fi feel accessible, I thank you.

I have never considered myself “good at” science. It was always something reserved for the people I thought of as super-smart.

I just didn’t feel like I was good at science, and with you, I don’t have to be.

I know wires are important, but I didn’t need to know all about them to enjoy Terminal Man. I understand the concept of a camera and recognize the expertise involved in studying dinosaur bones, but I didn’t need to study those to enjoy Dragon Teeth.

Can you believe I haven’t read Jurassic Park? Don’t worry, it’s on my list – and I saw the movie!

There arre the authors we think are our favorite authors, then there are the ones we come back to again and again. It’s hard to pick a favorite sometimes. But I own more books by you than any other author. Mostly in paperback – except Pirate Latitudes in hardcover, which I loved by the way.

Thank you for making mystery fun and nerdiness magical. For making it an exploration and an adventure. For making me not only think but ponder. For helping me enjoy science.

There’s probably a huge line of people who want to meet you on the other side, and you know I’ll be in it.

Love, Heather

To learn more about Michael Crichton and his many projects, visit The Official Site of Michael Crichton.

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