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Author - Michael Crichton
Crichton and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle both wrote books featuring dinosaurs and entitled The Lost World.

Author - Michael Crichton

John Michael Crichton was born in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He went to Harvard Medical School and had his first novels published while he was still a student there. His breakthrough came with the publication of his first best seller The Andromeda Strain in 1969.

During his career Crichton wrote a total of 27 novels, most notably Jurassic Park which was made into a film by Steven Spielberg. He also wrote 4 works of non-fiction and several short stories. In addition he worked as a film director, with Westworld perhaps his most famous work and as a producer, on the TV series ER and the film Twister. He died in 2008 at the age of 66.

Did you know that Michael Crichton's first novels were published under the pen name John Lange? Or that he appeared in as 'the Bearded Surgeon' in the film version of his novel The Andromeda Strain? What else do you know about the life and works of Michael Crichton? Test yourself in this quiz.

1.
What is the title of the 1980 novel that features a strange race of gorillas?
Congo
Drongo
Mongo
Wongo
The gorillas are guarding diamond mines
2.
In which 1994 novel does high-tech company executive Tom Sanders battle against unfounded allegations of sexual harassment?
Exposure
Expulsion
Disclosure
Dismissal
That same year a film version of Disclosure was made starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore
3.
Who played mathematician Dr Ian Malcolm in the 1993 film Jurassic Park?
Jeff Goldblum
Samuel L Jackson
Sam Neill
Bob Peck
Dr Malcolm is declared dead at the end of the novel Jurassic Park, but he appears in the sequel, explaining that "the declaration was premature"
4.
Who played the malfunctioning robot in the 1973 film Westworld written and directed by Crichton and set in a futuristic theme park?
Richard Benjamin
James Brolin
Charles Bronson
Yul Brynner
Westworld has a similar theme to Crichton's later work Jurassic Park. In both a theme park goes horribly wrong
5.
What is the title of Crichton's 1969 novel about a team of scientists investigating a deadly extraterrestrial disease?
The Adonis Strain
The Androcles Strain
The Andromeda Strain
The Anthrax Strain
The Andromeda Strain was Crichton's sixth novel to be published, but the first published under his own name
6.
As an undergraduate, Crichton admits to having plagiarised which writer?
Isaac Asimov
George Orwell
Jules Verne
H G Wells
He did it as an experiment. He got a B- grade!
7.
The 1990 novel Jurassic Park is set on an island off the coast of which country?
Costa Rica
Cuba
El Salvador
Honduras
The book was a bestseller and is probably Michael Crichton's best known novel - even more so after the film version was made 3 years later
8.
What is the title of Crichton's 1983 non-fiction book about personal computers?
Cyberlife
Electronic Life
Future Life
Get a Life
Electronic Life was one of four non-fiction works by Crichton. He also wrote Five Patients (a description of patients' experiences in hospital), Jasper Johns (about the eponymous artist) and Travels (an autobiogrophy)
9.
What is the title of Crichton's 1995 novel, the sequel to Jurassic Park?
Dinosaur World
Jurassic Park Revisited
Return to Jurassic Park
The Lost World
The book shares its name with the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which also features dinosaurs
10.
In which 1996 novel does Casey Singleton investigate an in-flight aircraft accident?
Airbus
Airframe
Airport
Airstrike
A disaster is caused by a combination of faulty parts and human error

 

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